Policy

Use of Required Textbooks Written by Staff - Policy

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1. Purpose and Objectives

Where a staff member teaching a course is an author or editor of a textbook, in print or in another form/s, and the text is set as required reading, a conflict of interest may arise. The staff member could profit from the decision and students could be disadvantaged if they did not purchase the prescribed text.

2. Definitions, Terms, Acronyms

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3. Policy Scope/Coverage

This policy applies to all staff, students and courses at The University of Queensland.

4. Policy Statement

The University is obligated to ensure that in choosing a textbook, the staff member, if an author or editor of the textbook, avoids a conflict of interest.

Custodians
Academic Registrar
Mr Mark Erickson

Procedures

Use of Required Textbooks Written by Staff - Procedures

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1. Purpose and Objectives

These procedures enact PPL 1.50.08a Use of Required Textbooks Written by Staff – Policy.

2. Definitions, Terms, Acronyms

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3. Procedures Scope/Coverage

This policy applies to all staff, students and courses at The University of Queensland.

4. Procedures Statement

These procedures detail the method by which a textbook written by a staff member may be approved as required reading for a course within The University of Queensland. 

5. Method

A textbook authored or edited by a staff member may be designated as required reading in a course:

(1) if income is being received, the Head of School or Director of Centre must approve the setting of the text, and ensure that:

  • expert outside assessors have judged the book to be superior to competing texts in the field; or
  • the book had already been set as a prescribed text in a similar course at another tertiary institution; and
  • sufficient copies of the text, as specified in the Library’s Collection Development Policy, are lodged in the relevant Library for use by students; or

(2) if the staff member is receiving no income from sales.

Custodians
Academic Registrar
Mr Mark Erickson
Custodians
Academic Registrar
Mr Mark Erickson