WSR 07-09-072



[ Filed April 17, 2007, 10:19 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 06-24-021.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: New chapter 478-165 WAC, Cost savings for course materials.

Hearing Location(s): Room 309, Husky Union Building (HUB), University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, on May 24, 2007, at 12:00 noon.

Date of Intended Adoption: July 19, 2007.

Submit Written Comments to: Rebecca Goodwin Deardorff, Director of Rules Coordination, UW Rules Coordination Office, Box 355509, Seattle, WA 98195-5509, e-mail, fax (206) 221-6917, by May 24, 2007.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact disability services office by May 14, 2007, TTY (206) 543-6452 or (206) 543-6450.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: As required by RCW 28B.10.590, the University of Washington 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.20.130.

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 28B.10.590.

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

Name of Proponent: University of Washington, governmental.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting and Implementation: Gus Kravas, Special Assistant to the Provost, Room 227, Gerberding Hall, University of Washington, Seattle, (206) 543-5708; and Enforcement: Phyllis Wise, Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Room 301, Gerberding Hall, University of Washington, Seattle, (206) 543-7632.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. New chapter 478-165 WAC does not impose a disproportionate impact on small businesses.

A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. Chapter 478-165 WAC is not considered a significant legislative rule by the University of Washington.

April 17, 2007

Rebecca Goodwin Deardorff

UW Director of Rules Coordination


Chapter 478-165 WAC


WAC 478-165-010   Authority.   Pursuant to the requirements of RCW 28B.10.590, the board of regents of the University of Washington has established these rules regarding promoting cost savings in course materials for students at the University of Washington.


WAC 478-165-020   Policy.   It is declared the policy of the University of Washington that students should have increased choices for purchasing lower cost educational materials. Faculty and staff are encouraged to work closely with book stores and publishers to implement these rules and to find the least costly options for course materials without sacrificing educational content, and to provide maximum cost savings to students.


WAC 478-165-030   Definitions.   (1) "Materials" means any supplies or texts required or recommended by faculty or staff of the University of Washington for a given course.

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


WAC 478-165-040   Affiliated book store responsibilities.   In making course materials available for purchase, any University of Washington affiliated book store should:

(1) Provide students the option of purchasing materials that are unbundled when possible;

(2) Disclose to faculty and staff the costs to students of purchasing materials, and work with faculty and staff to encourage publishers to provide information showing how new editions vary from previous editions and to make this information available publicly;

(3) Actively promote and publicize book buy-back programs; and

(4) Disclose retail costs for course materials on a per course basis to faculty and staff and make this information publicly available.


WAC 478-165-050   Faculty and staff obligations.   In assigning course materials, faculty and staff members shall consider the least costly practices, which may include but are not limited to:

(1) Adopting the least expensive edition of materials available, consistent with copyright restrictions, when educational content is comparable as determined by the faculty; and

(2) Working closely with publishers and local book stores to create bundles and packages of course materials only if they deliver additional value or cost savings to students.


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