Important COVID-19 Information

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Copyright Law and Fair Use
Copyright Law and Fair Use

Students, Faculty and staff have an obligation to practice high copyright standards and comply with policies and laws.   

Digital Millennium Copyright Act

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) passed by Congress in 1998, makes it illegal to copy or share intellectual property--music, videos, games, software and other materials--without permissions.  Doane University adheres to the regulations and guidelines outline by the DMCA. 

Fair Use

Fair Use comprises Section 107 of the Copyright Act and was set up in recognition that free exchange of information is beneficial. Four standards are applied: the purpose and character of the use; the nature of the copyrighted work; the amount and substantiality of the portion used; and the effect of the use on the publisher's potential market.  

However, the vast majority of online music and video sharing is done in ways that do not constitute fair use. The good news is that there are legal sources.

Legal online sources for copyrighted materials  

There are many legal sources for copyrighted material such as music and movies; some are even free.

Fair Use Checklist  

The Motion Picture Association of America

EDUCAUSE - Legal Downloading Resource

Perkins Library 

Doane Faculty Copyright Resources

To learn more about federal copyright laws, you can visit the United States Copyright Office at the Library of Congress. 


COVID-19 Teaching Guide
  • Identify plans early: Consider addressing emergencies and expectations up front in your syllabus, so students know what will happen if classes are canceled, including procedures you will implement. Consider doing this each semester, so you are ready in case of an emergency.

  • Get details about the closure or event: Campus closures or emergencies will be reported here, so those are good places to look for information, including estimates of how long you may need to teach your course online. You can check the main Doane webpage or contact Tiger Tech for information about the current availability of IT services.

  • Check with your department: Your department may issue more details about the situation and guidelines about their expectations for classes. Administrators may want to have many of the department's classes handled in similar ways, so check with departmental leaders before doing too much planning.

  • Communicate with your students right away: Even if you don't have a plan in place yet, communicate with students as soon as possible. Informing them that changes are coming and what your expectations are for checking email or Blackboard so that you can get them more details soon.

  • Consider realistic goals for continuing instruction: What do you think you can realistically accomplish during this time period? Do you think you can maintain your original syllabus and schedule? Do you hope students will keep up with the reading with some assignments to add structure and accountability? Do you just want to keep them engaged with the course content somehow?

  • Review your course schedule to determine priorities: Identify your preferences during the disruption, providing lectures, structuring new opportunities for discussion or group work, collecting assignments, etc. What activities are better rescheduled, and what can or must be done online? Give yourself a little flexibility in that schedule, just in case the situation takes longer to resolve than you think.

  • Review your syllabus for points that must change: What will have to temporarily change in your syllabus (policies, due dates, assignments, etc.)? Since students will also be thrown off by the changes, they will appreciate details whenever you can provide them.

  • Pick tools and approaches familiar to you and your students: Try to rely on tools and workflows that are familiar to you and your students, and roll out new tools only when absolutely necessary. If a local crisis causes closure, it may be already taxing everyone's mental and emotional energy; introducing a lot of new tools and approaches may leave even less energy and attention for learning.

  • Identify your new expectations for students: You will have to reconsider some of your expectations for students, including participation, communication, and deadlines. As you think through those changes, keep in mind the impact this situation may have on students' the ability to meet those expectations, including illness, lacking power or internet connections or needing to care for family members. Be ready to handle requests for extensions or accommodations equitably.

  • Create a more detailed communications plan: Once you have more details about changes in the class, communicate them to students, along with more information about how they can contact you (email, online office hours, etc.). A useful communication plan also lets students know how soon they can expect a reply. They will have many questions, so try to figure out how you want to manage that.

CPIM APICS Supply Chain Management Certificate

CPIM APICS Supply Chain Management Certificate will transfer in 9 credits to fulfill the Supply Chain Management Emphasis Area for the MBA or MAM program. 

  • BUS 665 Supply Chain Management (3)

  • BUS 667 Operational Analysis (3) 

  • BUS 668 Supply Chain Management Strategies (3) 

CPSM Supply Chain Management Certificate

CPSM Supply Chain Management certificate will transfer in 9 credits to fulfill the Supply Chain Management Emphasis area for the MBA or MAM program.

  • BUS 665 Supply Chain Management (3)

  • BUS 667 Operational Analysis (3)

  • BUS 668 Supply Chain Management Strategies (3)

CSCP APICS Supply Chain Management Certificate

CPIM APICS Supply Chain Management certificate will transfer in 9 credits to fulfill the Supply Chain Management Emphasis area for the MBA or MAM program.

