uManitoba profs warned of students sharing course material online

December 16, 2011

In an e-mail to its members, the University of Manitoba Faculty Association (UMFA) says it has learned of a national website called LocAZu, on which students can buy and sell textbooks, past exams, lecture notes, and study materials. UMFA expresses concern over the sharing of course material that is the personal property of individual professors. "The course materials you have created, including lectures, course notes, laboratory materials, exams and other works created by members for their class, are your intellectual property and cannot be published without your permission." The faculty union "strongly recommends against this method of sharing course materials." Canadian Association of University Teachers executive director James Turk says it's no violation for students to share their notes of a lecture, but they are "not at liberty to tape someone's lecture and send it around. If the student did that, they're in violation of copyright law." UMFA website | Winnipeg Free Press