Instruction - Appendices

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding College Course Materials

The following FAQ was prepared in order to help answer questions about the Governing Board policy on College Course Materials:

Faculty members or employees in charge of selecting or adopting course materials will need to place orders with sufficient lead time to enable the college bookstore to confirm the availability of the requested materials. (See deadlines below.)

  • Summer: March 15
  • Fall: April 1
  • Spring: October 15

Additionally, faculty members or employees in charge of selecting or adopting course materials need to request the following information from the publisher of course materials:

  • A listing of relevant course materials offered by the publisher and whether each of the course materials are offered in a bundled package or sold separately.
  • The suggested retail price, the estimated wholesale price, or the price that the publisher makes available to the public for the course materials. The publisher may include the time period during which the pricing is applicable.
  • The copyright dates of each previous edition if the copyright dates do not appear in the course materials.
  • A summary of substantive content differences between the current edition of the course materials and the immediate previous edition.

No faculty member or employee of the college shall demand or receive payment, loan, advance, good, or deposit of money present or promised for selecting or purchasing specific course materials required for coursework or instruction, except:

  • Faculty may receive free review copies, complimentary teacher editions, or instructional materials that are not intended to be sold by any faculty, staff, or bookstore;
  • Faculty may receive royalties or other compensation from the sale of course materials that include the faculty member’s own writing or work;
  • Faculty may receive honoraria for academic peer review of course materials;
  • Faculty may receive training in the use of course materials or learning technologies.

A book buyer or vendor of course materials shall not solicit a faculty member or employee for the purpose of selling or trading a free sample copy or complimentary teacher editions provided at no charge by a publisher to a faculty member or employee.

A “book buyer” means any person or entity, including a university or college bookstore, engaged in the purchase or sale of course materials.

“Bundled” means one or more course materials that are packaged together to be sold as course materials for a single price.

“Complimentary teacher editions” means a book with information that is meant for the exclusive use of faculty members, commonly labeled as an “instructor edition” or “instruction manual” and that contains answers and solutions, test questions, and pedagogical techniques.

“Course materials” means any textbook or other instructional tool published for the purpose of classroom instruction and used for or in conjunction with a course.

“Publisher” means any publishing house, firm, or company that produces course materials.

“Sample copy” means any book that is the same as the regular student edition.

“Substantive content” means portions of a college textbook, including new chapters, additional eras of time, new themes, or new subject matter.

“Written information” means information provided on print material. Written information included electronic communication or publication on a website.

In compliance with §ARS 15-1891, Maricopa faculty and employees who place orders for course materials shall comply with all of the above (see question #1).

An unsolicited free review copy, sample copy, or complimentary teacher edition of course materials provided by a publisher at no charge and delivered to the attention of an employee at a college or district location is presumed to be the property of MCCCD. However, the employee may nevertheless assume ownership of such materials if the following conditions are met: (1) the materials are, in the judgment of the employee, pertinent to the employee’s academic discipline or professional responsibilities; and (2) the employee keeps the materials in his or her possession for professional academic use over a period of not less than one year.

Examination copies of textbooks considered for classroom use are the property of MCCCD. (See question 11.)

It is presumed publishers provide free examination copies to Maricopa employees as a direct result of their role as an employee of the Maricopa Community Colleges. As such, any unsolicited free review copy, sample copy, or complimentary teacher edition of course materials provided by a publisher at no charge and delivered to the attention of an employee at a college or district location is presumed to be the property of MCCCD. However, the employee may nevertheless assume ownership of such materials if the following conditions are met: (1) the materials are, in the judgment of the employee, pertinent to the employee’s academic discipline or professional responsibilities; and (2) the employee keeps the materials in his or her possession for professional academic use over a period of not less than one year.

No. As these materials are provided for professional academic use and are not intended by the publisher for sale, an employee should at no time sell or trade them to any person or other entity for personal profit. Additionally, the ARS statute says a book buyer or vendor of course materials shall not solicit a faculty member or employee for the purpose of selling or trading a free sample copy or complimentary teacher editions provided at no charge by a publisher to a faculty member or employee.

