Use of Self Authored Materials

Scope: Who is Covered by this Policy?

Instructional Staff 


Use of Self-Authored Material

In the event that an instructor wishes to utilize a commercial textbook(s) or other material which is authored by the instructor and the sale of which results in a royalty being paid to the instructor, then such textbook/material may only be required by the instructor if:

  1. the instructor’s chair or program director and dean have consented to the use of the textbook/material; or
  2. the majority of faculty within the instructor’s department has voted to permit the instructor’s use of the commercial textbook/material in the instructor’s class.

Sales of such items cannot be conducted directly between a faculty member and a student.

Related Form(s)

Not applicable.

Additional Resources and Procedures

Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Policy Administration

Next Review Date


Responsible Officers

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Legal Authority

  • Ohio Ethics Laws
  • 20 USC 1015(b)

Compliance Policy


Revision History

New Policy July 2021 (Formerly a Section of Texbook Policy) 

Reference ID(s)

  • MUPIM 10.4
  • OAC 3339-10-04

Reviewing Bodies

  • Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Miami University Senate