Best Practices Regarding University Photography and Personal Privacy
Generally speaking, it is permissible to capture university
photographic images of people in public places performing public
For staged photography set-ups, NIU photographers should obtain signed
release forms from the subjects.
While shooting photographic images, NIU photographers will respect
anyone's request not to be photographed. It is permissible to request
that anyone not wishing to be photographed to move, within reason, to a location
away from the area of photographic interest.
Upon request, NIU will remove any images from a university controlled
social media site.
If a printed brochure contains objectionable images, future printings
will include a replacement image, but NIU will not recall materials already
printed and/or distributed.
Photoshop manipulation of images of people to create an artificial
scene will not be permitted. Clean-up of images using photoshop is permitted,
but altering the context of the photograph is not permitted.
To the extent possible, reasonable steps should be taken to notify
people in advance that photographers will be present and working. This can be
accomplished for most predictable public events utilizing signage and printing
notices on the backs of tickets.