Repeal of Policy on Textbooks and Curricular Materials (Bonine #243)

Date of Notice: 
Fri, 05/08/2015
Legislation, Resolution, or Policy Adoption: 
Policy Repeal
Current Status: 
Approved on 05/20/15

Section I

1.1 WHEREAS, the transition to a new Board of Trustees for the University under the law popularly known as Senate Bill 270 of 2013 removed the State Board of Higher Education as a future source of policies for the University of Oregon; and

1.2 WHEREAS, a number of rules adopted by the State Board of Higher Education in the past (primarily known as “Oregon Administrative Rules 580-[various]” or herein as “580 rules” (contained within and as “Oregon Administrative Rules 166-[various]” involve academic matters as commonly understood in higher education; and

1.3 WHEREAS, the Discrimination Policies Working Group committee has reviewed this “580 rule” of the old State Board and found it to be unnecessary, and possibly contrary to academic freedom; and

1.4 WHEREAS, Section 170 (8) of Senate Bill 270 provides:

(8) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, the lawfully adopted rules and policies of the State Board of Higher Education pertaining to a university with a governing board that are in effect on the effective date of this 2013 Act continue in effect until lawfully superseded or repealed by the standards or policies of the governing board or the university [emphasis added]; and

1.5 and WHEREAS, the Senate Executive Committee has taken a “Master List” of rules and policies, added a unique, easy-to-track identifying number to each one, and created a series of subject-matter tabs to help pull rules together under each tab (see Policies of Senate Interest Excel workbook),

Section II

2.1 BE IT HEREBY MOVED that the following “580 rule” be hereby repealed by the University of Oregon Senate (upon subsequent assent by the University President):

Bonine              State Board

Number            Regulation                    Simple title

243                  OAR 580.015.0085      Textbooks and Curricular Materials

POLICY 580.015.0085 TEXT:

Nothing herein either prohibits or requires the use of any particular textbook or curricular materials. If, however, materials are found upon investigation to exert a discriminatory impact on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, national origin, race or religion, the institutions and divisions shall make a reasonable effort to make available supplemental alternative nondiscriminatory materials.

Financial Impact: 
Cost Neutral

Jane Cramer (Associate Professor, Political Science), Chair of Discrimination Policies Workgroup

Legislative History: 

See adoption notes at the end of each existing "580 rule."