University of Colorado officials today acknowledged for the first time that sociology professor Patti Adler's prostitution skit brought up concerns about student being photographed or filmed without their consent.
After an emergency meeting of the Boulder Faculty Assembly this morning -- which was closed to the press and the public -- College of Arts and Sciences Dean Steven Leigh, CU Provost Russell Moore and faculty assembly chair Paul Chinowsky spoke during a joint press conference in the basement of the University Club on the Boulder campus.
"With any course involving something unusual, like photographing students, we ask for consent forms to be signed," Leigh said. "For example, when we photograph someone in a theater rehearsal, they have to sign consent forms for this. We were concerned in this course that maybe there are cell phone videos being taken or other kinds of videos that would put students in a position where we didn't have consent on these issues."
Leigh's concern about student consent has not been mentioned by administrators before.