  • BUS 665 Supply Chain Management (3)

  • BUS 667 Operational Analysis (3)

  • BUS 668 Supply Chain Management Strategies (3)

Deliver Lectures

Depending on your course, you may need to deliver some lectures to keep the course moving along. Be aware, though, that a 45-minute live lecture sprinkled with questions and activities can become grueling when delivered online without intellectual breaks.

Here are a few suggestions to improve online lectures:

  • Record in small chunks: Even the best online speakers keep it brief; think of the brevity of TED talks. We learn better with breaks to process and apply new information. To aid student learning, record any lectures in shorter (5-10 minute) chunks, and intersperse them with small activities that give students opportunities to process the new knowledge, make connections to other concepts, apply an idea, or make some notes in response to prompts. Smaller chunks also lead to smaller files, especially when using voiced-over PowerPoint presentations.

  • Be flexible with live video: Lecturing live with Zoom is certainly possible, and it best approximates a classroom setting, since students can ask questions. However, a crisis might mean some students won't have access to fast internet connections, and others may have their schedules disrupted. So, record any live classroom session, and be flexible about how students can attend and participate.

  • It's not just about content: If a crisis is disrupting classes, lectures can mean more than just providing course content; they also establish a sense of normalcy and a personal connection. In online courses, we talk about the importance of "instructor presence", and that's just as true during short-term online stints. So, consider ways that you can use lectures to make students feel connected and cared about: acknowledgment of current challenges, praise for good work, and reminders about the class being a community. This effective work can help their learning during a difficult time.

Distribute Course Materials and Readings

You will likely need to provide additional course materials to support your changing plans, from updated schedules to readings that allow you to shift more instruction online. In a pinch, providing some new readings and related assignments may be your best bet for keeping the intellectual momentum of the course moving.

Considerations when posting new course materials:

  • Make sure students know when new material is posted: If you post new materials on Blackboard, be sure to let students know what you posted and where. You might even ask that they change their Blackboard notification preferences to alert them when new materials are posted.

  • Keep things phone friendly: In a crisis, many students may only have a phone available, so make sure you are using mobile-friendly formats, PDFs being the most common. Consider saving other files (for example, PowerPoint presentations) to PDFs, which are easier to read on phones and tablets, and keep the file size small. It is fairly easy to reduce the size of PDF files using Adobe Acrobat, and there are online tools that do the same thing (for example, search Google for "PDF file size"). Videos take lots of bandwidth, so only require them if you are confident students will have access to them during a crisis.

Do I have to apply every year?

Scholarships are generally renewable provided you meet maintenance requirements. However, for federal and need-based aid, you must apply every year as family circumstances and federal regulations change. You will need to complete a FAFSA and a Doane College Financial Aid Application each year to be considered for federal financial aid. You may also need to complete additional papers to receive your financial aid. Our Title IV code is 002544. Remember that the FAFSA form is on the web at:

Do I have to give through payroll deduction?

No, you can give a one-time cash, check or credit card gift or a reoccurring credit card donation.  Click here for more information. 

Do I need a meal plan?

Students living on campus are required to have a meal plan. There are currently four meal plan options for students. These meal plans apply to the dining hall for meals and the Doane Dollars can be used in the OBC Grill and Coffee Shop at Lakeside Coffee.
The Platinum Plan: Unlimited access to resident dining during hours of operations, plus, $50 in Doane Dollars.
The Gold Plan: 14 Meals per week in the resident dining hall, plus $500 in Doane Dollars.
The Silver Plan: 10 Meals per week in the resident dining hall, plus $750 in Doane Dollars.
The Bronze Plan: 7 Meals per week in the resident dining hall, plus $1000 in Doane Dollars.

For more information, visit the Doane My Meal Plan webpage

Do I need to clean my recycled material?

Yes.  Keep in mind that we are processing recyclables and not food.  Food containers do not need to be spotless but the less food on the material the better.

Do international students need to file taxes?

An international student may need to file taxes for a number of reasons. These reasons may include taxable income earned in the U.A., grants and fellowships that are taxable, and any other income that is taxable under the Internal Revenue Code. For information on how to file taxes, who is required to file, and required forms, visit the IRS website for foreign students and scholars.

Do students need a sponsor?

Students may attend without a sponsor. A teacher or other sponsor is welcome to attend and may be interested in our teacher workshop.

