Kelvin Smith Library
Policy draft as presented to the Faculty Senate in September 2021 (See Policy Timeline for policy revision & discussion history.)
In alignment with Case Western Reserve University’s North Star and its third Pathway, Achieve Social Impact, the Faculty of Case Western Reserve University is committed to disseminating its research, teaching, and scholarship as widely as possible beyond the campus and to communities that did not have access to it in the past. In keeping with that commitment and consistent with the Case Western Reserve University Faculty Handbook and Intellectual Property Policy, which assert that faculty authors shall own the copyrights to their scholarly articles, the Faculty adopts the following policy:
Each Faculty member grants to Case Western Reserve University nonexclusive permission to make available their scholarly articles and to exercise the copyright in those articles for the purpose of open dissemination. In legal terms, each Faculty member grants to Case Western Reserve University a nonexclusive, irrevocable, paid-up, worldwide license to exercise any and all rights under copyright relating to each of their scholarly articles, in any medium, provided that the articles are not sold for a profit, and to authorize others to do the same. The policy will apply to all scholarly articles written while the person is a member of the Faculty except for any articles completed before the adoption of this policy and any articles for which the Faculty member entered into an incompatible licensing or assignment agreement before the adoption of this policy. Application of the policy shall be waived for a particular article upon written notification by the author.
The Faculty Senate charges the Faculty Senate Committee on the University Libraries to advise on an implementation mechanism for the policy that would: 1) obtain an electronic copy of the faculty author’s final version of the article, or when rights permit, the version of record of the article, and make it available to the public in an open access repository, not prior to the article’s publication date unless directed otherwise by the faculty member; and 2) render compliance with the policy as convenient for the faculty as possible.
This policy is to take effect immediately; it will be reviewed after five years by the Faculty Senate Committee on the University Libraries, with a report presented to the Faculty.