Infringement and Illegal File Sharing Policy
Our mission in the Office of Information Technology is to provide our faculty, staff, and students with a safe and powerful computing environment. The University cannot permit our computer resources to be used for illegal purposes.
The university's network connections may not be used to violate copyright laws. The use of the University computer network to download or share copyrighted materials including, but not limited to, music, movies, software, and games is strictly prohibited for the following reasons:
The University places considerable effort into building and maintaining its computer network. These resources exist to support a wide variety of instructional, educational, and administrative activities. As a University member one must follow the official policies that govern computer and network usage.
The University exercises substantial effort to discourage illegal file sharing. Some actions include:
ZERO TOLERANCE AND SANCTIONS
If your computer is detected engaging in illegal file sharing or if an allegation of copyright infringement, your connection to the University network will be immediately terminated. Before your connection can be restored, you will be required to read and sign an agreement stating that you have removed the offending files and software from your computer, and that you will no longer engage in the illegal downloading and sharing of copyrighted material.
Repeat offenders may be permanently removed from the network and referred to the Dean of Students Office for disciplinary action including the possibility of expulsion if flagrant illegal activities are identified. If appropriate, violators may also be reported to the police or other government officials for criminal or civil prosecution.