[Athen] Conversion Request for Non-Required Textbook

David Andrews dandrews920 at comcast.net
Mon Feb 10 10:50:48 PST 2020

I do not remember anything in the Chafee
Amendment about being required. If the student
is blind or print disabled, and you are a qualified entity, you can do it.


At 11:15 AM 2/10/2020, Mary Popish wrote:

>Hello all,


>A student reached out to our alternate formats

>team to see whether we could cut, scan, and

>rebind a textbook that they purchased that was

>not required for their course of study. The

>student offered to cover the cost, since the book isn't required.


>It's my understanding of copyright law and the

>Chaffee Amendment that we wouldn't be able to do

>this, since the text is not required. Am I correct?


>If not, please let me know! And if so, I'd love

>any suggestions from folks who have had similar

>requests about how you explained why you

>couldn't process the book. (Outside of sorry,

>it's the law -- or maybe that's all I need to

>say!) I'm anticipating a follow up question from

>the student offering to pay again. If anyone has

>language they've used to explain this situation

>to other students in the past, I'd appreciate if you could share.


>Thanks so much,



>Mary Popish

>Adaptive Technology Specialist & Alternate Formats Coordinator

>Disability Resource Center

>Portland State University


>Phone: (503) 725-9119

>Fax: (503) 725-4103

>Email:Â <mailto:drc at pdx.edu>drc at pdx.edu

>URL:Â <http://www.pdx.edu/drc>http://www.pdx.edu/drc

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