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Instructional & Information Technology

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Institutional Compliance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008

Under the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, institutions of higher education are required to take steps to prevent unauthorized file sharing from taking place over their networks, and to make their policies concerning unauthorized file-sharing and disciplinary actions available to students.

What is unauthorized file-sharing?

Unauthorized file sharing is the practice of copying and/or sharing copyrighted works over peer-to-peer file sharing networks without the copyright-holder’s permission.  Examples include downloading or uploading copies of music, movies, video games or other software without acknowledging or compensating the copyright holder.

Consequences for copyright violation

Copyright violation is a federal crime and violators may be fined or imprisoned.  Violation constitutes computer abuse, and disciplinary actions for students will be governed by the Viterbo University Student Handbook. Computer abuse by employees of Viterbo University may be grounds for disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment. IIT’s role in the process will be to call attention to the situation, gather and validate pertinent information and forward the information to the appropriate Dean or Vice President.

Legal Alternatives

A list of legal alternatives to unauthorized file sharing can be found at http://www.educause.edu/legalcontent.