and Copyright Committee
The charge to the committee is to develop a set of guiding principles by 1
June 2003 that will address the following areas:
- Ownership of Intellectual Property: Traditionally USI has exerted ownership
of intellectual property created in the arena of educational material and
done so only rarely from research. Ownership has been determined by, and
has been based on, the use of University resources in the development of
the intellectual property. What constitutes intellectual property in the
arena of new educational technology, and how do our principles apply to deciding
whether the intellectual property was developed using USI resources?
- Faculty Dissemination of Scholarly Material: A critical part of the academic
enterprise is the control by the faculty of the dissemination of the products
of their scholarly work. Any new principles must be consistent with this
understanding. How have the Internet and other distributed learning media
changed the dissemination of the faculty's work?
- Reporting of Faculty Outside Professional Activities: The University has
relied on faculty reporting of outside professional activities to monitor
the potential for conflict of interest. Does our present reporting process
satisfy this need to monitor the conflict of commitment?
- Miscellaneous Issues: Carefully review the policies and procedures presently
in place at other universities and consider best practices as possible template
for USI policy.
- Policy Development: Prepare a proposed set of policies and procedures on
Intellectual Property and Copyright for review by Faculty Senate and appropriate
University Committees, and adoption by the University Board of Trustees.
Our goal is to craft a set of principles that will help our faculty make optimal
use of the emerging technology for education, while maintaining the collegiality
of our campus, the essential open dissemination of information, and our faculty
commitment to the mission of the University of Southern Indiana.