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§ 20-2004-F. Faculty members and academic departments

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. § 20-2004-F
§ 20-2004-F. Faculty members and academic departments
(a) General duties of faculty members.--A faculty member or entity in charge of selecting college textbooks, supplemental materials or bundled textbook packages for an institution of higher education shall:
(1) Consider the least costly practices in assigning college textbooks, consistent with educationally sound practices as determined by the appropriate faculty or entity.
(2) Consider the use of college textbooks, supplemental materials and bundled textbook packages for a longer period of time, to the extent they are not outdated.
(3) Work with bookstores to review timeliness and the processes involved in ordering and stocking selected course materials, disclose college textbook costs to students and actively promote and publicize book buyback programs.
(4) Provide a statement to the entity designated by the president or chancellor of the institution to disseminate the information required under section 2005-F(a)1 detailing college textbooks or supplemental materials, whether bundled or unbundled, that are required or recommended for the course. Where possible, the statement shall indicate if an earlier edition may be effective for use by a student.
(5) Encourage participation in college textbook rental programs that exist or may exist in the future.
(b) Prohibited conduct by faculty and academic departments.--
(1) No faculty member or academic department may demand or receive any payment, loan, subscription, advance, deposit of money, services or any thing, present or promised, as an inducement for requiring students to purchase a specific college textbook required for coursework or instruction.
(2) Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (1), a faculty member or academic department may receive:
(i) Sample copies, instructor's copies or instructional material.
(ii) Royalties or other compensation from the sale of college textbooks that include the writing or work of the particular faculty member or academic department.
(3) A violation of this subsection may result in the institution taking disciplinary action, subject to any contractual requirements, against the faculty member or academic department, including, where appropriate, referral to law enforcement.
(c) Construction.--Nothing in this section shall be construed:
(1) To prohibit a faculty member or academic department from requiring the most recent edition of a college textbook.
(2) To supersede the institutional autonomy or academic freedom of instructors, faculty members or academic departments involved in the selection of college textbooks, supplemental materials and other classroom materials.


1949, March 10, P.L. 30, No. 14, art. XX-F, § 2004-F, added 2010, Nov. 17, P.L. 996, No. 104, § 21, imd. effective.


24 P.S. § 20-2005-F.
24 P.S. § 20-2004-F, PA ST 24 P.S. § 20-2004-F
Current through Act 13 of the 2024 Regular Session. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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