December 2005 Archives

Issues of copyright and intellectual property affect Rutgers faculty and instructors in their role of published authors as well as in the role of educators. While the university policy on copyright covers issues of authorship, it does not provide much guidance on fair use of other's work for education.

Meanwhile, the entertainment industry is lobbying heavily to stop the "piracy" made possible by the internet. New laws like the Digital Millennium Copyright Act have been passed that, while intended to protect intellectual property authorship, may have unintended consequences on educational use.

Lawrence Lessig of Stanford University Law School has recently published a book on the effects of the new copyright laws on cultural freedom. He raises some important questions that will concern faculty both as authors and educators.

The book, Free Culture is available for free at Lessig's web site, and we have a copy here (right-click to download or save) for quicker access on the campus network. As might be expected for a book on Free Culture, it is free to redistribute according to the terms of its Creative Commons License.

New Roster System, New Student IDs

The University Registrar's office has updated the system for retrieving online rosters and reporting grades. The new system seems significantly easier to use. You can find information about how to use the new system at the Registrar's “REGIS” page.

In a related issue, the university will begin it’s transition to new student ID numbers in January. This will affect what information faculty and instructors will see in the rosters, and depending on when you get your rosters you may not have the correct numbers for reporting grades.

  • Prior to January 22, 2006, rosters will have student social security numbers. These will become incorrect and should not be used after the start of the Spring 2006 semester.
  • Between January 22 and February 13, 2006 rosters will have no student number.
  • After February 13, 2006 rosters will have the new, correct student numbers.

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