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Policy (open access)


The University recognizes the authorship of textbooks and the production of educational materials by faculty as a valuable form of scholarship in the faculty member’s particular discipline. In some instances, these books and materials are produced for a wide audience of students at several institutions; they are peer-reviewed, published, and distributed by a recognized publisher for general purchase. Likewise, at times, faculty may find that creating their own instructional material better meets their pedagogical needs than using materials available on the market. Both of these situations can create actual and apparent conflicts of interest when students have to pay for materials and faculty receive a financial benefit from the student’s purchase. This policy addresses how the University resolves these concerns.

Responsible Party

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs