Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

AFT - College Policies XIII, XIV, and XV

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College Policy XIII

A College-wide committee will be convened on or about October 1, 1986 , to develop criteria for promotion: 

A.   The Committee will consist of an equal number of Employees and administrators with equal representation from each campus.

B.   In the event this committee cannot agree on criteria by November 15, 1986 , the criteria suggested by the constituencies represented on the committee will be submitted to a mutually agreeable third party who will select one of the two suggested systems.  The decision of the third party will be final and binding.

C.   The criteria developed through this process will be used for the term of this Agreement.

D.   This committee must also develop separate criteria for promotions where appropriate.

E.   No later than December 1, 1986 , the College shall publish this promotion criteria and the designated application and distribute them to all Employees.

College Policy XIV

As a matter of policy, the College agrees to operate its developmental  courses, those below the 100 level, at student enrollment  levels no more than eighty (80%) percent of the student-faculty  ratio for all other credit courses.  The student-faculty  ratio shall be calculated at each campus.  This calculation shall be based on actual enrollments in all credit classes, exclusive of developmental  courses.  The campus student-faculty  average for the previous academic year shall serve as the point of reference. 

This policy shall also include ENG100, Basic Principles of Composition, and DVS103, Advanced Reading and Study. 

College Policy XV

Statement of Purpose 

The spirit of this policy shall be to encourage innovative, tangible productivity.  Implicit, also, shall be the notion that the College "profits" from the academic prestige of its faculty  and staff, and that such prestige is most generally derived from publications, patents, grants and similar public evidence of expertise.  The institution's primary thrust is that of teaching.  The encouragement of activities specifically designed to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of teaching is in the best interest of the institution and consistent with its mission. 

Areas of Proprietary Interest 

       1.   Any copyrightable material, process or product. 

       2.   Any patentable material, process, or product. 

A. Circumstances under which the College would not claim proprietary interest

1.   If an Employee has produced anything in the Area of Proprietary Interest on his or her own time, not involving College money, equipment, materials, personnel, or time, (for which said person was paid to perform contracted duties), the College shall have no rights to such material, processes, products, or techniques as specified in the Area of Proprietary Interest.

2.   The College would take no proprietary  interest in an approved project such as the production of textbooks, monographs, articles, video or audio tapes, as long as the total compensation to the faculty  member was less than or equal to a three (3) credit course reduction for one (1) semester or equivalent payment; further, that the College would take no proprietary interest if the faculty  member received no compensation, but that direct or indirect cost to the College on an approved project would be less than or equal to four hundred ($400) dollars.  Under this circumstance, the College would retain the right to use that which was developed, without payment to the Employee and/or copyright/patent holder.  The Employee would be free, at his/her expense, to seek a copyright or patent and/or to market that which was developed.

3.   A project is supported in whole or in part by a grant from an external agency (federal, state, or private).  The conditions of the grant will prevail.  If no conditions are specified, then B. will be applicable.

B. Circumstances under which the College may claim proprietary interest 

1.   If an Employee was hired specifically to produce materials, processes or products which could be in the areas of Proprietary Interest, then the College, at its sole discretion would return all proprietary rights.

2.   If an Employee was employed temporarily or full-time, with primary duties specified as other than the "project" but received additional compensation in excess of a three (3) credit course reduction or equivalent cash; or received support (copying, video-taping, graphics, typing, etc.) valued at more than four hundred ($400) dollars, then the College, at its sole discretion would claim proprietary interest to the extent of recovery of all substantiated costs to the College associated with the project in question.  Costs shall be recovered by applying fifty (50%) percent of revenues until reimbursement is completed.

C. General Provisions

1.   The person(s) producing the product shall be acknowledged as the author(s) and all appropriate credits shall be given to all primary and support personnel.

2.   Use or copyright of the product by the College does not violate contractual agreements whether with an individual or a collective bargaining agent or an external agency, e.g., a project supported by a government grant is "public property" and generally not subject to proprietary interests.

3. The internal use of developed material shall be without charge to the College and shall be housed in its Learning Resources Center and shall be distributed, or reserved, as all other materials.  The College may distribute, on a temporary loan-non-profit basis, to other institutions, said materials.  External distribution for any reason other than demonstration or review purposes shall be by the mutual consent of the College and the author(s) in writing.  The author(s) may use such materials for professional activities such as conferences, conventions, and so forth.  In cases where the College or author(s) have gained proprietary rights, this general provision may still be in effect if written agreements do not specifically prohibit it.  The author(s) retain the right to review recorded material in order to update or otherwise improve its accuracy or quality.  If significant costs are associated with such updates or improvements, a separate agreement may be negotiated or at the discretion of the College, the material may be removed from circulation.