Palomar College Technology Policies
This section contains links to important College policy statements.
- Technology Master Plan
- Drafts, Proceedings and Minutes of the Technology Master Plan Task Force
- The Facilities Master Plan
- District Policies & Guidelines
- Palomar Community College District Procedures and Guidelines for Telecommunications Access and Use
- Policy for the use of the academic technology labs
- Palomar College Student Code of Conduct
- Internet Usage Policies in the Academic Technology Labs
Distance Learning Policies
This section contains links to copyright issues and resources, especially those related to the TEACH Act of 2002.
To use multimedia elements online, that is, anything that might be displayed or performed in a traditional classroom, you have three choices with regard to copying the materials:
- TEACH Act authorization
- Fair Use
- Permission of the copyright holder
Click here to access a description of how these are handled at Palomar College.
With respect to printed materials intended for student reading: If it is a journal article, we recommend linking to it in the legally licensed journal databases maintained by the college. Click here to access the journal databases, and here to access a tutorial on how to create links that will work on and off-campus. If the article or text cannot be found in one of the databases or on the Internet on a publicly available site, then you must either make a fair use argument for duplicating the textual material, or get permission from the copyright holder.
The TEACH Act
Basically, the TEACH Act of 2002 harmonized the rights with respect to displaying copyrighted materials between classroom and distance computer mediated instructors. The following links describe the effects of the Act, which was signed into law November, 2002.
Be sure to at least go through the NCSU Teach Act check list before requesting Academic Technology to digitize materials to be placed within a copyright protected area on the Internet. Basically, your materials must meet the following criteria:
- They must be integral to your teaching of the course, and not simply background or enrichment materials.
- They must not have been produced for the distance education market in the first place.
- They must be no longer than a typical class period.
- They must be legally obtained.
- There is not already be a digitized version of the materials already available to your students.
- They must be available only to the students enrolled in the class for which they are intended and only for the term for which that class is being actively taught.
- You must disclose full copyright information about the materials, along with a warning prohibiting duplication.
- You must make every reasonable effort to prevent duplication and redistribution.
Resources Related to Copyright
- US Copyright Office
- Complete version of the US Copyright law, US Code Title 17
- Institute for Computer Law and Policy (Edcause & Cornell)
- Obtaining Permissions (with sample letter) (CETUS)
- Copyright Resources Online (Yale)
- Stanford University: Copyright & Fair Use
Palomar College Links