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§ 20-2005-F. Responsibilities of institutions of higher education

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated StatutesTitle 24 P.S. EducationEffective: November 17, 2010

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated Statutes
Title 24 P.S. Education
Chapter 1. Public School Code of 1949 (Refs & Annos)
Article XX-F. Course Materials at Institutions of Higher Education
Effective: November 17, 2010
24 P.S. § 20-2005-F
§ 20-2005-F. Responsibilities of institutions of higher education
(a) General rule.--Except as otherwise provided in this section, each institution, to the maximum extent practicable, shall make available, at student registration and throughout the year on its Internet website and upon written request, a listing of all college textbooks and supplemental materials, including the ISBN, required and recommended for courses to be offered during the upcoming term, provided that:
(1) If the ISBN is not available, the institution shall include the author, title, edition, publisher and copyright date for the college textbook or supplemental material.
(2) If the institution determines that the disclosure of the information relating to a college textbook or supplemental material is not practicable, then the institution shall so indicate by placing the designation “To Be Determined” in lieu of the information required in paragraph (1). As this information becomes available, it shall be posted on the institution's Internet website and provided as soon as possible to students and those who have previously requested such information.
(b) Publication.--The institution shall provide the information required under subsections (a) and (d) to existing and accepted incoming students by posting the information on the institution's Internet website used for course scheduling, preregistration and registration. The institution shall inform, in writing, students and all others who make a written request for such information of the availability of the information. The posting of this information on the Internet website of the campus bookstore shall satisfy the provisions of this section, provided that the information is freely available to students and the general public.
(c) Information to bookstore.--An institution of higher education shall make available to a bookstore that is operated by, or in a contractual relationship or otherwise affiliated with, the institution and shall also make available to off-campus bookstores upon request, as soon as practicable after the request of the bookstore, the most accurate information available relating to:
(1) The institution's course schedule for the subsequent academic period.
(2) For each course or class offered by the institution for the subsequent academic period:
(i) The information required by subsection (a) for each college textbook or supplemental material required or recommended for the course or class.
(ii) The number of students enrolled in such course or class.
(iii) The maximum student enrollment for such course or class.
(d) Dissemination of other information to students.--An institution of higher education is encouraged to disseminate to students information relating to:
(1) Available guaranteed programs for renting college textbooks or for purchasing used college textbooks.
(2) Available college textbook buyback programs.
(3) Available alternative content delivery programs, including digital textbooks.
(4) Other available cost-saving strategies for acquiring college textbooks and supplemental materials.
(5) Campus and off-campus bookstore information, to the extent available, including location, hours and Internet website information.
(e) Provision of information to students.--An institution of higher education is encouraged to provide all current and accepted students the information set forth in subsection (d) as it relates to the campus bookstore with which it has a contractual relationship.
(f) Construction.--Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit or restrict the ability of a bookstore from also providing textbook information to students.


1949, March 10, P.L. 30, No. 14, art. XX-F, § 2005-F, added 2010, Nov. 17, P.L. 996, No. 104, § 21, imd. effective.
24 P.S. § 20-2005-F, PA ST 24 P.S. § 20-2005-F
Current through Act 11 of the 2024 Regular Session. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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