Except in the case of works written or produced for hire, and subject to any restrictions imposed by outside sponsoring or funding organizations, a Faculty Member who writes or produces any work shall have exclusive rights thereto, including the ownership of copyright.

It is recognized that there are usually three (3) interests involved in connection with research work and invention performed with the resources of the University. These three (3) interests are the Faculty Member researcher or inventor, the University, and the general public whose taxes support the University. If the research is financed wholly or in part by an outside agency, there exists an additional interest. Rights, royalties, and other net profits shall be shared fairly amongst the parties. The Faculty Member will receive a share of the net profits from the sale or exploitation of patents according to the following schedule: (a) for total net profit up to $100,000, the amount assigned to the Faculty Member shall be 2/3; (b) for total net profit above $100,000 up to $200,000, the amount assigned to the Faculty Member shall be 1/2; (c) for total net profit above $200,000 up to $300,000, the amount assigned to the Faculty Member shall be 5/12; and d) for total net profit above $300,000, the amount assigned to the Faculty Member shall be 1/3.


Faculty Members shall own all rights to materials prepared on their own initiative for classroom, educational or professional purposes, and shall be exclusively entitled to the benefit of any royalties derived therefrom.

Class syllabi and instructional materials created by Faculty Members shall be treated as materials prepared on their own initiative for classroom and educational purposes, provided that the Employer may require, for the sole purpose of complying with accreditation requirements or program articulation, that Faculty Members provide copies of syllabi or instructional materials to designated managerial personnel. The Employer’s use of syllabi or instructional materials shall be used strictly for these purposes, and the release of these materials by Faculty Members does not entitle or allow the Employer or any other Faculty Member(s) to publish or reuse them without the Faculty Member’s written consent.

For personal educational purposes, students may record classroom lectures or other presentations, using tape recorders or other electronic or mechanical devices, unless the Faculty Member denies permission for such recording. Permission shall not be denied when the student requires such devices as the result of a physical disability.


The Employer may transmit or record for transmission any classroom instruction, lecture or other instructional or performance event produced by Faculty as a part of a program of distance learning, e.g., HITS and SkyBridge, where the Faculty Member has received either an equivalent reduction in other classroom assignments or overload compensation as set forth in Article XXI, Salaries. The Employer, however, may not sell or re-transmit in future semesters any such recording except under the terms of a written agreement between the Employer and the Faculty Member providing each party with a fifty percent (50%) interest in the net profits from either the sale or rebroadcast.

Faculty Members engaged in technology mediated instruction or distance learning require adequate training, equipment and technical support. Where these are not available the Faculty Member may not be required to engage in technology mediated instruction or distance programs. The class size (the total of all students at all sites) will not exceed the seat load of a comparable, traditionally taught class unless agreed to by the Faculty Member.


The rights of Faculty Members relating to patents and copyrights shall be governed by the University of Hawaii Patent and Copyright Policy (effective1/22/68, revised 6/22/81), the Executive Policy E5.500 [EP 12.205] Administration of the Patent and Copyright Policy, and the Administrative Procedures A5.500, A5.501, and A5.502 (as in effect on 3/85), which are incorporated herein by reference. (See R-10, R-11, R-12, R-13, R-14 of Reference Section.)