400.7 - Copyright Use and Ownership

University Group Policy #400.7

Policy Statement

Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) is committed to complying with all applicable laws regarding copyright and patents. WSSU, as an institution devoted to the creation, discovery, and dissemination of knowledge, supports (1) the responsible, good faith exercise of full fair use rights, as codified in 17 U.S.C.§ 107, by faculty, librarians, and staff in furtherance of their teaching, research, and service activities; (2) copyright ownership for creative, non-directed works by faculty, staff, and students and University ownership of directed employment-related works; and (3) protection of ownership rights for creators of works that require a different ownership model. WSSU is further committed to providing educational activities for faculty, staff and students that are designed to explore the law of fair use, to provide guidance in the making of fair use determination and to create an understanding of copyright infringement law.

Roles and Responsibilities


The Office of Academic Affairs is designated the administrative office, responsible for implementing this Policy. The Office of Academic Affairs shall address various matters covered by this Policy, including developing policies and procedures designed to supplement and interpret the ownership aspects of this Policy. The Chancellor or his designee shall make the final decision on all matters involving waiver, joint ownership assignment of rights and any other special exceptions to this Policy. All agreements that grant an interest in intellectual property are subject to the WSSU policy on Contract Review and Authority To Sign.

Intellectual Property Committee

The Chancellor of WSSU shall appoint bi-annually an Intellectual Property Committee.

The committee shall include one member from each of the following: the faculty senate, the staff senate, the graduate council, the division of advancement, sponsored programs, student government association, graduate student council, technology transfer, CIO (Chief Information Officer), and a faculty member from each school or college of the University. The Director of CITTLE (Center for Innovative Teaching, Technology, Learning and Evaluation) shall be a permanent member of the committee. For the initial committee, one half shall be appointed for a one-year term and the balance of members for a two-year term. Thereafter all members shall be appointed for two-year terms.

The committee may appoint panels of its members to make recommendations in the cases listed below. This committee shall be responsible for:

  1. Making recommendation to the Chancellor or his designee for resolving any disputes that may arise among an author, other creator of a work, a third-party sponsor of a work, and a WSSU official or office concerning copyright ownership or other rights.
  2. Providing advice regarding ownership of specific works.
  3. Providing for the educational activities of faculty, staff and students on copyright issues including fair use and ownership.
  4. Making recommendations to the chancellor or his designee concerning the existence or amount of exceptional University resources.
  5. Reviewing requests for income sharing agreements which deviate from the usual standards set in this policy and making recommendations to the Chancellor on such agreements.
  6. Reviewing requests for any deviation from this policy.


This policy applies to faculty, staff, and students of Winston-Salem State University.

Responsible Division: Provost & Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Authority: Board of Trustees


  • Approved by Intellectual Property Committee October 8, 2001
  • Adopted by Board of Trustees on September 21, 2002

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