When evaluation copies of textbooks are no longer needed by the employee, the following can be done:

  • Return them to the publisher or publisher’s representative at their expense;
  • Check with the college library to see if they want to add the textbook to their collection;
  • Add the textbook to the department’s lending library for students (if one is maintained); or
  • Transfer the textbook to Surplus Property for proper disposal. An inventory shall be made of all books transferred to Surplus Property.

When evaluation copies of textbooks are no longer needed by the employee, the following can be done:

  • Return them to the publisher or publisher’s representative at their expense;
  • Check with the college library to see if they want to add the textbook to their collection;
  • Add the textbook to the department’s lending library for students (if one is maintained); or
  • Transfer the textbook to Surplus Property for proper disposal. An inventory shall be made of all books transferred to Surplus Property.

Review of a textbook for evaluation for course use is within the scope of a faculty member’s employment. Peer review of academic materials, not being evaluated for course use, can be considered outside the scope of a faculty member’s employment and faculty may be compensated for such.

Peer review (also known as refereeing) is the process of subjecting an author's scholarly work, research, or ideas to the scrutiny of others who are experts in the same field. Peer review requires a community of experts in a given field, who are qualified and able to perform impartial review.

The Governing Board approved the adoption of this policy on November 25, 2008, Motion No. 9520. This policy instructs faculty members or any other employees who are in charge of adopting course materials to make their requests for information from publishers as detailed in §ARS 15-1891 (see question #1).

These policies shall be enforced by each employee of the MCCCD. To report any concerns regarding possible abuse of Governing Board policy, administrative regulation or employment standards, contact the Maricopa Concernline at 1-800-447-9819 (www.concernline.maricopa.edu) or the Employee Ombudsperson at 480-731-8084.

I-2 Guidelines for Service Animals on Campus

The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) has implemented a formal administrative regulation that addresses service animals on campus. These guidelines serve to supplement that regulation and to also provide the Maricopa Colleges with direction in responding to service animals requests on campus. In addition, the term “service animal” and the guidelines outlined herein are based upon the provisions outlined in the U.S. Department of Justice’s revised regulations for implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for Title II and Title III.

Service Animals

  1. The Americans with Disabilities Act defines service animals as those that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. This does not include animals for emotional support.
  2. Staff cannot ask about the person’s disability, require medical documentation, require a special identification card or training documentation for the service animal, or ask that the service animal demonstrate its ability to perform the work or task.
  3. Allergies and fear of the service animal are not valid reasons for denying access or refusing service to people using service animals. When a person who is allergic to service animals’ dander and a person who uses a service animal must spend time in the same room or facility, for example, in a school classroom, they both should be accommodated by assigning them, if possible, to different locations within the room or different rooms in the facility.
  4. For information regarding Service Animals on MCCCD property, please see Administrative Regulation 3.9 Domesticated Animals on Campus.
  5. In instances when it is not obvious what service an animal actually provides, only limited inquiries are allowed and the inquiries should be vetted through those who are tasked to provide disability services on behalf of the college or the MCCCD. Staff may ask two questions:
    1. Is the dog a service animal required because of a disability?
    2. What work or task has the service animal been trained to perform?

Service Animals-In-Training

  1. Any individual requesting to bring a service-animal-in-training to campus needs to request permission from College administration before the animal is brought to campus. The college administration will notify the College’s Police Department alerting them to this request.
  2.  If the individual is an employee at the District office, permission should be requested of Human Resources.
    1. In instances where requests are submitted for animals in training to be brought on site, no more than one service-animal-in-training is permitted on site per employee or student.

Emotional Support Animals

  1. Emotional support animals are generally not permitted on MCCCD campuses.            
  2. For more information regarding emotional support animals, please see 3.9 Domesticated Animals on Campus. 

Incidents Resulting in Injury    

  1. If an incident occurs that results in an animal-caused injury to students, employees or members of the public, the College’s Police Department and the District’s Enterprise Risk Management Department should be contacted in order to report all injuries (even minor ones) for documentation.
  2. Each college’s Police Department may choose to contact the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control Unit for further instruction.

AMENDED through the Administrative Regulation Process, November 5, 2019
ADOPTED through the Administrative Regulation approval process, May 29, 2012