Copyright Policy This policy applies to the ownership of copyrights in works invented or created by Colgate students, staff, and faculty.
"Faculty" includes academic, library, and athletic faculty using university funds, facilities, or other resources. The Committee on Intellectual Property
oversees these policies.
Traditional Academic Works
Colgate University has historically waived any copyright interest it may legally have to traditional academic works created by faculty. Examples include class notes and syllabi, books and articles, works of fiction and nonfiction, poems and dramatic works, musical and choreographic works, pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works, computer programs and educational software, but not online courses for credit.
Colgate University has also waived any copyright interest it may legally have to works created by students. Examples include materials produced for a class assignment or honors theses.
This policy, shared by most other colleges and universities, recognizes a long-standing tradition of encouraging scholarship and innovation in teaching. Although technological advances have changed the media in which ideas may be fixed, Colgate’s fundamental policy with regard to such works remains one in which copyright ownership shall be held by the individual(s) who create(s) the work subject to the provisions of Section II.
Institutional works (or works made for hire)
The university shall own intellectual property rights in institutional works, such as those produced in service activities, except as provided in prior written agreements. This includes works created by non-faculty employees (either staff or student employees) within the scope of their employment. However, this does not include traditional academic works created by non-faculty employees under the supervision of a faculty member in his or her research or teaching projects. In this case the faculty member would usually retain copyright ownership, unless the university can claim ownership rights under exception II.C. The university shall also own intellectual property rights in works created by faculty members made pursuant to a specific direction or assigned task other than normal teaching or research activities.
Works created in agreement with or under the sponsorship of a third party will be governed by the agreement with the third party. The Provost and Financial Vice President & Treasurer must approve any agreement with a third party that requires the substantial use of Colgate resources.