Do we have to pay our family's share of the cost all at once?

There are ways to make your investment in a Doane College education affordable. Find out more about payment options in the business office.

Dress Code & Uniforms

Dress Code

Our employees represent the face of the university to our students, alumni, and the community. Our dress attire should reflect a professional operated academic enterprise. Employees should dress in a clean, neat, and modest fashion. The exact parameters of this policy will vary by department and upon the function of the position you are in. Please visit with your supervisor about the dress appropriate for your department and position. 


The University pays annually the cost of uniforms for employees of the Facilities operations Department, up to an amount determined by the Vice President for Finance. Uniforms are not a condition of employment, but an appropriate symbol of professionalism and identification. Facilities Operations employees are expected to wear their uniforms when working and keep the uniforms clean and in good condition. Uniforms will be distributed on your first day of employment. For your first day, dress appropriate for your department and position.

Due in July

Due before July 15th

Authorized Users

By adding authorized users you are allowing access to your billing and payment information. Usually students add their parents/guardians, or other individuals who help them financially. To add authorized users to your student account, follow the directions at

Emergency Alerts

All students are automatically signed up for our emergency alert system each semester. Please contact the Registrar at to ensure that your current contact information (e.g., cell phone) is up to date in order to receive alerts.

Doane University's Safety Office also utilizes the Crisis Manager app (available in the App Store and Google Play Store) as a resource for everyone in the Doane community to have vital safety information at their fingertips at all times.  Your Doane email address has already been added to the appropriate safety plan. If you open the app, it will automatically download that plan for you.

For parents: if you would like to have the Parent Safety Guide, please email We can then add you to that plan and once that is completed, it will automatically download when you open the app.

Payment Plan Agreement

If you have not already submitted your Payment Plan Agreement Form to the Student Accounts Office, please do so before July 15th. You can contact the Student Accounts Office at 402.826.8250 or by emailing

CAPE Training

The link will be shared through your Doane email account by July 15. This training is a requirement of the Campus Advocacy, Prevention, and Education (CAPE) Project. Students who fail to complete this will have a hold placed on their account and will be unable to register for Spring Term. Students who have questions or concerns about completing a training with sensitive information regarding sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking are encouraged to reach out to or the CAPE Project Director at for accommodations.

Due in June

Due before June 1st

Doane Email

In order to receive all future communications, you will need to activate your Doane Email Account. Refer to the instructions sent to your personal email from the Admissions Office. If you need technical assistance contact Tiger Tech at

Review LAR Descriptions

Doane University's Liberal Arts Seminars address essential learning outcomes for incoming students. Within each Liberal Arts Seminar students will experience a unique topic of interest, chosen by the faculty member that leads their course section.

Due before June 30th

Financial Aid Paperwork

If you are a Federal Student Loan Borrower, you must complete:

Student must also fill out the Outside Assistance Form, this form documents any funds you are receiving from local scholarships or other sources. Students may contact the Financial Aid Office at 402.826.8260 or via email at

Student Health Forms

Using your Doane email and password, register at and complete all of your required health forms.

High School Transcripts

Submit your final high school transcripts by email to the Admissions Office at

Language Placement Test

Since many of you will be registering for your first classes at Doane soon, the Department of Modern Languages wants to reach out to you. If you are interested in taking German or Spanish at Doane and you have had experience with that language in the past, we invite you to take this online placement test. This will help with the decision of which language class would be best to start with. To take the test, go to the appropriate link below, create an account (no student ID number is needed) and complete the test. Once you are done, we will see your results immediately. You can also contact the person given at the end of the test. The test should take about 15 minutes.

If you have any questions, please contact Josh Pope.

Spanish Placement Test

German Placement Test

Earning Doane Credit

Studying abroad will satisfy the Experiential Learning component of the Core Curriculum, a requirement of your degree from Doane. If you believe that any of the classes you are taking while abroad will satisfy other class requirements related to your major or minor, contact both your academic advisor and the Registrar before your trip.

Grades for non-language majors post as pass/fail on your transcript. This scale gives you the best opportunity to learn while also exploring a new country. However, this would mean any D you receive abroad, would be posted as an F.

If you have over 60-hours in credit hours, surpassing sophomore standing, you may be eligible to receive a $1,000 travel scholarship provided by Doane University.

If you are a language major: 

If you are in the Honors Program:

If your classes change while you are studying abroad, the Registrar must be notified via email at