HEOA and Copyright Resources for Faculty

As I announced in my email of July 7, 2010, Saint Joseph’s University has completed a detailed analysis of the implications of Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008.  In order to communicate compliance with the HEOA, a public website is now available at the following link:



One important implication of the HEOA that has an impact on faculty is the need for a formal copyright policy.  I am happy to report that the SJU Copyright Policy, which was developed by faculty and staff from several offices on campus, can now be found on the HEOA web site at the following link:


Beginning immediately, the University is providing a number of processes and resources to assist its faculty in meeting the University’s copyright obligations under the HEOA.  The staff supporting the services and resources below will work together to ensure that our University both complies with the law and offers our faculty the extra services and support necessary to meet this new federally mandated requirement.

Copyright Clearance Center:  The University has recently purchased a campus-wide academic license from the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC). The CCC license provides comprehensive copyright coverage for faculty, researchers, and staff members so they can teach and collaborate freely while respecting the intellectual property of others. The license allows faculty teaching in the traditional classroom, in the online programs, or in a blended environment to access a broad range of periodical literature that is copyright cleared. CCC has broad, but not total coverage.

For information about using the CCC services, please contact Copyright and Compliance Officer Mary Ann McMenamin, ATDL, mstrecke@sju.edu, #3257 or Anne Krakow, Drexel Library, akrakow@sju.edu #1906

Library Resources: Drexel Library purchases over 100 subscriptions for electronic journals and resource databases. The majority of journals and resources within these databases entitle an instructor to access and use the materials in courses.  Some of the larger, more comprehensive databases include: Academic Search Premier, ABI/Inform, ERIC, JSTOR, ScienceDirect, ProQuest, etc.  Assistance in finding e-journal articles in the Library can be found at the guide: Finding an article.  The Library has broad, but not total coverage.  The vast majority of these e-journals can be used without concern, but there are some exceptions.

Library eReserves: The Library will be implementing an eReserves system this fall. eReserves are materials made available online by the Library for a particular course.  Due to copyright restrictions for duplication of electronic documents, the Library will use the Millennium catalog system to acquire approval for eReserves.  Once processed, the electronic reserve material will be available through the Drexel Library’s online catalog, which can be linked to your Blackboard course.   More information on the processing of eReserves will be available as we approach the fall semester.

For information about using any of the Library services, especially as it applies to the face-to-face traditional classroom, please contact Anne Krakow, Drexel Library, akrakow@sju.edu #1906

University Press: The University Press will continue to compile and print coursepacks of materials and supplemental readings for a particular course with the provision that the use of the content complies with the SJU Copyright Policy.  To that end, University Press staff will be prepared to assist faculty in acquiring the permissions they will need to produce and distribute these packs to students.

For information about using the University Press for coursepack services, please contact Tom Malone, University Press, malone@sju.edu #2622

Academic Technology and Distributed Learning (ATDL): The ATDL will provide the expertise necessary to incorporate a variety of media and materials within the University’s online courses. Through the services of the Copyright and Compliance Officer Mary Ann McMeniman, and in coordination with their Instructional Design Specialists, the ATDL staff will secure the rights necessary to use materials (chapters, video, music, etc.) within the online environment.

For information about the SJU Copyright Policy as it applies to all online courses, please contact Copyright and Compliance Officer Mary Ann McMenamin, ATDL, mstrecke@sju.edu, #3257

Information Technology and Distributed Learning (ITDL): The staff of the ITDL provide the expertise to incorporate a variety of media within courses taught in the classroom.  They also manage the Blackboard course management system in support of both the traditional and online environments.  The ITDL staff are prepared to answer questions about the legality of incorporating any copyrighted print, DVD, video, music and sound resources in courses.

For information about using media in the face-to-face classroom or on Blackboard, please contact Andy Starr, ITDL, astarr@sju.edu,  #1769

As I indicated last week, I realize the significant impact that copyright compliance will have on our campus. Whereas I believe these initial resources and contacts will substantially support faculty in preparing for the fall and subsequent semesters, even more support services and training will be needed.  Going forward, the Copyright Policy Committee will continue their work in identifying and developing training resources for the entire university community.  To that end, I am happy to report that Saint Joseph’s University has been given formal permission to use an excellent copyright resource developed by the library staff at Stanford University.  That resource, which also addresses fair use, can be found at the following link:


While this website provides a valuable resource, Saint Joseph’s University, obviously, does not maintain it nor can we assure that all information on it is accurate, up to date or is able to provide a definitive outcome in a given circumstance.  To that end, questions of specific legal concern that are not addressed or resolved by the resources available to you should be directed to the Office of the General Counsel at mschimel@sju.edu, #3140.

Please contact me if you have any further questions. Thank you for your compliance with these regulations.

Brice Wachterhauser


Permission to blog this article obtained from the Office of Academic Affairs on July 26, 2010.

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