New Jersey state ethics rules permit TCNJ faculty members to retain royalties for a scholarly capacity work in connection with sales to non-TCNJ students. However, faculty may not retain royalties for a work assigned to their own classes or for other classes at TCNJ for which they have input in the assignment. If faculty do receive royalties in connection with such sales to TCNJ students, they must donate those royalties to the College or a not-for-profit institution.
This requirement in based upon New Jersey Ethics Rules. See Subchapter 6 of the Commission Rules, specifically, 19:61-6.7 (e, f, and g).
“Compensation for published work(s)
(a) Except as provided in (e) below, a State official shall not accept compensation for published work(s) created as part of his or her official duties on State time utilizing State resources, but may accept compensation for published works not created as part of his or her official duties.
(e) A State official acting in a scholarly capacity may accept compensation for published works created as part of his or her official duties on State time utilizing State resources.
(f) A State official acting in a scholarly capacity may require the use of his or her own published work in a course that he or she teaches. However, monies resulting from such use must be donated to the college or university or other nonprofit institution.
(g) A State official acting in a scholarly capacity may accept compensation for the use of his or her published work in a course that he or she does not teach, provided that he or she was not involved in the selection of the published work for use in that course.”
Faculty who do receive royalties from textbooks will need to report that on both the Outside Activity Questionnaire and the Scholarly Capacity Disclosure Form (Annual College and University Disclosure Form). For more information about these forms, scholarly capacity or ethics requirements in general, please visit the TCNJ Ethics Website or contact Ethics Liaison Officer Thomas Mahoney or Jamie Sirover (email@example.com or 609-771-2734).