Restrictions on Use of Textbooks and Other Materials

Handbook of Operating Procedures 2-9996-PM

Restrictions on Use of Textbooks and Other Materials


The University of Texas at Austin

January 23, 1974

Updated: March 2, 2017



The Regents' Rules and Regulations, Rule 31004, Sec. 6, states the University policy regarding textbooks and other materials prescribed for use of students. 


Although individual instructors or departments should have wide discretion in their choice of textbooks and other course materials, frequent changes should be discouraged. Thus, if it is necessary to make changes within the first year of adoption, a letter setting forth the reasons must be submitted through the dean for approval by the provost.


Before a faculty-authored textbook or other course material may be prescribed or sold for the use of students at the University, the request must be approved by the dean and submitted to the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost for final approval. The form for such a request may be downloaded here. Authorization is effective only to the end of the fiscal year for which approval is given.


Previously PM 3.210