Policy Number: 166

Textbooks and Other Materials Prescribed for Students

Subject:

Materials prescribed for students

Scope:

Employees

Date Reviewed: May 2009

Responsible Office: Office of Academic and Research Affairs

Responsible Executive: Executive Vice President for Academic and Research Affairs

I.     POLICY AND GENERAL STATEMENT

An individual instructor or a department should have wide discretion in the choice of materials to be used in courses offered by the department, with the acknowledgement that frequent changes in the prescribed textbooks are discouraged. Approval, as indicated in the procedures below, is required for the use of materials written or prepared by faculty members.

II.     PROCEDURE

Faculty members are encouraged to author books, outlines, manuals and similar educational materials. The prescribed use of these for students, however,is a responsibility that goes beyond that of the individual author. When practical and equitable, the charge for outlines, syllabi and similar materials prescribed for students should be borne by the instructional department of the course. Whenever a charge is authorized for duplication of materials, the price should be as low as possible, consistent with the payment of a fair and reasonable royalty to the author(s).

Before students may use or buy textbooks, notebooks, manuals or other materials written or prepared by faculty members, the faculty member must request approval from the departmental faculty (including the chair), the applicable dean(s), the Executive Vice President for Academic and Research Affairs ("EVPARA") and the President. The Office of Academic and Research Affairs requests each school to report the faculty authored textbooks to be used in the upcoming academic year. The report is provided to the EVPARA and to the President for approval.

III.     CONTACTS

ContactTelephoneEmail/Web Address
Office of Academic and Research Affairs 713-500-3062

http://www.uthouston.edu/evpara/personnel.htm

http://www.uthouston.edu/academics/