All copyrights, trademarks, and other intellectual property rights shall remain with the Navarro College at all times.

A student shall retain all rights to work created as part of instruction or using College District resources.


As an agent of Navarro College, an employee, including a student employee, shall not have rights to work he or she creates on College District time or using College District resources. The College District shall own any work or work product created by a College District employee in the course and scope of his or her employment, including the right to obtain copyrights.

If the employee obtains a patent for such work, the employee shall grant a non-exclusive, non-transferable, perpetual, royalty-free, College District-wide license to the College District for use of the patented work. A College District employee shall own any work or work product produced on his or her own time, away from his or her job and with personal resources, including the right to obtain patents or copyrights.

A Navarro College employee may apply to the District President or designee to use College materials and equipment in his or her creative projects, provided the employee agrees either to grant to Navarro College a non-exclusive, non-transferable, perpetual, royalty-free, College District-wide license to use the work, or permits Navarro College to be listed as co-author or co-inventor if the College’s contribution to the work is substantial. College materials do not include student work, all rights to which are retained by the student.

Navarro College may hire an independent contractor for specially commissioned work(s) under a written works-made-for-hire agreement that provides that the College shall own the work product created under the agreement, as permitted by copyright law. Independent contractors shall comply with copyright law in all works commissioned.

Upon the termination of any person’s association with Navarro College, all permission to possess, receive, or modify the College’s intellectual property shall also immediately terminate. All such persons shall return to the College all intellectual property, including but not limited to any copies, no matter how kept or stored, and whether directly or indirectly possessed by such person.

Unless the proposed use of a copyrighted work is an exception under the “fair use” guidelines maintained by the District President or designee, the College shall require an employee or student to obtain a license or permission from the copyright holder before copying, modifying, displaying, performing, distributing, or otherwise employing the copyright holder’s work for instructional, curricular, or extracurricular purposes. This policy does not apply to any work sufficiently documented to be in the public domain.

All persons are prohibited from using Navarro College technology in violation of any law including copyright law. Only appropriately licensed programs or software may be used with College’s technology resources. No person shall use the College’s technology resources to post, publicize, or duplicate information in violation of copyright law. The Board of Trustees shall direct the District President or designee to employ all reasonable measures to prevent the use of College technology resources in violation of the law. All persons using College technology resources in violation of law shall lose user privileges in addition to other sanctions.

Unless a license or permission is obtained, electronic media in the classroom, including motion pictures and other audiovisual works, must be used in the course of face-to-face teaching activities as defined by law.

Navarro College protects all Navarro College and campus trademarks, including names, logos, mascots, and symbols, from unauthorized use. The District President or designee shall grant use of the College trademark if the use is in furtherance of College-related business or activity.
Any individual, organization, or business that uses College District trademarks without appropriate authorization shall be subject to legal action.

Date Issued: January 22, 2015