University Policy

26. Do I have to cite my sources? What does the citation have to include?

Regardless of whether material is still protected by copyright or whether a license/terms of use/Copyright Act exception requires attribution, university policy requires you to cite your sources.

25. What text should I use in my syllabus to protect the copyright in the materials?

The University has guidelines for Faculty, Staff and Students Entering Relationships with External Organizations Offering Access to Course Materials. These guidelines provide sample text (see the bottom half of the guidelines) that can be inserted in your syllabus to protect the intellectual property contained in the course, whether it is created by you or others.

13. What rights does a copyright owner have?

Copyright gives the copyright owner a number of legal rights, such as the right to copy and translate a work and the right to communicate a work to the public by telecommunication. These rights are qualified by certain exceptions which balance the copyright owner’s interests with the public interest in allowing use of works for purposes such as education and research.

02. May I post examples of my students’ work on my Waterloo's learning management systems (LEARN) course or on my personal website?

Only if you have the student’s permission. Under the University Policy 73, students own the copyright in the works they create. The University does get the right to make copies of the work for academic purposes, but this right does not extend to making it available online. Accordingly, you should ask students in advance whether they consent to having their work posted online and keep written records of the permissions given.