Special Situation Exception Options

Situations may occur in certain courses where students are presented with the opportunity to participate in projects or activities in which the ownership of any resulting Intellectual Property must be assigned either to the University or to a sponsoring entity (such as a company) as a condition of the student’s participation. Students are never obligated to participate in projects or activities that require the assignment of the student’s Intellectual Property to the University or to another entity. In these situations, students will always be presented with two options:

·         To participate in alternative projects or activities that do not require the student to assign their Intellectual Property.

·         To participate in projects or activities that require the student to assign their Intellectual Property.

The student’s grade and/or evaluation of performance in the course will not be affected by the student’s decision to participate or not to participate in projects or activities requiring the assignment of the student’s Intellectual Property.

Students should understand that the assignment of Intellectual Property is a binding legal agreement and that they have the right to seek independent legal advice at their own expense prior to signing this agreement.

When a sponsor uses student research results, the sponsor is required to sign the Student Research Sponsorship Acknowledgement form which acknowledges that:

·         The student research results are not warranted by the University.

·         The sponsor indemnifies the University.

·         The student research results are not the work of the University.