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Student copyright

  • Does the university claim an exclusive right to students' works?

Campus network

  • Are certain services or devices (e.g. p2p, gaming, network bridging, wireless access points) banned or limited from being attached to the network? What are the penalties?
  • Is there filtering limiting what sites or services students can access from the network? (e.g. Johns Hopkins blocks any access to the IP address of some major BitTorrent trackers.)
  • Are students permitted to run anonymizing services such as Tor?
  • How readily does the college release information about users of its network?
  • If the college provides legal services for students, do they extend these services to students who are sued for copyright infringement on the campus network?
  • Takedown policies on hosted Web sites?

Open access scholarship

  • Does the college maintain an institutional repository?
    • If there is not a university-wide repository, are there any departmental repositories?
  • Does the university have hiring, promotion, and tenure policies that support open access?
  • Does the university contribute to open access projects (e.g. financial support, hosting)?

Journal literature

  • Does the college have an institutional self-archiving mandate for faculty journal publications? Voluntary policy (e.g. "strongly encouraged")?
  • If the college has an institutional research fund(s), is there a self-archiving mandate for publications resulting from funded research? Voluntary policy (e.g. "strongly encouraged")?
  • Does the university have a fund for faculty who wish to publish in open access journals that charge processing fees?


Theses and dissertations

  • Does the college accept or require electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs)? Does the college mandate open access to ETDs? Voluntary policy (e.g. "strongly encouraged")?


Research data


Class software

  • Are students required to use non-free software for their classes?
  • If the school uses a course management system, is it FOSS?

Lab software

  • Are campus labs running FOSS?
    • No free OSes; no free applications running on non-free OSes
    • No free OSes; some free applications running on non-free OSes (e.g. Firefox on Windows)
    • Some free OSes available (i.e. on specific machines or via dual-boot)
    • Free OSes available exclusively

Open file formats

  • Are official documents of the college provided in open file formats (e.g. prospectus, departmental memos, meeting minutes)?
  • Are class documents distributed in open file formats (e.g. syllabus)?

Web standards

  • Are official college Web sites standards-compliant (valid HTML, CSS)?
  • Do official college Web sites use non-free design elements (e.g. Flash)?

Library digitization projects

  • Is the university digitizing its public domain holdings, if they're not previously available online?
    • If so, will the digital versions be openly accessible in a free file format? Will the university or its digitization partners claim copyright on the digital versions?
  • Is the university digitizing past dissertations (pre-electronic) where the author agrees? (e.g. [1])


  • Does the university make its course materials available?

Patent policy

  • Does the college's technology transfer office file patent applications for software patents?
  • Does the college's technology transfer office file patent applications for business method patents?
  • UAEM / biomedical patent licensing


  • Does the college claim trademark rights on its college colors? (e.g. [2])

Student privacy

  • What information does the college collect about students? How is that information used?

Free speech

  • Free speech zones?

Copyright "education"

  • RIAA et al. misinformation programs?

Freedom of information

  • Can you get the college's public records?

Open education

Random FOSS questions

  • Is the university's Web server run on FOSS?
  • Does the university use FOSS for other applications (administrative, research...)?
  • Is software developed at the university FOSS?
  • Does the university contribute to FOSS projects (e.g. code, financial, mirroring)?


  • Notable free culture-related faculty or academic programs?
  • Other comments?