Students’ work is also covered by copyright. Professors who wish to reuse or reproduce student work in any way will find the following FAQs helpful.
Can I place student papers on reserve in the library to use as examples of excellent work?
Works created by students are protected by copyright. Instructors should get permission before publishing, uploading to a website, or using student work as a model for other classes. The University of Connecticut Libraries provide links to sample permission letters and forms.
Some of my samples were written by students who have left the UW Colleges. Can I just black out the names so that the content is presented anonymously?
Not according to Central Michigan University. Permission is still necessary.
Is it a violation of copyright for me to require that students submit their work to a site that checks for plagiarism?
In 2009, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided that use of an online plagiarism service qualified as Fair Use. High school students contested the right of the Turnitin service to place their intellectual property in an archive for comparison with future submissions. For more information, see Jolt Digest: An Online Companion to the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology (4-25-2009). For the text of the decision, see A.V. v. IParadigms, L.L.C.
For more information on copyright and student work:
- Kent State University—Copyright for Student Authors
Discusses faculty use of students’ original work.
- North Carolina State University Libraries—Who owns the copyright to works created by students?
Differentiates between work done as a student and that done as an employee of the university. Also explains why students do not own the copyright for notes taken during a class lecture.