Online Ownership Policy

Policy Name: Ownership of Online Course Materials
Scope The policy applies only to Internet-based online courses, whether distance learning or hybrid. This policy does not countermand any existing policies contained within the Iona College Faculty Handbook.
Ownership Recognizing both the substantial role played by the faculty member in creating course content for Internet-based instruction and the substantial level of support provided by Iona College in the form of compensation, technology infrastructure, desktop computing, software, CELTIC support services, and IT support services, Iona College adopts the model of Joint Ownership of Intellectual Property created for the above purpose.

Any videotaped, audiotaped, or otherwise electronically captured
performances of a faculty member’s instruction shall remain under the sole ownership of the faculty member. Faculty will also retain, as intellectual property, exclusive ownership of any instructional materials created explicitly for use on the course site, including video, audio, PowerPoint, or textual materials.
Ownership Exceptions N/A
Significant Use Definition NA
Rights of Use Faculty members are encouraged, in the spirit of collegiality, to share the materials and courses they develop with their colleagues at the College. While employed at the College, the faculty content developer will have exclusive right to utilize the online course materials. Utilization of these materials by others will be allowed only with the express written consent of the content developer. Under the model of Joint Ownership, the faculty who develops an online course is free to take the course to another institution if the faculty member’s employment with Iona College ends. Faculty members will not be allowed to utilize these materials in teaching at another institution of higher education, while employed as a faculty member at Iona College, without the express written permission of the dean. In the case of adjuncts or other temporary faculty hired to teach an online course specifically created by them and taught at another institution prior to teaching it at the College, this permission can be presumed. 

Under the model of joint ownership, when the faculty member who has been teaching an online course is no longer assigned to teach that course or, for whatever reason, ceases to be employed by Iona College, he or she can remove or direct to be removed from the online course site the instructional materials defined above (see Ownership) as being owned exclusively by the faculty member. The faculty member is free to take this material to another institution if their employment with Iona College ends.

The College does not claim any right to retain or utilize these materials without the express written approval of the faculty developer. The College retains ownership and full rights to utilize the course title, syllabus, catalog description, and links to public sites and library database sources.
Revision Rights While the faculty member who developed online course materials remains in the employment of Iona College, that faculty member will have sole rights to revise said materials. Should the developer’s employment with the College end and the developer permits the College to retain and utilize the materials, the College may assign revision rights to another instructor. When the faculty member who has been teaching an online course ceases to be employed by Iona College as previously noted, he or she can remove from the online course site all materials that have previously been defined as owned by the faculty member (see Ownership). The faculty member shall possess the exclusive revision rights in perpetuity.
Conflict of Commitment

During the period of employment at the College, faculty members may not utilize jointly owned online materials for the purpose of instruction at another educational institution without the express written permission of the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs. The College does not preclude the use of jointly owned online materials for such, or any other purpose, when the employment relationship between the faculty member and the College ends.

Approved February 15, 2007