OER-QMS License

Open Education Resource-Quality Master Source License

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Open Education Resource--Quality Master Source License

I.  General Provisions of the License

A. All original content derived from the creative or scholarly work of the Licensor (hereinafter, “creator”) of the Work offered under this license is protected by the Laws of Copyright, and all rights not explicitly granted within this license are reserved by the Creator.

 B. For the purposes of this License, “adopt” and “adopted” means to notify the Creator, in writing, of your decision to use the Work, the purpose for which you intend to use the Work, your name, your contact information, and your institutional affiliation.

C. This license in no way seeks to limit the Fair Use Doctrine under the copyright laws of the United States, and excerpts for critical purposes and scholarship are permitted according to law and convention.

D.  Under this license, the licensee (hereinafter, “you”), or the designated agent of the licensee on the licensee’s behalf, may do the following, provided that the Work is adopted as defined by and in accordance with this 

(1)  Copy content into a Learning Management System (LMS) that is not “crawlable” by search engines and to which the general public does not have access so long as an attribution and a hyperlink to the original content is provided on the same “page” as the 

(2)  Print verbatim copies for strictly personal use, and print copies for the personal use of a specific, named, and known individual.

(3) Print copies that are intended for the sole use as exemplars in the customary and required records of any Regionally Accredited institution of higher learning or any publicly funded institution of learning whatsoever.  

(3) Provide hyperlinks directly to the content on the Creator’s distribution platform, in whole or in part, from an LMS or any other digital system, including the World Wide Web.   

E. Under this license the following acts are strictly prohibited:

(1) Copy any content to any digital system that is available to the general public, including but not limited to the World Wide Web.  

(2) Produce, offer, or distribute the Work in any print form unless a print version has not been made available by the Creator, and you first obtain the express written permission of the Creator.

(3) Produce, offer, or distribute content in any file format other than the one made publicly available by the author of the content without the express written permission of the author, including but not limited to Portable Document Format (PDF) computer files and “eBook” files, regardless of type.  

(3) Create a derivative work based on the work offered under this License without the express written permission of the Creator.

(4) Derive monetary profit from the Work by any means whatsoever without the expressed written permission of the Creator.

F.  The Creator offers the Licensed Work as-is and as-available, and makes no representations or warranties of any kind concerning the Licensed Material, whether express, implied, statutory, or other.

Last Modified:  07/07/2018

This license developed by Adam J. McKee.  You are free to copy it, modify, and use it as you see fit.  I hereby signify that it is in the public domain on an “as-is” basis.  

37 thoughts on “OER-QMS License

    1. Thanks for letting me know! I think everything I’ve made available is self-explanatory, but if I’ve omitted any information that you need, let me know.

  1. Adopting for use in an Introduction to Criminal Justice course at National Park College in Hot Springs, AR. Great job, great resource!

  2. Hello,
    I would like to utilize several sections of your Criminal Justice OER in an online Intro to Criminal Justice course I am designing for Schoolcraft College in Michigan. We would like to add content directly within the LMS with attribution . Content will only be viewable to registered students logged into the online section of the course.

  3. I would like to use this book for an honors writing-intensive Introduction to Criminal Justice at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, NY. I would add this link directly to the LMS with attribution as well as provide the link on the course syllabus with attribution. Content will only be available to students with a username and password for the College’s LMS.

  4. Awesome job!!!!! Adopting your textbook for use in a Introduction to Criminal Justice course at Central Carolina Community College, Sanford NC.

  5. Prof McKee:
    I am adopting Section 4.1: Early History of Policing for my CJ201, Intro to CJ at Saginaw Valley State. I have posted the text on Canvas with a link to your original and an appropriate citation.
    Fine job. I appreciate your putting the materials together.
    Ken Jansen

  6. Dr. McKee,

    We are adopting your Criminal Justice: An Overview of the System for our Introduction to Criminal Justice course at West Shore Community College in Scottville, MI.

    Thank you for the resource!

  7. I am adopting this as a text for Introduction to Criminal Justice course at Trine University in Angola, Indiana and will be posted on our LMS which can only be accessed via a student password. Not sure how exactly I will incorporate this as of yet, but decided on it for Spring Semester. Much better than any of the published periodicals which are too detailed for a one semester freshman level class.

  8. I am an instructional designer at Central Carolina Community College in Sanford, NC. We would like to use your textbook in our introductory criminal justice course. We are developing courses using open educational resources for our students to help reduce the cost of higher education expenses and your textbook is an excellent resource.

  9. I got your book for my birthday before I start college in the fall. It makes everything so much easier to understand along with the phrases I’ve heard before in crime podcasts/ television shows! I just wanted to say this book is amazing and I can’t wait to learn more.

  10. Greeting Dr. McKee,

    I am a Criminal Justice Instructor. I am very interested in utilizing sections of your OER Text at my institution, Benedict College. We are a small Historically Black College in Columbia, South Carolina. The materials in your book are great resources for several courses I am teaching. I would like to add the content directly within the LMS with attribution. The content will be available only to students with username and password for the College’s LMS.
    I look forward to your response.
    Thank you in advance.

