3.36 / Copyright
To state University policy relative to the use of copyrighted materials
by faculty and staff of the University.
The federal copyright law (Title 17, United States Code, Section 101, et seq.) protects creative
works. It is appropriate, and required, that all members of the
Wichita State University community, including faculty, staff, students
and volunteers respect the proprietary rights of owners of copyrights
and refrain from actions that constitute an infringement of copyright
or other proprietary rights.
1. All faculty and staff are expected to comply with the federal
copyright law and obtain permission for use unless the use can fairly
and reasonably be interpreted as "fair use." Faculty, staff and
employees are expected to review this policy and request further
information and resources as needed that may be utilized for purposes
of determining compliance with the federal copyright law.
2. Copyright Guidelines have been prepared by the University's
Office of the Vice President and General Counsel and can be located here
to assist members of
the WSU community in complying with federal copyright law and to enable
individuals to distinguish between permitted and prohibited uses of
copyrighted materials. Members of the WSU community are expected
to familiarize themselves with these guidelines and to fully comply
with their requirements.
3. Faculty members and staff who willfully disregard this
Copyright Policy place themselves individually at risk of legal
action. In such cases, the University may refuse to defend the
employee named in any litigation and personal liability may be incurred
by the employee.
4. The University copy center located in WSU Copy and Print
Services is available for copying services. All material to be
copied by WSU Copy and Print Services must be reviewed by the faculty
or staff member requesting copy services for copyright implications and
the faculty or staff member must sign the Customer Statement of the
Duplication of Copyrighted Written Works which is provided here
the WSU Copy and Print Services office. Material may be presented
for copying only where copying of the material can fairly and
reasonably be considered fair use or where there is a University
license to copy the material or where there is permission to copy,
which shall be clearly set forth on the material to be copied.
5. The Office of the Vice President and General Counsel is
available for further guidance on specific questions regarding the
application of the federal copyright law to specific factual scenarios.
This policy shall be included in the WSU Policies and Procedures
Manual and shared with appropriate constituencies of the
The Vice President and General Counsel and the Vice President for
Administration and Finance
shall share responsibility for publication, dissemination and
this University policy.
January 1, 2010