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Last Updated: Apr 25, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

What's Acceptable to Post, What's Not? Print Page

What's Acceptable to Post?


  • URLs or embedded Links to CIIS Licensed materials
  • Instructor-owned materials (course syllabi, lecture notes, sample exams, etc.)
  • Public domain materials
  • Creative Commons materials, including images, dependant on the type of license
  • Scanned or Audiovisual materials for which the faculty member provides proof of the copyright holder’s permission to use (see: Sample Permission Letter in the asking permission section)
  • Student work with a signed Student Permission form on file (see: Student Permission Form in the asking permission section)   To see more about why this form should be used see: (FERPA – Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.)
  • PowerPoint presentations  (note: faculty should have permission to post all copyrighted materials contained in PowerPoint presentations)
  • Website links are generally OK  (note: Web-based resource material may be copyright protected.  In these instances fair use guidelines may apply)




What's Not Acceptable to Post?


  • Scanned copies of entire books, theses, dissertations, technical reports, as well as individually published plays and musical compositions
  • Substantial portions of works (generally more than one chapter in a book, or one article in a journal)
  • Entire audiovisual works
  • Excerpts from audiovisual work representing a substantial portion of the work
  • Consumables (published solution manuals, workbooks, study guides, instructor manuals, or assessment test score sheets)
  • Materials in a print-reader or course pack format
  • Student-authored material without the student’s written permission

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