WSR 10-15-109

PROPOSED RULES

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY


[ Filed July 21, 2010, 8:22 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 10-09-079.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: The university is updating the rules regarding providing students with choices for purchasing course materials.

Hearing Location(s): Lighty 401, WSU Pullman, Pullman, Washington, on August 27, 2010, at 4:00 p.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: October 8, 2010.

Submit Written Comments to: Ralph Jenks, Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 641225, Pullman, WA 99164-1225, e-mail jenks@wsu.edu, fax (509) 335-3969, by August 27, 2010.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Deborah Bartlett, (509) 335-2005, by August 25, 2010.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The university is updating the requirements and responsibilities regarding providing students with choices for purchasing course materials in accordance with recently amended RCW 28B.10.590.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28B.30.150.

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

Name of Proponent: Washington State University, public.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Ken Vreeland, Special Assistant to the Provost and Executive Vice-President, French Administration 436, Pullman, Washington 99164-1046, (509) 335-5581; Implementation and Enforcement: Warwick Bayly, Provost and Executive Vice-President, French Administration 436, Pullman, Washington 99164-1046, (509) 335-5581.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. The rule has no impact on small business.

A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. The university does not consider this rule to be a significant legislative rule.

July 21, 2010

Ralph T. Jenks, Director

Procedures, Records, and Forms

and University Rules Coordinator

OTS-3481.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 08-24-027, filed 11/24/08, effective 12/25/08)

WAC 504-43-030   Providing cost savings to students for course materials.   (1) The affiliated bookstores for Washington State University (WSU) are incorporated as the students book corporation. The students book corporation is responsible for the following:

(a) Providing students the option of purchasing course materials that are unbundled whenever possible;

(b) Disclosing to faculty and students the retail costs of textbooks on a per book and per course basis and making such information publicly available;

(c) Disclosing publicly, when such information is available, how new editions vary from previous editions; ((and))

(d) Actively promoting and publicizing book buy-back programs; and

(e) Disclosing to students information on required course materials including, but not limited to, title, authors, edition, price, and International Standard Book Number (ISBN) at least four weeks before the start of the class for which the materials are required. The chief academic officer may waive the disclosure requirement provided in this subsection (1)(e), on a case-by-case basis, if students may reasonably expect that nearly all information regarding course materials is available four weeks before the start of the class for which the materials are required. The requirement provided in this subsection (1)(e) does not apply if the faculty member using the course materials is hired four weeks or less before the start of class.

(2) To provide cost savings to students for course materials when educational content is comparable as determined by faculty, WSU faculty and staff members are encouraged to:

(a) Consider adopting the least expensive edition of course materials available ((when educational content is comparable));

(b) Consider adopting free, open textbooks when available;

(c) Work closely with ((publishers and the students book corporation to create bundles and packages if they provide a cost savings to students)) university librarians to put together collections of free on-line web and library resources.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.30.150. 08-24-027, 504-43-030, filed 11/24/08, effective 12/25/08.]

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