FAQ: Remote, Distance Learning-Related
Under our University license, Zoom underwent a review by the Higher Education Community Vendor Assessment Tool by the SBU information security team, and they signed a FERPA rider which means they are required to hold all student user data secure under federal guidelines.
Additionally, the University has disabled Zoom’s Attention Tracker feature to protect privacy.
Faculty are encouraged to record their class sessions over Zoom. This ensures that students’ learning experiences are not adversely affected by Internet connectivity issues.
However, we have advised faculty only to share recorded lectures with the relevant course section to protect student privacy. Students do not have the ability to record videos in Zoom, and only the host (or co-hosts) can enable recording. Instructors can also choose to use the Zoom Spotlight feature, which only records the presenter rather than the faces of all of those in class.
If you do not want your home or location to appear on Zoom, we encourage you to upload a virtual background using the Virtual Background feature, which will replace your background environment with an appropriate* image of your choice.
If you would like to use an image of the Stony Brook campus, you may select from this collection of images . Download the image of your choice, and click the + icon on the "Choose Virtual Background" screen, and follow the prompts to upload your image.
Please note: Photos taken from the Internet may be subject to copyright, and must follow all relevant Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity policies.
For those without the ability to use a Virtual Background, we recommend situating your computer and camera to include a wall in the background so that the general room environment is not visible.
*Images deemed to be inappropriate or violating University policies should not be used.
Zoom allows participants to turn off their video, but many instructors require video feeds to create an active and engaging learning environment. If you have specific reasons that make you unwilling to broadcast your image, we encourage you to address these concerns with your individual instructor(s).
Instructors are working diligently to transition labs to an online format. For now, students should expect to participate online at the regular time that their labs are currently held. This plan may be subject to change and instructors will notify students if alternate arrangements are required.
All classes and finals will meet remotely.
It is strongly recommended that international students remain in the U.S. due to the potential risks and challenges related to reentry into the U.S. Students who choose to depart the U.S. for the remainder of the semester will be expected to participate in courses in the method identified by the faculty and at the same day of the week and time as when it was offered on campus.
Student related issues: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Academic related issues: email@example.com.
International Travel and immigration services: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stony Brook University HR-related issues: email@example.com
Stony Brook University Hospital HR-related issues: SBUHHR@stonybrookmedicine.edu
Long Island State Veterans Home HR-related issues: LISVH_HR@stonybrookmedicine.edu
This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider or regulatory agency for further information.