University Resources, Operations and Policies


Policy Statement                                                                      

Adelphi University (hereinafter referred to as the University) is committed to providing and ensuring an academic environment that supports and facilitates teaching, creativity and scholarly research in an atmosphere of academic freedom. This policy sets forth the rights and responsibilities of the university, its faculty, students, and employees in creating and using copyrighted works. This policy applies as well to all persons affiliated with the University, including research collaborators, visiting researchers, consultants, and contractors when their copyrighted work results in whole or in part from the use of University facilities or resources. This policy also sets forth equitable remuneration resulting from copyrighted works where ownership is retained by the University, as well as the conditions under which ownership would be retained.

Ideas and facts cannot be copyrighted. Copyright law protects the tangible expression of original works of authorship and describes the categories of works that may be copyrighted. Copyright owners have certain exclusive rights, subject to the “fair use” exception, which permits some limited use of copyrighted materials without prior permission or obligation to the author.

The University strives to protect the traditional rights of scholars with respect to the products of their intellectual endeavors while recognizing that when the University provides support that is beyond what is normally provided, either with money, facilities, equipment or staff, for the development of copyrighted works, it is reasonable for the University to participate in the fruits of the enterprise and/or be reimbursed for any costs associated with this support.  

Examples of copyrightable works include, but are not limited to: creative or artistic works, books, texts, articles, monographs, glossaries, bibliographies, study guides, laboratory manuals, syllabi, tests and work papers; lectures, musical and/or dramatic compositions, unpublished scripts, films, filmstrips, charts, transparencies, other visual aids; video and audio tapes, cassettes, discs, and DVDs ; computer programs, live video and audio broadcasts; programmed instruction materials, web courses, drawings, paintings, sculptures, photographs, and other works of art. The term Creator will apply to any faculty member, student, employee or any other person listed above who creates a copyrightable work that falls under this policy.

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Reason for Policy                                                                    

The following objectives shall govern the development and application of the University’s Copyright Policy:

  1. Encourage the concept that copyrightable works produced at the University should be used for the greatest possible public benefit;
  2. Specify the University’s responsibilities and privileges to encourage and promote intellectual scholarship and creativity;
  3. Specify the responsibilities and privileges of faculty, staff and students, and any other person listed above who creates a copyrightable work that falls under this policy when creating and using copyrightable works that utilize University resources, facilities and/or funds; and,
  4. Clarify copyright ownership rights.

Who Is Governed by this Policy                                         

Faculty, staff, and students


Christopher Storm, Ph.D 

Mary Cortina, Ph.D

Debbi A. Smith

Document History                                                      

  • Last Reviewed Date: 2017
  • Last Revised Date: 2010
  • Policy Origination Date: 2010       

Who Approved This Policy                                                  

Board of Trustees, Provost and President

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