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[SAMPLE STUDENT RESOLUTION] for Updated R2RC Statement

WHEREAS,  all students, regardless of their institution’s ability to afford publications, should benefit from access to the full scholarly record, and;

WHEREAS, Open Access improves the educational experience and democratizes access to research, and;

WHEREAS, Open Access advances research by connecting researchers with the publications they need when they need them, eliminating the burden of navigating paywalls, and also enables new techniques for computer-assisted research, paving the way for scientific advancements, and;

WHEREAS, the cost of educational resources, particularly textbooks, often affects students’ ability to obtain the materials they need for their courses,  and contributes significantly to the rising cost of education, and;

WHEREAS, In many parts of the world, textbooks have become prohibitively expensive, even for introductory courses where the subject material is well-established, and;

WHEREAS, Open Education removes the cost barrier to accessing educational resources, and allows educational resources to be  freely translated, updated, and customized to support innovative pedagogical techniques; and

WHEREAS,  Open Research Data enhances researchers’ ability to replicate and verify findings, addressing the crisis of reproducibility in research and facilitates, data mining, reuse,  collaboration and additional analysis of results, and;

WHEREAS, a coalition of student governments and student organizations across the world have developed the Student Statement on the Right to Research to explain student interests in the scholarly communications system and to rally student support for Open Access, Open Education and, Open Research Data. Therefore, BE IT

RESOLVED THAT, (Name of Organization) at (Name of University) endorses the Student Statement on the Right to Research, Open Access, Open Education, and Open Research Data, and;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT, (Name of Organization)  at (Name of University)  endorses Open Access, Open Education, and Open Research Data as necessary advancements for harnessing the Internet and digital technologies to maximize the benefit of research and education, and;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT, (Name of Organization)  at (Name of University) calls upon (Name of University) and all universities, governments, funders, students, researchers, and educators to make Open Access, Open Education, and Open Research Data the preferred systems for scholarly communication and learning materials, and;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that  (Name of Organization) will undertake activities at (Name of University) to educate students about Open Access, Open Education, and Open Research Data and to advocate for policies that make these the prefered systems for scholarly communication and learning materials.

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