Establishing an Open Access Policy (OAP) in an academic institution is unlike establishing other policies the institution might have developed. An OAP in an academic institution would require the active participation of all stakeholders; researcher/faculty, library, management (Administration) and even students. OAP development in Covenant University spanned a total of 13 months; covering, draft policy development, legal review of policy, review of OAP by the university community, revision of policy document following institutional review, adoption of OAP by university community, ratification of OAP by University Senate. The OAP development period also saw a deliberate effort by the university through its Open Access (OA) office to sensitize its community on the drive for OA, as well as educates strategic units and departments of the university on OA issues to bring such key units and department abreast on OA and ensure proper execution on the OAP. Covenant University now operates an OAP for the development and use of open educational resources, alongside Institutional Repository (IR) guidelines. The OAP covers publications and access to research information, pedagogy materials and tools as well as access to non-research or pedagogical materials in the university and by the university workers, researchers and faculty.
Financed by the National Centre for Research and Development under grant No. SP/I/1/77065/10 by the strategic scientific research and experimental development program:
SYNAT - “Interdisciplinary System for Interactive Scientific and Scientific-Technical Information”.