WHEREAS, the issues related to defining and regulating the rights and responsibilities related to intellectual endeavors and intellectual property are central to the purposes of Winthrop University and all institutions of higher education; and

WHEREAS, the administration and faculty of Winthrop University have appropriately identified a need to review and revise the University's policies due to significant developments over the past decade in technology and the ability to store and transmit intellectual property; and

WHEREAS, the resulting Intellectual Property Rights policy developed by the faculty and recommended by the administration is the result of significant research and campus-wide consultation;

THEREFORE, LET IT BE RESOLVED by the Board of Trustees of Winthrop University that the Intellectual Property Rights policy recommended by the Academic Council and the President is hereby acknowledged and approved.

June 6, 2003