Intellectual Property Rights Policy

The Intellectual Property Policy and Rights Committee Members (IPPRC) presented a revised and approved Intellectual Property Rights Policy to the university community during the fall 2016 semester. The policy reflects the many changes in technology and educational copyright provisions that have occurred since the previous version, dated May 2005. Because the purpose of copyright law is to promote cultural flourishing and creative expression, this policy is meant to support an atmosphere where faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to engage in the scholarly pursuit of knowledge, artistic production, and applied research. As such, the policy better recognizes faculty, staff, and student rights by adopting stronger, clearer guidelines about ownership, online instruction, and copyrights.