In order to be compliant with SB 1359, all online Schedule of Classes for CCCs and CSUs must indicate which course sections have “zero-textbook-cost" as-of January 1st, 2018. These sections will be searchable and advertised to students.
We need to know if you have a zero-textbook-cost section/course!
Every semester, please notify us of all courses/section numbers that are zero-textbook cost by filling out this form.
The State has established parameters for what constitutes “zero-textbook-cost”:
(Note: for course readers and online materials, faculty are responsible for adhering to copyright and accessibility requirements)
All course materials used must comply with copyright law and with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Contact Melissa Broox if you are unsure if a section should be considered for inclusion as “no cost” in the schedule of classes or if you have any other questions.
The ZTC designation is required only for those courses where the cost of the required textbook is zero dollars. This includes classes with no textbook assigned, that use OER materials, that use library materials that are adequately available for all students in the class, or that have optional texts.
Yes, as long as students are not required to buy course materials that are not traditional textbooks, such as online homework systems, subscriptions to publications, or lab manuals. Supplies such as paint for an art class or athletic tape for a tennis class do not count as course materials for the purpose of SB1359.
This is still a ZTC section and should be designated as such since students have the option of accessing the text completely online.
In this case, there is a cost for students, so the ZTC designation would not be used.
No, the ZTC designation is only for courses that have zero textbook cost. There is a State Academic Senate resolution for colleges to consider adding a low-cost materials designation to the schedule, but it has not been decided if OCC will implement it.
The new instructor would not be bound by the original designation. Faculty have the right and responsibility to determine the course materials required for the section they teach. Some departments make departmental decisions by the faculty for multi-section courses and these selected course materials would be used by all the faculty teaching those sections, in accordance with departmental policies. The new instructor could have the option to use the previous instructor’s course materials if s/he wished to do so and this option might be convenient and useful given the timing of the assignment. If the instructor chose to use course materials that incurred a cost instead, they or the Department Chair must notify the Dean and campus scheduler so that students in the class may be notified that the class is no longer using zero cost course materials and the ZTC designation can be taken off the online schedule.
SB 1359 requires we designate appropriate course sections by January 1, 2018.