In order to ensure that an adequate number of books is available,
orders will be sent to the University Bookstore. The University
will inform the local private bookstore(s) of the details of each
Based on previous experience with enrollment patterns and departmental
usage, the University Bookstore may judge that the estimate of the
number of copies needed should be decreased or increased. Changes
to bookstore orders will require approval from either the professor or
The University Bookstore is responsible for accurate record keeping and for proper inventory management to ensure that the needs of the faculty and students are met.
In order to reduce the cost to students, frequent changes in
textbooks should be avoided. Departments should select textbooks
with care and,
in courses that are taught every semester (fall and spring), should
to use the same textbook for at least two academic years. For
changes in textbooks to be initiated for the summer term, the
instructor will notify the bookstore no later than February 1st.
For better inventory control, sudden changes in textbooks should be avoided. Except in very unusual circumstances, it is the policy that for a course offered every semester (fall and spring), at least one semester will elapse between the time the University Bookstore is notified of the proposed change and the time the change is effective.
Ideally, all sections of a multi-sectioned course should use the
Every department is urged to make a conscientious effort to hold to a
the number of different texts used in different sections of a
Instructors may require textbooks authored by themselves and
immediate family members with approval of a third party (e.g.,
Department Chair, Department Adoption Committee).