Proposed policy indicated Ohio State would claim ownership of scholarly works.

research-ohioOhio State University is assuring its professors that their scholarly works — books, articles, software and other works that can be copyrighted — belong to them.

That’s the arrangement that had been in place for years. But a policy proposed last month stoked fears that the university was trying to take control of those works. Some professors threatened to quit if it was approved.

A new draft being circulated aims to ease those worries, and OSU President Michael V. Drake said during his investiture on March 31 that professors have nothing to fear.

“This gives me an opportunity to reaffirm our belief in the bedrock principle that the traditional scholarly and artistic intellectual endeavors produced by our faculty belong to our faculty,” Drake said, drawing the first round of applause in a speech in Mershon Auditorium.

(Next page: What university professors say about updates to the new draft)


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