Preamble, Purpose & Scope

I Preamble

The primary mission of higher education is to create, preserve, and disseminate knowledge. The creation of copyrighted works is one of the ways the University fulfills its mission of contributing to the body of knowledge for the public good. Norwich University encourages the preparation and publication of copyrightable and patentable works that result from teaching, research, scholarly, or artistic endeavors by its faculty, staff and students.

Additionally, the use of copyrighted works is one of the ways the University fulfills its mission to disseminate knowledge. Norwich University requires the proper and fair use of the works of others as guided by federal law.

II Purpose & Scope

The purpose of this policy is to define the respective rights and responsibilities that members of the Norwich University faculty, staff, and student body have in the creation and use of intellectual works, as well as to define the respective rights that members of the faculty, staff, and student body have in intellectual materials created with the direct and indirect support of the University. This policy is intended to embody the spirit of academic tradition, which provides copyright ownership to faculty for scholarly and aesthetic copyrighted works. In addition, Norwich encourages all its staff to contribute to the knowledge base or practice of their professions through publishing in professional journals, or presentations at professional conferences. Historically, such works required minimal support from the University, but technology advances have led to new forms of copyrightable materials that require a substantially greater level of direct support by the University. This policy also is intended to embody the spirit of academic tradition, which provides that the benefit of patents be equitably shared by the University and the inventor.

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