Legal issues for faculty

Faculty Members and FERPA, ADA Section 504, and Title IX [Transcript]

Most faculty members are focused on their core areas of academic expertise, which is as it should be. They are often not trained on the ins and outs of these laws and may not be able to interpret or apply them when needed.

For example, you probably know about FERPA, ADA, and Title IX, but do you know how they apply in specific classroom situations? Or with specific student populations? And what the potential consequences are for you and your institution if you don’t follow the law?

Get answers to these questions and more with the complete transcript to the Magna online seminar, Faculty Members and FERPA, ADA Section 504, and Title IX: How to Use the Fundamentals of These Regulations to Better Identify and Resolve Potential Problems.

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Legal Issues in Course Design and Delivery

In this article, we look at some practical ways for how to lawfully utilize the common types of materials used in course design and delivery. But first I must begin with the requisite disclaimer. The information contained herein is for educational purposes only. It is not a substitute for legal advice nor is it to be construed as the rendering of a legal opinion.

Who owns your course?
One way to think about course design and delivery is to break it down into its component parts. What is the body of knowledge or course content? What kinds of resources, books, articles, media, et cetera do you want to use? How do you utilize them in a manner that is copyright compliant?

Typically, the compilation of resources utilized in any given course is drawn from a variety of sources. We will look at those most commonly employed. We will do that by examining three common scenarios involving materials you create yourself and what happens to them if you leave your institution.

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Copyright FAQ for Faculty

As a faculty member, I receive many complimentary textbooks from publishing companies. Can I use the teaching supplements from textbooks I don’t require for my courses?

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Copyright Compliance Made Simple: Six Rules for Course Design

As those tuned into issues of copyright and fair use in educational settings are well aware, copyright infringement lawsuits against colleges and universities are neither hypothetical nor theoretical. Over the last several years, a number of colleges and universities (including university systems) around the country have experienced being named defendants in such lawsuits.

Here are six copyright compliance rules to keep in mind as you design your courses.

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