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REMINDER: Providing timely textbook information to students as required by new federal law

Barbara S. Romzek, Interim Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Thursday, January 27, 2011 4:00 PM
KU Lawrence Faculty
KU Lawrence Unclassified Professional Staff

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to remind you of the following deadlines for submitting text book information to the KU Bookstores:

  • Summer Semester: March 15th
  • Fall Semester: April 15th

The Higher Education Opportunity Act took effect July 1 and requires the University to inform students at the time of enrollment what textbooks and supplemental materials are required and/or recommended for a course.

The KU Bookstores, as an affiliate of the university, has assumed responsibility for providing online textbook pricing information for the university. In order for the KU Bookstores to provide this information to students, you must submit text book information by the deadlines listed above.

Textbook adoptions must be provided to the KU Bookstores, even if you do not intend to order course materials through them, so that the information about required textbooks and supplemental materials will appear in the KU official online schedule as required by this new law.

Please also list any additional supplies that you will require the student to purchase for each class including clickers, goggles, lab coats, or supplies and reference packs.

A PDF copy of the textbook adoption form is available by visiting www.union.ku.edu/adoption-form.pdf. Please submit this form by fax or campus mail, or by e-mailing it to textbook@ku.edu or going online to www.union.ku.edu/adoption.

If you are not using such materials for your class, the form must still be submitted, indicating there are no required readings or supplies for the course.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call one of the following individuals in the KU Bookstores Textbook Department:

  • Rachel Barnes, Asst. Textbook Buyer, KU Bookstores - rbarn04@ku.edu – 864-2470
  • Caitlin Davies, Textbook Buyer, KU Bookstores - cdavies@ku.edu – 864-2477
  • James Rourke, Textbook Manager, KU Bookstores - jrourke1@ku.edu – 864-2478

I am aware this law may require some faculty members to move up their usual timelines for submitting orders for course readings and supplemental materials. The intent of the legislation is to give students the best information available about comparative pricing. I know we all share the goal of helping students stretch their textbook dollars as far as possible.

Thank you for your assistance in carrying out this responsibility.


Dr. Barbara S. Romzek
Interim Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

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