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Educational Continuity and Faculty Ownership of Course Materials
March 11, 2020
As faculty prepare to deliver more instruction online, this is a good time to review our university policies concerning ownership of course materials and some steps faculty can take to protect them.
The University of California’s 2003 policy on Ownership of Course Materials describes in detail ownership of course materials in whatever medium or combination thereof and includes, but is not limited to, lectures, lecture notes and materials, syllabi, study guides, and web-ready content. In brief, unless you have used “exceptional university resources” to create course materials, you own the copyrights to the course materials you create. This means that only the faculty member and anyone to whom the faculty member has granted permission may reproduce, distribute, or display course materials.
Rules relating to the distribution of course recordings are described in the University of California’s 2005 policy on Use of Recordings of Course Presentations. In sum, only legitimate pedagogical and instructional uses by enrolled students and by faculty are allowed.