Filming on Campus

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Our exteriors are public access and when filming video or shooting photos, there should be no issues for your shoots. The only question is shooting interiors of academic buildings on campus; in those situations, we need to alert building deputies.

When using video/photographs of individuals in your promotional materials and media, it is important to consider if a release/consent form from the photograph's subjects/models is required before the photograph is published or otherwise made publicly available. 

These general guidelines were developed by staff in Purdue Marketing and Media and the Office of the Registrar. If your college, school or program has established more stringent requirements than what is listed below, you should observe your area's requirements. 

When a Release is Not Typically Required

A release is generally not required if students or others are:

  • Photographed in a public space or at public events where there is no reasonable expectation of privacy, including but not limited to: sporting events, Boiler Gold Rush, Spring Fest and concerts. These types of photographs include general campus scene photos.
  • The primary focus of the video/photograph taken in a non-public environment and are not recognizable, such as when a silhouette, rearview, or out-of-focus shot is taken.
  • Purdue faculty or staff.
  • Invited to attend a group activity/event and chose to participate of their own free will.
  • Classroom or lab environment where the video/photography has been requested by the faculty member, department, college, or other appropriate agent of the University.  

When a Release is Typically Required

A release is generally required if students or others (except Purdue faculty/staff) are:

  • The primary focus of a photograph taken in a non-public space, are recognizable and have been recruited specifically to serve as subjects/models.
  • Minors. It is important to obtain a signed release for minors. Exceptions may include: public events, such as Spring Fest and athletic events. In the absence of a signed release, verbal permission from the parent or guardian is advised.
  • Current students, identifiable and in a location for a specific purpose other than being photographed. For example, if a group of current students is studying in a Purdue library and you want to take a photograph of the group studying, a release/consent form or verbal consent should be obtained from each subject/model.

As a courtesy to subjects/models, you are encouraged to obtain a video/photo release/consent form or verbal consent in instances where an individual can be identified and is the primary focus of a specific photograph.

A sample release/consent form is available from Purdue Marketing and Media.

For further information, please contact Lorri Foster, assistant director, Purdue Marketing and Media, 765-496-6179, or Mark Simons, photographer, Purdue Marketing and Media, 765-494-9148.