Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.
Purpose: 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.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 504-43-030.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28B.30.150.
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 10-15-109 on July 21, 2010.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: October 8, 2010.
Ralph T. Jenks, Director
Procedures, Records, and Forms
and University Rules Coordinator
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;
(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
(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
[Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.30.150. 08-24-027, § 504-43-030, filed 11/24/08, effective 12/25/08.]