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Faculty Rights Tip: Intellectual Property Policies

CFA faculty advocates recently have seen copies of two draft policies on Intellectual Property Rights that were circulated in the Statewide Academic Senate and in several campus Academic Senates.

The committees that developed these draft policies were made up entirely of administrators and campus/system legal advisors and, in our opinion, the content of these draft policies reflects this fact.

Intellectual Property is covered under Article 39 of our Faculty Contract, and the University Administration is obligated under the Higher Education Employee Reform Act to bargain with CFA over Intellectual Property.

CFA has no intention of allowing the erosion of faculty Intellectual Property Rights, and we have informed the administration accordingly. The draft policies sent out in recent weeks cannot and will not be implemented without CFA meeting and conferring on behalf of faculty in the CSU.

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