WSR 08-20-134



[ Filed October 1, 2008, 10:37 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 08-16-100.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: Create new chapter 504-43 WAC, Course materials. New rules to address cost savings for course materials.

Hearing Location(s): Washington State University, Lighty Room 405, Pullman, Washington, on November 5, 2008, at 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: November 21, 2008.

Submit Written Comments to: Ralph T. Jenks, Director, Procedures, Records, and Forms and University Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 641225, Pullman, WA 99164-1225, e-mail, fax (509) 335-3969, by November 5, 2008.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Deborah Bartlett by October 30, 2008, (509) 335-2005.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: State law requires that the state universities adopt rules that encourage cost savings for student course materials.

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: Antoinette Ursich, Assistant Attorney General's Office, WSU, (509) 335-2636; Implementation and Enforcement: Warwick Bayly, Provost's Office, (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.

October 1, 2008

Ralph T. Jenks, Director

Procedures, Records, and Forms

and University Rules Coordinator


Chapter 504-43 WAC


WAC 504-43-010   Purpose.   The purpose of this chapter is 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.


WAC 504-43-020   Definitions.   For the purposes of this chapter, the following words and phrases mean:

"Course materials." Any supplies or texts required or recommended by faculty or staff for a given course. Course materials may include, but are not limited to, texts, workbooks, study guides, CD-ROMs, art supplies, and other ancillary materials.

"Bundle." A group of course materials joined together by packaging or required to be purchased as an indivisible unit.


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.

(2) To provide cost savings to students for course materials, 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) Work closely with publishers and the students book corporation to create bundles and packages if they provide a cost savings to students.


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