How will intellectual property issues be handled regarding material posted online for classes? (Updated Nov. 18)

The University has recently clarified its position on the following matters related to copyrightable works, as renewed for the 2020-21 academic year.

Without a faculty member’s prior written consent, the University will not reuse or commercialize materials that the faculty member has specifically developed for short term use via remote delivery or hybrid in-class/online instruction in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and that constitute “Commissioned Copyrightable Works” under the University’s Policy on Intellectual Property I.A.1 (including Courseware and Online Modules as defined in Standard S-19).

As distinct from those described in the prior paragraph, Courseware and Online Modules specifically commissioned for deployment and regular use as an online offering, whether during or after the COVID-19 pandemic, will continue to be subject to the terms of I.A.1 and S-19 in accordance with usual practice.