SMU iTUNES U POLICIES & PROCEDURES Revised 02.12.08
SMU on iTunes U (iTunes.smu.edu) is a joint project of Budget and Information Technology Services (BITS) and the Office of Public Affairs. SMU on iTunes U will be administered by a Steering Committee and an Operations Committee. The day to day operations of iTunes U will be managed by an iTunes U System Administrator designated by BITS.
Unless otherwise stated, existing technology policies and procedures
apply to SMU on iTunes U. These include but are not limited
- Intellectual Property Policy of SMU 12.1
- Copyright Policy 12.2
- Computing and Communications Acceptable Use Policy 12.3
- Public Affairs' Official Web Use Policies
SMU on iTunes U contains both Public Content available to the world as well as Private Content limited to on-campus access or to students in a particular SMU course during a specific semester. Different policies may apply for Public versus Private Content.
Uploaded content comes from a variety of sources and does not necessarily represent the opinions or policies of Southern Methodist University.
Materials uploaded to iTunes U will retain the same ownership as the materials had before uploading. Ownership is covered by SMU's Intellectual Property Policy and, in the case of students, policies of individual schools and departments.
Materials uploaded to the Public Content section of iTunes U must be sponsored and administered by an SMU department or official organization.
Apple does not allow material to be sold directly through iTunes U.
Copyright and Licenses
Refer questions about copyright and related issues to the SMU Office of Legal Affairs (214-768-3233).
SMU's expectation of copyright and other compliance is no different for iTunes U than for any other of our primary or secondary information servers. SMU respects the intellectual property rights of others and prohibits uploading to iTunes U any content that violates another party's intellectual property rights or SMU's Computing and Communications Acceptable Use Policy.
If you believe that your intellectual property rights have been violated or that any content on SMU@iTunes U violates SMU's Computing and Communications Acceptable Use Policy, please notify the SMU Office of Legal Affairs (214-768-3233).
Content created by a faculty member, academic or administrative department is expected to adhere to the AAUP Code of Professional Ethics and the University's Standards of Professional Ethics for Faculty.
Content posted to the Private Content section of iTunes U is expected to conform to all relevant laws and guidelines,including, without limitation, United States Copyright Act, Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and the Teach Act.
For general information about copyright and other rights relevant to iTunes U, visit our Copyright page.
Relationship of iTunes U to other SMU online resources
Space permitting, the University recognizes that posting material already online to iTunes U can be beneficial. However, storage and bandwidth issues may cause the University to limit uploaded material to that which is unique to iTunes U or which is judged by the Steering Committee to be most appropriately distributed by this medium.
Uploading and Managing Content
Creating, uploading and monitoring public content is the responsibility of SMU Schools, departments and organizations that have requested space on iTunes U. Forms to request space and to identify the iTunes U administrator are available here. Only the iTunes U Administrator may upload content to the Public Content section of iTunes U.
Where possible, uploading private, course-related content will be the responsibility of the content creator or producer. Academic Computing Services will endeavor to supply training or STAR students as appropriate to assist faculty or others uploading course-related materials. A form for requesting space on iTunes U for a course is available here.
The iTunes U System Administrator will be responsible for monitoring storage and bandwidth limits on the iTunes U site to avoid Apple charging SMU additional fees or reducing storage/bandwidth. However, all departmental iTunes U administrators are expected to monitor their own usage. Although there are currently no departmental storage or bandwidth quotas, it may be necessary to institute these in the future.
SMU's iTunes U System Administrator will be responsible for monitoring the technical quality of Public Content. However, all departmental iTunes U administrators are expected to assure that the materials uploaded to iTunes U are in the proper file format and encoding. Guidelines for preparing content are under development.
The iTunes U System Administrator will monitor that uploaded materials conform to proper naming conventions and the metadata is appropriately tagged. Guidelines for preparing content are under development.
Content creators are responsible for maintaining local archival copies of materials uploaded to iTunes U. Neither Apple or SMU's iTunes U Systems Administrator are responsible for maintaining backups of iTunes U content.
Apple does not promise that iTunes U will be available at all times. Faculty, staff and students are cautioned to prepare contingency plans in the event that the iTunes website is not available.