Section 3.2 Governance and Administration
The institution's policies are clear concerning ownership of materials, compensation, copyright issues and the use of revenue derived from the creation and production of all intellectual property. This applies to students, faculty and staff.
Western Texas College has written policies concerning ownership of materials and copyright issues, and applies these policies to students, faculty and staff. Board Policy 4142.1 (LINK) establishes policies and procedures concerning ownership of materials, compensation, copyright issues and the use of revenue. The policy provides in Section I, paragraph 1 that “all faculty and staff are free to publish and invent and subject to the terms hereof to benefit from publishing or invention. The College intends to make the benefits of this property available to the public at the earliest possible time, while balancing the equitable rights of the author or inventory, any sponsor, and the College.” This policy also notes in Section I, paragraph 4 that “the intellectual property policy is intended to protect and promote the traditional freedom of Western Texas College’s faculty, staff, and students in matters involving intellectual property and trade secrets.”
The Board of Trustees is charged with the responsibility of ownership of materials, compensation, etc. through the Texas Education Code, Section 51.354, item (5) (LINK) to “protect intellectual exploration and academic freedom.” Section 51.680 (LINK) of the Code also requires the Commissioner of Higher Education to review the intellectual property policies of institutions of higher education filed with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to ascertain that such policies comply with State law.
Evidence of Support:
Board Policy 4142.1
Western Texas College Board Policy 4142, A, 1-7
Texas Education Code 51.354 (5)
Texas Education Code 51.680