  11. Greetings, Dr. McKee,
    I’m an instructor and department chair of Criminal Justice at Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood, Colorado, right outside of Denver. I’m looking to piece together some OER materials for our Intro classes. I’d like to use your “Criminal Justice: An Overview of the System” online book. I think it is very well done, simplistic yet comprehensive.
    Here’s how I’d like to use it: I am planning to create a Microsoft Sway page(s) for my course where I’ll start the Sway with an introduction to what I am expecting to cover in this unit of study, a supplemental video (maybe a Ted Talk or other explanatory video), a link to your website/chapter for them to read, links to any other resources they might want to check out, and then a Microsoft Forms chapter quiz embedded in the Sway. I will provide appropriate attribution to you/your stuff. The link will be to the original and I will also provide a link to the original in my D2L LMS. The Sway will only be available to students of the course through their sign-in of the LMS.
    I’m excited to be able to use such a great resource. Thank you for all of the work you put into this!

  12. Dr. McKee,

    I would like to use your course as a resource in a Canvas LMS for an Introduction to Criminal Justice Course that I am teaching to students at a local high school as part of a dual enrollment program with Bucks County Community College in PA. Thanks!

    Matt Phelan
    Instructor of Criminal Justice
    Bucks County Community College

  13. Dr. McKee,
    I am a student at Eastern Gateway Community College in Ohio. We are currently using your volume Criminal Justice: An Overview of the System in a Corrections class. However, I cannot find any APA citation information for the volume. Can you indiacte where I might find it so that I properly cite what I use in my discussions and assignments?
    With respect,
    Phil C. Kantz, MBA, MPA, USMS (ret.)

  14. I would like to use your materials for an online course which will only be accessed within our LMS and with a student username and password. Thank you for putting this up here!

  15. I am a new instructor and currently teach Intro to Criminal Justice using Adam McKee’s Criminal Justice – An Overview of the System. Noticed that sections 6.2, 6.3, 6.4 and 6.5 don’t have any PowerPoints associated with them as the other chapters do. Just wondering if there has been any updates that would have those PowerPoints available? Any response would be appreciated. Thank you!

  16. I am planning to adopt portions of this for my Intro to Criminal Justice course at the University of North Alabama. Links to the original content will reside within the individual course sections within our LMS and will only be available to current students for that semester.

  17. Doc McKee, many apologies for missing this. I’ve been using your Criminal Justice: An Overview of the System for a few years now and overlooked the “in writing portion”. I’m an Adjunct, Part-time Professor with Pierce Community College with a main campus in Stelicoom, WA. I instruct primarily students who are either military personnel or their family members. I watched the text book I was using rise to well over $200. At that point I started searching for open source materials. Your publication was perfect for my class. Not only am I asking for permission to use the aforementioned, I am also interested in using your Criminal Law and Criminal Investigation publications in the future.
    Thanks for the hard work you put into these, and even more for allowing us to use them.

    Tim Reasoner

  18. Dr. McKee,
    I am teaching a community college Introduction to Criminal Justice class to 25 students at one of our local High Schools – remotely during COVID restrictions this semester. I would like permission to adopt your work, but need to change some of the format to adapt to their needs and technology limitations. Primarily pasting your sections into the LMS the students will be accessing. Materials limited to registered students.
    Hoping that you could approve this use.
    Professor Henry DiCarlo
    Massasoit Community College

  19. Thank you for this great resource! We are adopting this for our Introduction to Criminal Justice course at South Louisiana Community College

  20. Dr. McKee,

    During the fall 2021 semester, I’m scheduled to teach a dual enrollment community college Introduction to Criminal Justice class at a local high school. This class will be taught remotely via Canvas. I don’t have the number of students at this time, but I’m anticipating 20-30 students. I’m requesting permission to adopt your resources. I was told about this website recently and believe this is exactly what I need to build an open resource course. Any materials used will only be accessible to students registered in my Canvass course. I would greatly appreciate your approval.

    Professor Wardell Carter
    San Joaquin Delta Community College

      1. Sir , I would like to use your materials to teach a dual enrollment class at a local high school. Great job !!

  21. I’m an adjunct instructor at a community college. I’ve always taught my Intro to Administration of Justice courses using a textbook. I’m scheduled to teach my intro class online to high school students in the fall of 2021. The school doesn’t have the textbook I use and the students aren’t required to purchase any textbooks. Therefore, I have to build my class from available resources. With your permission, I would love to adopt your materials. Are there any power points or chapter outlines available?

  22. Dr. McKee,

    The text and learning and teaching resources are all very well done. The amount of time and effort this must have taken is much appreciated. I am so impressed with all you have to offer that I’m abandoning the OER text I had originally planned to use and I’m adopting yours for my Introduction to Criminal Justice class at SUNY Morrisville in Upstate NY. I will be using it in our LMS (Blackboard).

    Thanks for all of your hard work!

  23. Hello Prof McKee,
    I am teaching a Criminal Justice and Society course, in Toronto, Ontario. I would like to use concepts from your text to explain criminal justice to the students enrolled in the course.

  24. Dr. McKee, I am adopting your Overview of the Criminal Justice System for my Intro to Criminal Justice class. We will use it in Open LMS.
    I really hope your Juvenile Justice text is finished by next fall semester. I would like to use that one also. Thanks so much.

  25. Hello Dr. McKee,

    I’m adjunct professor at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO and wanting to use portions of your Overview of the Criminal Justice System for our Criminal Justice class. As many here have said, it’s excellent! Simple and comprehensive. Thank you.

    We are using Canvas, and any materials posted will be attributed to you, linked directly, and available only to students currently enrolled in the class.

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