When a college professor wants to rent out your DNA book, what’s the catch?
A professor who wants to use her DNA textbook for her class has to register the books with the College Board and get a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education, the Department of Health and Human Services and the University of California, according to a recent report by The Washington Post.
The College Board, which oversees textbooks, told The Post that it does not regulate the purchase of the textbooks and that it has “zero control” over whether textbooks are used in a classroom.
The report said the Department and Health and Social Services have a responsibility to “ensure that students and families can safely access their textbooks and provide them in a manner that complies with federal and state education laws.”
The College of William and Mary, where the professor is teaching, said in a statement that the university “is committed to ensuring that the health and safety of all students, faculty and staff is protected.”
The Health and Safety Office at the College of the Holy Cross, which handles licensing and compliance for textbooks, said it does “not regulate the use of textbooks by the College.”
The department of health and human services declined to comment on the matter.
The federal government requires colleges and universities to obtain a waiver if they want to use a textbook in a teaching environment.
In a separate report from the same nonprofit, the Center for Public Integrity found that of the 50 states that use federally funded textbooks, 26 of them require universities to get the waiver.
In most cases, those states require that colleges and other institutions use the textbooks in a way that is “free of bias or discriminatory practices,” the report said.
But it also found that there are exceptions for specific situations, such as when a professor wants a book to be used for a specific purpose, or when a particular textbook is used in class.
In addition to getting the waiver, the federal government has set aside $1.2 billion to cover the costs of the books, and $1 billion in grants have been awarded for educational and public-policy programs to help schools comply with the requirements.
In the report, the group found that universities, colleges and schools are generally unaware of the rules.
The waivers, according of the group, are “not a mandatory requirement for any textbook purchase, but they do help prevent textbook sales from being a discriminatory or biased practice.”
The group also said that schools can waive textbook purchases if they do not comply with certain policies, including the one requiring schools to disclose where students and teachers go to learn, or to create a written list of faculty and students to notify them when a textbook is being used.
The group wrote that “there is evidence that some schools are using this waiver to avoid disclosure requirements.”
The report also said a number of states have required that teachers and students use textbooks that have been reviewed by the Education Department and the Center of Public Integrity, but that states do not generally require that all textbooks be reviewed.
The groups report also found a number more states require the use, but not necessarily the full use, of books that are available for purchase.
The list of states and cities that do not require textbook use is as follows:California: San Diego, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Ventura County, San Jose, Santa Cruz, Ventura Counties, Tulare County, Tulia, Fresno, San Joaquin, Fresno County, El Dorado, Riverside CountiesNevada: Las Vegas, Reno, Reno-Sparks, Sparks, Las Vegas Metropolitan, Las Cruces, Las Cuevas, Las Brisas, Las Huars, Las Islas, Elko, Las Positas, Reno Metro, Sparks Metropolitan, Sparks Metro Metropolitan, Reno Metropolitan Metropolitan, Coachella Valley, Coos Bay, Cooampton, Cooshagamie, Coosa, Coopers Ferry, New Bern, New Castle, North Dakota, Fargo, St. Cloud, Stearns, Stokes, Stoney Creek, Fargo Metropolitan, Fargo Metro, Fargo Central, Fargo South, Fond du Lac, Lakeland, Lakeville, Lakewood, Lakeview, Ocala, Oglala, Odessa, Ogden, Olathe, Odenton, Topeka, Topman, Van Nuys, Victorville, Yuba City, Yakima, El Paso, El Monte, El Rio Grande, Yuma, Los Angles, Santa Ana, Riverside County, Sacramento, El Cajon, San Diego County, Los Gatos, Torrance, Huntington Beach, Torrey Pines, Thousand Oaks, Oxnard, Newport Beach, Thousand Islands, Long Beach, Longview, Longwood, Longworth, Rancho Cucamonga, Ranchos Palos Verdes, San Marcos, Los Alamitos, Los Lagos, Santa Fe, Santa Maria, San Clemente, San Luis Obispo, Fresno City, San Pablo, West Covina, Stockton, Tustin