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Copying and/or scanning copyrighted material - an article, a cartoon, or even a book - to use in class, or posting such items in Blackboard are common practices. However, doing so without permission from the author could be a violation of copyright and fair use policies.
Faculty are reminded that Auburn University expects all faculty and students to abide by copyright laws. Auburn University will not provide legal support for individuals prosecuted for copyright infringement.
The Cornell Legal Information Institute web site provides information to help you determine fair use. Click on the following links for examples of the kinds and amounts of copying and scanning that could be considered fair use:
Agreement of Guidelines for Classroom Copying (scroll about one-quarter of the way down the page).
Publishers and the Internet offer countless on-line services which departments and faculty might find useful for educational and accreditation purposes. Some of these on-line services, although user-friendly, are not necessarily compatible with Auburn University's established services such as Banner and Blackboard.
In addition, their service terms and conditions may not comply with Auburn's contracting standards, or they may not meet federally mandated student confidentiality standards of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
Faculty are reminded that students cannot be compelled to use a site or vendor that requires disclosure of protected information.
If you require students to register at third-party sites, especially if grades are stored on the third-party server, students must use aliases if that publisher has not signed a FERPA-compliance agreement with AU. The following on-line vendors have signed appropriate agreements with AU:
Only those persons authorized may sign a contract committing University resources.
Your college/school IT director/manager, or Dr. Kathy McClelland, Manager of IMG (4-5181) can help you determine whether the service or vendor agreement you're considering is compatible with AU systems and complies with contracting confidentiality and security standards. If it is not, they can help you contact the appropriate people for additional guidance and options.
Any contract requiring a signature must be approved by Procurement and Payment Services. Follow the procedure established by your department or unit, or contact Steve Ballew, 4-7771.
Last Updated: August 12th, 2015