Time-Sensitive Request: Course Material Information for Students as Required by Federal Law

Barbara A. Bichelmeyer, Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor
Friday, October 7, 2022, 10:33 a.m.
KU Lawrence Faculty, KU Lawrence Unclassified Professional Staff, KU Graduate Teaching Assistants


The Higher Education Opportunity Act 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 following are submission dates for textbook information:

            Spring Semester: October 24

            Summer Semester: April 1

            Fall Semester: May 1

Please know KU Bookstore will always accept adoptions after the deadline; however, in such situations, KU Bookstore staff cannot guarantee the materials will be available in the first week of classes.

You are required to provide course material adoption information to the KU Bookstore, even if you do not intend to order course materials through KU Bookstore, or when the materials are free and openly available, so that the information about required textbooks and supplemental materials will appear in the official online requirement listings on KU Bookstore’s website. The website also has a direct link from Enroll & Pay, as required by this law. It is imperative for the KU Bookstore to have this information, as it facilitates the procurement process for sponsored and scholarship-recipient students and allows students to charge their required course materials to their student account.

The KU Bookstore offers three ways for you to submit your course materials needs:

  1. Use the customized course link included in the automated reminder emails from KU Bookstore (which are sent from reply@verbasoftware.com),
  2. Complete the online requisition form, or
  3. Email requests to textbook@ku.edu.

Along with required materials, please also submit optional or recommended texts that you will list on your syllabus. Please also list any additional supplies you will require the student to purchase for each class, including clickers, goggles, lab coats, or supplies and reference packs. If you are not using such materials for your class, you must still submit the form, indicating there are no required readings or supplies for the course.

Before submitting your request, please:

  1. Consider using low-cost or no-cost materials.
  • Review Open Educational Resources (OER) options: There may be freely accessible and open licensed content available that fits within your instructional framework. The Open Textbook Library is a good place to start, and KU Libraries offers grants to support the adoption of these and other OER.
  • Consider library-licensed resources: E-books, articles, and streaming video may be accessible via KU Libraries. KU Libraries may be able to place print items and DVDs on reserve to provide access to students.
  • Instructors wishing to receive no-cost and low-cost designations per Marking Affordable Courses guidelines should provide their adoption information at their earliest convenience to ensure appropriate designation at classes.ku.edu.
  1. If choosing commercially sourced texts and materials, please:
  • Check the edition: If a new edition has become available, ask yourself if content updates are significant enough to necessitate an update to your request. If used copies or digital access become limited or unavailable for an older edition, the KU Bookstore will contact you to go over the new edition and options.
  • Check the price: Either through independent research, by inquiring with KU Bookstore staff, or from publisher representatives involved in the process. It is worth noting that publisher representatives often report the “net” price to faculty, which references the new book cost to the KU Bookstore, which is different from the retail price. Additionally, textbook costs can be lowered through negotiations with publisher representatives. Please keep the KU Bookstore apprised of negotiated prices so students using financial aid to purchase course materials are not left at a disadvantage.
  • Coordinate with publisher representatives if using courseware: If your course will use courseware or a homework platform, please ensure that the course is set up with the publisher and any necessary learning management system integration is prepared before submitting. The KU Bookstore can help you find the right publisher representative if you don’t know who you should contact.

Additionally, instructors who are taking over a course after the initial assignments should contact the KU Bookstore to (1) confirm if course materials had been submitted by the previously assigned instructor, and (2) inform the KU Bookstore of revisions (if any) that need to be made to the course materials list.

If you have any questions, please reach out to the following individuals:

  • Textbook Department/Buyers, Course Materials Requisition, KU Bookstore textbook@ku.edu
  • James Rourke, Assistant Director, KU Bookstore jrourke1@ku.edu
  • Rachel Barnes, Print Production Manager, Jayhawk Ink rbarn04@ku.edu
  • Josh Bolick, Head, David Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright jbolick@ku.edu



Barbara A. Bichelmeyer
Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor