Faculty Statement on Course Access Codes

Please fill out the form on the right to add your name to this statement from faculty on course access codes.

As faculty members, we affirm that it is our prerogative and responsibility to select course materials that are pedagogically most appropriate for our classes. We also affirm that it is consistent with this principle to seek affordable and accessible course materials whenever possible. Unfortunately, textbook publishers are promoting a new product, the course access code, which completely eliminates low and no-cost course material options for students, such as textbook rental programs and open textbooks.

Therefore, we the undersigned declare our intent to:

  • Seek and consider open textbooks and other open resources when choosing course materials.
  • Give preference to low or no-cost materials such as open textbooks over more expensive single-use access codes if it makes sense for the class.
  • Encourage institutions to develop support for the use of open textbooks.