Today's Law As Amended


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SB-727 Public postsecondary education: instructional materials: innovative pricing.(2017-2018)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 66406.6 is added to the Education Code, to read:

66406.6.
 (a) Each public postsecondary educational institution may adopt policies that allow for the use of innovative pricing techniques and payment options for textbooks and other instructional materials. Each public postsecondary educational institution may consult with students, faculty, financial aid officers, counselors, campus bookstores, or other appropriate campus interests with respect to these policies.
(b) Policies adopted pursuant to subdivision (a) may include, but are not necessarily limited to, bulk pricing arrangements that enable students to purchase course materials or texts that are delivered by any of the following methods:
(1) Delivered digitally.
(2) Delivered through technology.
(3) Delivered in a print format.
(c) Innovative pricing techniques and payment options adopted pursuant to this section shall be adopted only if there is documented evidence that the proposed options, if they are adopted, would actually reduce the cost of the textbooks or other instructional materials for students taking a course.
(d) Nothing in this section, nor any policy adopted by a public postsecondary educational institution pursuant to this section, shall violate, or be inconsistent with, the academic freedom of faculty as it relates to the assignment and use of instructional materials.
(e) Nothing in this section shall be construed to require a student to purchase course materials through an innovative pricing technique or payment option adopted by a public postsecondary educational institution pursuant to this section.