Providing digital access to textbooks for students that do not have physical copies of your textbooks can cause legal complications for the college. This page will give you some general guidelines and scenarios that you can follow. Given the current public health crisis, it is crucial that we provide access to materials in a responsible manner.
During uncertain times when access to physical textbooks is limited, copyright rules such a Fair Use can be applied to allow instructors to teach effectively. It is up to the individual instructor to ask if putting digital material online for students to access is the best reasonable solution, and if there are policies in place that prevent copyright abuse. Limiting the scope of digitized material to only include relevant information for the lesson at hand, limiting the time the material is available online, and limiting the audience that has access to these materials are necessary steps we must take to remain compliant with copyright law.