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3.2 Governance and Administration

Comprehensive Standard:

3.2.14 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. These policies apply to students, faculty, and staff. (Intellectual property rights)

Statement of Compliance:   In Compliance.

Narrative:

The University of West Georgia has a clear policy (that applies to faculty, students, and staff) regarding ownership of materials, compensation, copyright issues, and the use of revenue derived from the creation and production of all intellectual property. This policy is in compliance with the University System of Georgia Board of Regents policy on Intellectual Properties [1].

The University of West Georgia Intellectual Property policy is available to faculty, students, and staff through the following resources:

 -    Faculty Handbook, Section 402 [2]; it is provided to all new faculty members in a print format.

 -    The Provost and Vice president for Academic Affairs webpage under the "Academic Policies" link  (Faculty Handbook) [3].

 -    "Policy" webpage [4].  

Additionally, in accordance with the SACS policy on “Developing Policy and Procedure Documents”, the University has designated personnel in place for implementing the policy [5].  Oversight and review of UWG’s intellectual property policy is the responsibility of the Intellectual Property Committee (Faculty Handbook, Sec. 402.0502) and the Intellectual Property Officer (Faculty Handbook, Sec. 402.0501). The Intellectual Property Committee is charged with recommending and reviewing policies related to intellectual property, verifying their compliance with Board of Regents policies and procedures, and negotiating agreements related to intellectual property rights with faculty, staff, and students. The Intellectual Property Officer, chosen from the general faculty by the President, collaborates with the Intellectual Property Committee to develop sound policies and procedures. In addition, s/he maintains records related to intellectual property matters.

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