GPS/ISSS Photography Policy

Read the policy (Google Drive link)


International Student and Scholar Services and the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance (University of Minnesota)


While many organizations have all clients sign photo waivers as a matter of practice, there are many reasons why individuals do not want to be photographed for publicity purposes. These reasons can range from bad hair days to suspicions that their photo will be misused or cultural beliefs. As part of the GPS’s commitment to respecting all cultures, I worked with leadership to create a policy requiring staff to create plans to 1) give people every opportunity possible to refuse to allow their photo to be taken and 2) ensure individuals aren’t prevented from using services/attending events solely due to not wanting their photo taken.

Additional Information

Type of Project

  • Equity concerns in communications
  • Organizational policy

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