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2002-03 University Catalog

Academic Policies and Procedures Affecting Both Undergraduates and Graduates

Student Work and Intellectual Property

Copyrightable works, including dissertations and patentable works developed in connection with course work by students who are not university employees are deemed to belong to the student. However, George Mason University may claim copyright ownership of a work or ownership of a patentable invention when extraordinary use of university facilities, personnel, or resources is made in the development of the materials or invention, especially when unrelated to coursework. Ownership and disposition of intellectual property developed by students while employed by the university, including undergraduates and graduate research and teaching assistants, is governed by university policies applicable to university employees generally.