WSR 08-21-141

PROPOSED RULES

EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY


[ Filed October 21, 2008, 9:50 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 08-18-057.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: New chapter 172-132 WAC, Course materials.

Hearing Location(s): Eastern Washington University, Main Campus, Tawanka Commons, Room 215, Cheney, WA 99004, on December 2, 2008, at 3:00 p.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: December 23, 2008.

Submit Written Comments to: University Policy Administrator, 214 Showalter Hall, Cheney, WA 99004, e-mail tlutey@ewu.edu, fax (509) 359-7036, by December 1, 2008.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Trent Lutey by December 1, 2008, (509) 359-6322.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: As required by RCW 28B.10.590, Eastern Washington University proposes these new rules to give students more choices for purchasing educational materials and to encourage faculty and staff to work closely with bookstores and publishers to implement the least costly option without sacrificing educational content and to provide maximum cost savings to students.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28B.10.590 and 28B.35.120(12).

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 28B.10.590.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Name of Proponent: Eastern Washington University, governmental.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Laurie Connelly, 214 Showalter, Cheney, WA 99004, (509) 359-2371; Implementation: Bob Anderson, EWU Bookstore, PUB, Cheney, WA 99004, (509) 359-2826; and Enforcement: LeeAnn Case, 211 Tawanka Hall, Cheney, WA 99004, (509) 359-6618.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. New chapter 516-40 WAC does not impose a disproportionate impact on small businesses.

A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. Chapter 172-132 WAC is not considered a significant legislative rule by Eastern Washington University.

October 20, 2008

Trent S. Lutey

University Policy Administrator

Chapter 172-132 WAC

COURSE MATERIALS
NEW SECTION
WAC 172-132-010   Purpose.   The purpose of this chapter is to reduce overall costs of course materials for students by implementing measures designed to encourage use of less costly materials without sacrificing educational content.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 172-132-020   Definitions.   Throughout this chapter, the following definitions apply.

(1) "Materials" means any supplies or texts required or recommended by faculty or staff for a given course.

(2) "Bundled" means a group of objects joined together by packaging or required to be purchased as an indivisible unit.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 172-132-030   Cost savings for course materials.   The Eastern Washington University Bookstore will:

(1) provide students the option of purchasing materials that are unbundled whenever possible;

(2) disclose to faculty and staff the costs to students of purchasing materials and disclose retail costs for course materials on a per course basis to faculty and staff and make this information publicly available;

(3) disclose publicly how new editions vary from previous editions by providing the contact information for the publisher;

(a) When a new edition of a textbook is ordered by faculty, the bookstore will notify them of the retail cost change to the students if this information is available. The bookstore will also inquire if students may use the old edition if it is available.

(b) The bookstore will provide notice that this is a new edition, and whether or not the student may use the old edition.

(4) promote and publicize book buy-back programs;

(5) encourage faculty and staff to consider the least costly practices in assigning course materials, such as adopting the least expensive edition available when educational content is comparable as determined by the faculty and working closely with publishers and local bookstores to create bundles and packages if they deliver cost savings to students.

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