Use of Intellectual Property
Use of Intellectual Property - Policy Concerning the Assigning of Faculty Authored Textbooks or Other Intellectual Property to Students Taught by Same Faculty
Assignment of Textbooks or Other Intellectual Property
Section 1-84 of the Connecticut General Statutes prohibits public officials and other state employees from using their public office or position to obtain a financial gain for themselves or their family members or any business with which they are associated. A faculty member’s assignment of a textbook or other intellectual property authored or developed by the faculty member could be considered as “obtaining financial gain” for the faculty member in violation of the Connecticut State Ethics Code. No course instructor at SCSU shall receive any remuneration from a text, lab manual, or other work that they require Southern students to purchase unless they can document the reinvestment of those monies back into the course or their home department, or as a donation to a university fund from which that faculty member derives no personal financial benefit, or to another recognized 501(c)(3) entity. Before requiring students to purchase a textbook or intellectual property for a course that the faculty member authored or developed, the faculty member must provide documentation that any financial gain will be directed to a University fund from which that faculty member derives no personal financial benefit, or to another recognized 501(c)(3) entity, or reinvested back into the course or their home department. Therefore, all full time and part-time faculty who require their own students to purchase the faculty member’s intellectual property are required to provide notification to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs. The notification and compliance form is available online.
Intellectual Property Notification and Compliance Form
The online Compliance Form below must be completed. View the form in its entirety here for reference only. (not submission)
Waivers may be sought. Please also see the Compliance Form which allows for requests to retain profits obtained from our students for required course works. These requests will be reviewed by the Intellectual Property Committee.
In every two (academic) years, all faculty who require their own students to purchase the faculty member’s intellectual property are required to resubmit the Intellectual Property Notification and Compliance Form.
Failure to comply with this Policy constitutes a violation of the State Ethics Code and University policy and subjects the faculty member to an enforcement action by the State Ethics Commission and disciplinary procedures by the University.