Intellectual Property Policy

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Intellectual property is what is created by the human mind. This creation has educational, artistic, social, and cultural value but also real or potential economic value. Such creations deserve ethical and legal protection.

Intellectual property, in the context of this policy, is to include but not be limited to distance learning courses or segments thereof, audio cassettes, video cassettes, CD ROMs, audio CDs, and printed matter. It also includes scientific discovery and inventions.

  • A course (title, catalog description, syllabus, outcomes, required readings, etc. and all that is included in the approved syllabus) that is prepared for delivery over the Internet specifically directed by the University is the permanent property of the University. If a faculty member prepared materials for the course and later teaches at a different institution, he or she will have the right to use any or all such materials.
  • New material created as expressly directed by the University shall belong to the University.
  • Newly created material not expressly directed by the University belongs to the author or designer. Should this material be offered as a University course, the author has the right of first refusal in teaching the course. The author retains ownership of the material whether the author remains or leaves the University.
  • Compliance with copyright law is required in the production of all materials covered by this policy. This includes materials produced by students that could be subject to copyright if one were sought.
  • Nothing in this policy is meant to infringe upon or supersede rights regarding printed material prepared solely in the context of scholarly activity. In most cases such rights are held by the publishing journal, the author, or some form of joint ownership between the journal and the author.
  • In published work completed as independent scholarly activity, the University should be acknowledged editorially by the author.