Student Software Licensing Policies

Licensing policies for software (SW) created by students as part of their supervised projects or culminating experience (09/09/10)

  1. Consistent with SFSU Intellectual Policy, students retain the copyright of the SW they develop. They must include appropriate copyright information in their SW.
  2. Students must document their developed SW adequately, and submit an electronic copy of the source code and documentation for evaluation and grading and for the advisor to keep with other project material
  3. Student advisor may ask students to permit distribution of their SW via Open Source licensing (we recommend Apache License 2.0, Artistic, License/GPLv2, GNU General Public License 2.0, GNU Lesser Public ,License, MIT License, Mozilla Public License 1.1, New BSD License), and may ask student to permit that their software be uploaded to one of the Open Source hosting platforms (SourceForge, Google Code, etc). This agreement should be made in writing prior to the start of the project.
  4. In case student work is funded, the SW must adhere to SW licensing requested by the funding agency.
  5. Any issues that cannot be addressed by this policy should be resolved on a case-by-case basis.