Copyright Policy

Authority: Academic Affairs and Enrollment Management
Date Enacted or Revised: May 12, 2014; Revised September 3, 2015; March 11, 2022

The administration of McNeese State University supports strict compliance with the provisions of copyright law as outlined in Title 17 of the United States Code and the University of Louisiana System’s Intellectual Property and Shared Royalties Policy.

Each person employed by the University is responsible for understanding copyright law and adhering to its provisions. Employees who violate copyright law do so at their own risk and assume all liability. In addition, faculty who make course materials available through the University Bookstore must comply with copyright policies and law.

For practical answers to common questions of copyright in a university setting, McNeese State University references “Questions and Answers on Copyright for the Campus Community” by the National Association of College Stores. Key issues covered in this work include but are not limited to guidelines for copying print and digital works; guidelines for classroom copying; information about obtaining permission to copy; and an example of a copyright permission request form in PDF.

For more information on Title 17 Copyright compliance and best practices, see the Frazar Memorial Library’s Guide to Copyright at


This policy is distributed via the Academic Advisory Council, the Administrative Advisory Council, the University Listserv, and the University Policies webpage.