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Planning for Classes: Policies and Resources

7.1 Books

The Higher Education Opportunity Act provisions that went into effect on July 1, 2010, require that colleges and universities provide students, as practical, information about required textbooks (including ISBNs) on the online course listing. The goal of this requirement is to provide the students with the greatest flexibility in obtaining their textbooks. The University’s compliance with this federal requirement will be met by linking faculty orders placed with the bookstore to the course listings. After students register for classes, a “Textbook” link will appear at the bottom of the registration page. This link connects directly to the University bookstore’s website, where the student will find a list of the assigned textbooks, including pricing and ISBN numbers. Therefore, it is essential for faculty to reply to the bookstore’s request for book orders as early as possible.

Required reading should be ordered through the Barnes & Noble (B&N) bookstore on the campus at which the course is offered, during the semester before the one in which the course is offered. If an instructor must use a book that the bookstore is unable to order, they should locate copies of this book and inform the students of the location. Do not require a book unless the text is used in the course. Whenever possible, the instructor should also place a copy of the text in library’s reserve room.

Information regarding the B&N college bookstore can be found on the University’s website

Faculty with concerns about the bookstore should contact Bob Steves, Assistant University Treasurer, who serves as the designated University liaison between faculty and the B&N college bookstore. He can be contacted at 718-817-4945 or