The practice at VSU has been to allow for the use of faculty-authored texts (Educational Policies Committee, Faculty Senate Minutes, April 15, 2004), provided that the department/program provides an appropriate third-party review process for the adoption of these texts (BOR Policy Manual 310).
Textbooks Authored by Faculty:
Either as individuals or as members of departmental committees, faculty members select textbooks that they think will best enhance the teaching and learning process for the courses that they teach. Sometimes existing textbooks on the market do not meet the teaching and learning needs for a course. Existing textbooks may not be coherent, may not include desired perspectives, or may be antiquated. In order to provide students with the best learning resources possible for a course, faculty members may choose to write their own textbook for the course. Writing textbooks is an important part of faculty scholarly activity. (Educational Policies Committee, Faculty Senate Minutes, April 15, 2004)
Board of Regents Policy Manual
310 ACADEMIC TEXTBOOKS
Require a third-party review process at the institution for determining if faculty may use self-authored texts in their classroom, and disallow faculty to resell sample texts provided by publishers or to take advantage of any financial incentives offered by publishers in the assignment of specific texts. (BR Minutes, May 2005). http://www.usg.edu/regents/policymanual/300.phtml