Generally, student work written, performed, or created in or out of class belongs to the student. Exceptions occur when students use significant university funds, resources, and/or facilities to create their intellectual property (IP). The term “significant” implies use beyond what is considered usual and customary. In such exceptions, a disclosure must be made to the university for the determination of IP ownership, cost recovery, and royalty distribution.
Ball State’s Intellectual Property Policy provides a more detailed explanation regarding university ownership of intellectual property (IP) produced by students. With some exceptions, students fall in the same category as faculty, staff, and visitors, where significant uses of university resources and/or facilities are used to create the IP.
Ball State has a limited royalty-free license to use student-owned work created as part of a university project or program for certain educational, marketing, or promotional purposes.