TEXTBOOK AND COURSE MATERIAL POLICY

Columbia Southern University (CSU) provides course material for all courses.  The course material may vary from course to course and could be in the form of printed textbooks, electronic textbooks (eTextbooks), or Integrated Learning Resources (ILR). CSU will determine the most effective material to ensure a positive learning experience for  students.

Printed Textbooks

Book Grant

The Book Grant provides printed textbooks to students at no cost contingent upon the student successfully completing the course. Successful course completion is defined as earning a passing grade in the course.

If a student drops, withdraws from, is institutionally withdrawn from, or fails a course, the student will be responsible for the cost of the textbook unless one of the following occurs:

  1. the student returns the textbook postmarked within 30 days to have the charge reversed
  2. the student plans to retake the same course in the next consecutive term or enrollment period and submits an enrollment within 30 days. Students enrolled in the Term or Veterans Flexible Enrollment option should return the textbook if the course is not available in the next consecutive term

Students who do not successfully complete a course should enclose the Textbook Return Form with the returned textbook. Students who return textbooks without the proper paperwork to identify themselves may not receive credit for the return. Students who do not return textbooks and/or do not pay the textbook charge may not be allowed to enroll in future courses.

Textbook charges will be based on the retail textbook price listed on the CSU website or 70% of the listed retail price if the student was issued a used textbook.

Note: Textbooks may be in new or used condition

Loan-a-Book

The Loan-a-Book program provides printed textbooks for select courses at no cost contingent upon the student successfully completing the course. Printed textbooks provided in the Loan-a-Book program are required to be returned to CSU within 30 days after course completion.

If a student drops, withdraws from, is institutionally withdrawn from, or fails a course, the student will be responsible for the cost of the textbook unless one of the following occurs:

  1. the student returns the textbook postmarked within 30 days to have the charge reversed
  2. the student plans to retake the same course in the next consecutive term or enrollment period and submits an enrollment within 30 days. Students enrolled in the Term or Veterans Flexible Enrollment option should return the textbook if the course is not available in the next consecutive term

A return label will provided with the textbook and should be utilized when returning the textbook to CSU. Instructions will be emailed to students that outline additional requirements. Students who do not return textbooks and/or do not pay the textbook charge
may not be allowed to enroll in future courses.

Textbook charges will be based on the retail textbook price listed at the CSU website or 70% of the listed retail price if the student was issued a used textbook.

The Loan-a-Book program may be utilized during natural disasters or other situations where the student’s textbook is destroyed or no longer accessible. Textbooks provided during these circumstances are   required to be returned following the same procedures as the standard Loan-a-Book program. Textbooks not returned will be charged to the student’s account.

Note: Textbooks may be in new or used condition.

eTextbooks

An eTextbook is an interactive, electronic version of the course textbook that can be accessed and downloaded on the course start date. eTextbooks are provided  at no cost. Digitally stored eTextbooks may contain audio, video, and animations that enhance the student learning experience. A clickable table of contents allows students to quickly navigate to the desired page(s), highlight, and take notes directly within the eTextbook.

Students will gain access to the eTextbook in Blackboard, on the course start date. The eTextbook will remain active  for 180 days from the initial time the text is accessed. The eTextbook can be printed as much as needed, up to ten pages at a time. Students will be able to purchase a printed version of the eTextbook once the course begins from a third-party vendor link within the eTextbook. The cost of the printed eTextbook will be the responsibility of the student.

eTextbooks can be accessed by utilizing iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Mac, and PC computers and devices.

Video tutorials are available in Blackboard to assist students on how to utilize eTextbooks. The tutorials outline tips for using the eTextbook on and offline, highlighting, note taking, and all other capabilities.

Students should contact their course professors or CSU Technical Supportwith any technical issues that may arise.

Integrated Learning Resources  (ILR)

In an effort to improve and enhance learning, selected CSU courses do not require a printed or electronic textbook. ILR material contains library resources, labs, lectures, faculty-created content, and video presentations. Subsequently, courses may have extended study guides or interactive material that enhances the learning experience and enables students to learn and grow in their disciplines in a practical  way.

Students will gain access to the ILR material through Blackboard on the course start date. These resources are stored digitally and can be printed.