2.11 Textbooks and Course Material


Through collaboration with faculty and academic staff, the UNI Bookstore works to ensure all necessary course materials and supplies are ordered and in stock before classes begin.  Students depend on the UNI Bookstore as their main source for textbooks, course materials and supplies.

Policy Statement

The UNI Bookstore is the university collection point for course materials adopted for use in classroom instruction. UNI Bookstore is responsible for maintaining textbook compliance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA).  The HEOA requires that to the maximum extent practicable, titles, ISBNs, and retail pricing of faculty-chosen course materials be published for students’ review prior to course registration.

To meet the requirements of HEOA, faculty and academic staff, to the maximum extent practicable, shall supply all information pertaining to textbooks, course materials, course packets and supplies that are required or recommended for student classes to the UNI Student Information System by the designated deadlines each semester. See the UNI Office of the Registrar website.

UNI Bookstore is the university entity responsible for negotiating with publishers for all transactions and special arrangements regarding course materials.  Contracts with publishing companies and vendors (e.g., digital learning connect, e-books) will be established through Procurement Services to protect student information and the University of Northern Iowa.

Course packet requests that contain copyrighted material must receive copyright reprint permission.  UNI Bookstore will facilitate and finance the permission requests with the rights holders prior to making the material available for sale to students.  Reproducing, selling, and digitally posting intellectual property without the necessary advance permissions could make faculty and/or the University liable and subject to legal action. 

Office of the Senior Vice President for Finance & Operations, approved March 20, 2018
University Council, approved April 23, 2018
President and Executive Management Team, approved April 30, 2018