Intellectual Property and Copyright

Intellectual property rights protect ownership and control over creative works or inventions. The most common intellectual property rights include copyright, trademarks, and patents. Copyright may apply to a wide range of creative, intellectual, or artistic works from the moment the work is “fixed in tangible form.” Trademarks are recognizable signs that distinguish specific products or services from others. Patents cover inventions.

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Accessibility

The University of Missouri (UM) “strives to assure that no qualified person with a disability shall, solely by reason of the disability, be denied access to, participation in, or the benefits of any program or activity operated by UM.” This explicitly includes online programs and activities. 

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Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Textbook publisher and other organizations often offer online tools to augment and improve teaching and learning. Because many of these are hosted off-site (in the cloud) and store FERPA-protected data, prior approval is required for their use. 

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Academic Integrity

The University is committed to assuring ethical behavior by all its members toward all its members, and all members of the university community are expected to share in this commitment to ethical behavior. Academic dishonesty is an offense against the University. A student who has committed an act of academic dishonesty has failed to meet a basic requirement of satisfactory academic performance. Thus, academic dishonesty is relevant to the evaluation of the student's level of performance, and is also a basis for disciplinary action by the Provost's office.

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