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STARTING FALL 2020

Faculty FAQ

View the Student FAQ on the main Equitable Access information page.



Will Equitable Access affect textbook selection or academic freedom?

No. Faculty retains full academic freedom under Equitable Access. Whether you are assigning paid publisher content or free resources, all of your textbooks remain available for adoption.

How do I adopt content?

There is no change to the current process. You will adopt content through the Collect Adoption tool. If you do not already have access to Collect you can request a login by emailing the UC Davis Stores Textbook team at [email protected].

I use content from resources other than a textbook publisher, such as Reprographics, third party software, a library resource, OER, etc. Can I continue to do so?

Yes. You are free to continue to use the same content as previous terms.


For Reprographics content, there is no change to the current process. You will adopt your content through Reprographics, they will contact UC Davis Stores Textbook team, and the Campus Store will display these items in the Bookshelf reader, if digital, or made available at the Campus Store for pickup by students.


For third party software, use the “Comments Field” on the Collect Adoption tool to provide the student link for display in the Bookshelf e-reader that will be seen by the students.


For a library resource, use the “Comments Field” on the Collect Adoption tool to list the material being used. If you have the library link, please provide that in the same “Comments Field.” If you do not have the link, please specify that in the comments and the UC Davis Stores Textbook team will work with the Library to acquire it.


For OER content, use the “Comments Field” on the Collect Adoption tool to provide the free link to the OER content, which will be displayed in the Bookshelf e-reader that will be seen by the students.

How do I get a desk copy?

This process remains unchanged. You will reach out to your publisher representative to request a desk copy. When you speak to your publisher representative, ask them about the Vital Source Faculty Sampling Service.

If I cancel my adoption, will my students still get charged?

Equitable Access is a flat-rate, term-level program that covers all required textbooks for every undergraduate student. The fee is not based on individual classes. Therefore, if you decide to cancel an adoption for your class there is no additional cost or reduction to the student.

Can my students opt out? How do they do so?

Yes, students can choose to opt out each quarter. Please view the Student FAQ on the main Equitable Access page for complete details on the opt-out process.

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