Proposed Revision to add Copyright Policy to Required Syllabus Statements

General Information

Motion Number: 1920.APC.003.P
Source Committee: Academic Policy Committee
Motion Status: Withdrawn by Source Committee
Motion Type: Policy Recommendation
Referenced Material: 

Reference Material/Existing Policies and Handbooks:

University System of Georgia’s Copyright Policy:

University System of Georgia’s Fair Use Checklist:

Motion Text: 

To add a link to the USG’s Copyright Policy (including the Fair Use Checklist) and the following text to Georgia College’s Required Syllabus Statements:

Student Use of Copyrighted Materials

As a student, your ability to post or link to copyrighted material is governed by United States copyright law. The law allows for students to post or link to copyrighted materials within the course environment when the materials are pertinent to course work. In addition, GC Policy expressly forbids the sharing or posting of copyrighted material without the proper consent of the author. The absence of a copyright notice or symbol on a work does not denote a lack of copyright. Students should assume that all materials provided are copyright protected. Failure to comply with this policy may result in restriction or loss of university network access and/or disciplinary action through the Office of Student Affairs. For questions involving copyright issues, please consult the GC Office of Legal Affairs. Refer to the USG Policy on the Use of Copyrighted Works at

Executive Committee Actions
ECUS action: 
Submit to University Senate
University Senate Actions
US action: 
Motion Withdrawn

Purpose for the Motion

On behalf of: 
Source Committee
The USG (and therefore GC) already has a Copyright Policy. The impetus for this motion is that faculty and students are not aware of the Copyright Policy and the Fair Use Checklist. Adding a statement (and a link to the copyright policy) to the Required Syllabus Statements will ensure that faculty and students are educated on this policy each semester.
Action log: 
Motion Submitted to ECUS on April 13, 2020 - 9:58am
Submit to University Senate by the Executive Committee on April 13, 2020 - 11:24am
Awaiting Action by University Senate on April 13, 2020 - 11:24am
Motion Withdrawn by the University Senate on April 25, 2020 - 4:41pm
Withdrawn by Source Committee on April 25, 2020 - 4:42pm