Copyright update from the Provost
Queen’s is increasing support to faculty for making decisions about copyrighted course material, following a decision not to sign a licence with Access Copyright.
‘The university remains committed to respecting copyright interests and adhering to copyright legislation, and university policies and guidelines,” says Alan Harrison, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic). “We will be doubling our efforts to ensure our students have the best possible access to learning and research materials, and our faculty have the support they need to provide those materials in a way that complies with the law.”
All course materials provided for students must comply with the Copyright Act and university copyright policy and guidelines. Scanned copyrighted material must receive clearance from the Copyright Advisory Office before it is posted to Moodle or on a course website.
The Copyright Advisory Office is providing a new service to facilitate copyright compliance for course materials, effective immediately.
If faculty members want to supplement course readings with chapters from a book or another print resource, the Copyright Advisory Office will investigate and if possible, purchase clearance for the material. Getting these clearances takes time, so faculty members are advised to contact the Copyright Advisory Office as soon as possible about materials for the fall term.
Course packs and Library course reserves are still options. The Copyright Advisory Office can advise on the best in particular situations. Processes for assigning textbooks for student purchase have not changed.
The university will also be implementing a new system in 2012-13 to make it easier for uploading course materials to learning management systems, and to ensure that materials comply with accessibility requirements as well as copyright law. More information on this system implementation, and assistance for faculty will be available over the next few months.