E.2 Academic Resources

E.2 Academic Resources

Responsible Department: Instruction

Date Approved/Amended: January 20, 2011



Because of the investment required to build and maintain academic quality, HCC is committed to developing programs for which it has sufficient resources to ensure the highest quality in all aspects of its programs.

E.2.1 Educational Use of the Internet

Responsible Department: Instruction

Date Approved/Amended: January 20, 2011



HCC maintains a connection to the Internet for employees, students, and staff in support of the mission of the System. HCC patrons, students, and staff use it at their own risk. HCC does not censor access to materials or protect users from materials they may find offensive. The restriction of a child’s access to the Internet is the responsibility of the parent or guardian.

Unofficial (personal) web pages may not include the system logo or any reference to HCC that would mislead the user into believing that the information presented is official information or part of the system web page.

E.2.2 Copyright Infringement

Responsible Department: Instruction

Date Approved/Amended: January 20, 2011



HCC employees and students shall comply with the provisions of the United States Copyright Laws. Subject to certain specific exceptions, the owner of a copyright has the exclusive rights to reproduce, distribute, perform, or display the copyrighted work, or to authorize such reproduction, distribution, performance, or display by others. Employees and students will be held accountable for violations of copyright laws.

Unauthorized duplication, distribution or use of intellectual property, including computer software or sound recordings, constitutes copyright infringement and is illegal and subject to both civil and criminal penalties.

E.2.3 Intellectual Property

Responsible Department: Instruction

Date Approved/Amended: August 18, 2011


The intent of this policy is to safeguard the interests and mission of the College while encouraging creative thinking and activity by HCC employees and students.

For purposes of this policy, the term “intellectual property” refers to inventions, discoveries, patents, patent applications, scientific or technological developments, and copyrightable instructional materials such as books, articles, study-guides, artistic works, movies, and television programs.

Most published scholarly works written by members of the faculty or students are the property of the author. In instances where the College pays the full or a substantial part of the costs of production and/or publication, such as work produced as part of the employee’s designated workload or the students’ course or program assignments, arrangements concerning the ownership of the copyright and the division of any royalties must be submitted to the HCC Committee on Copyright and Intellectual Property according to procedures established by the Chancellor.

Intellectual property unrelated to an individual’s employment, enrollment, appointment or association with the College that is conceived, created or developed on an individual’s own time and without the College’s support, funds provided by or through the College, use of College resources, facilities (excluding libraries), equipment, and/or materials shall be deemed the exclusive property of the creator(s)/inventor(s), and the College shall have no interest in or claim to such property.

Intellectual property not considered instructional material that is conceived, created, or developed or that results from research supported by a grant or contract with an external agency or by private gift to the College shall be deemed the property of the College unless applicable laws or governmental regulations specifically provide otherwise.

A reasonably complete and detailed disclosure of intellectual property for assigning ownership rights and/or requesting a fair and equitable arrangement for joint ownership for the mutual benefit of the faculty and/or students and the College, sharing of royalties or reimbursement to the College of its costs and support must be submitted to the HCC Committee on Copyright and Intellectual Property prior to beginning the work creating intellectual property. Disclosure of reimbursement figures will be made to all affected employees and/or students.

E.2.4 Institutional Review Board

Responsible Department: Instruction

Date Approved/Amended: January 20, 2011



The institution will create an Institutional Review Board (IRB) to review both internal and external requests for research studies involving HCC human subjects (students, faculty, and/or staff). The Chancellor shall authorize the Vice Chancellor for Instruction to establish a process by which the HCC IRB will be created and operated to determine and assure that:

  1. The welfare and rights of human subjects are adequately protected and informed consent given, if necessary;
  2. Human subjects are not placed at unreasonable physical, mental, or emotional risk as a result of the research;
  3. The necessity and importance of the research outweighs the risks to the subjects; and
  4. The researcher(s) is/are qualified to conduct research involving human subjects.

E.2.5 Adoption and Use of Instructional Materials

Responsible Department: Instruction

Date Approved/Amended: January 20, 2011



In January 2007, the HCCS Board adopted a policy to constrain the rising costs of textbooks through actions that: (1) Require books (whenever possible) to be used for at least three years; (2) Require earlier selection dates for textbooks to allow students to shop around for better prices; (3) Implement separate “bundling” of instructional materials so that students don’t have to buy books, CDs, workbooks, etc. that the professor does not expect to use in class; and (4) prohibit gifts or payments from publishers that could influence textbook selections.

The Chancellor and the Vice Chancellor for Instruction shall develop and implement procedures by which textbook costs will be constrained and faculty will be supported in the development and use of open educational resources.