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U students may not need to buy professors' books

U students may not need to buy professors' books



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Students hitting the books this fall at the University of Utah are a lot less likely to have to buy their professor's work to do it.

Anyone who's ever bought a college textbook dreads the sound of the cash register. It seems like books are more expensive every year.

But this year, a new policy could keep professors from collecting any royalties from books they write then require for class.

"It's, like, financial gain for him and such. So it would make a big difference for me," one student said.

Another student told us "I could see where that would get a little, like, controversial."

And a third student said, "I guess it depends on the book, really."

The school's board of trustees and academic senate already have signed off on the change, although only after an intense debate and a close vote in the senate.

The proposal still needs the thumbs-up from the Utah State Board of Regents. The board's next meeting is scheduled for Sept. 13 and 14 at the Gateway.

E-mail: bbruce@ksl.com

Becky Bruce

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