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Illegal Downloading and Internet Security

Distribution of Copyrighted Material via University Network

Peer-to-Peer (P2P) File Sharing and The Code of Student Conduct

Downloading or distributing copyrighted material, such as music, videos, movies, games, or photographs, across the University computer network system via e-mail, FTP, www, Chat, ICQ, Torrent, etc., is illegal and in violation of federal, state, and local laws, including the University Code of Conduct, THE SOURCE.

Information Technology Services (ITS) continuously monitors the University network for illegal use.  Once it is determined that illegal activity is taking place: 

  • ITS captures the evidence from the network stream.

  • ITS shuts down the network port(s) in the room where the activity is occurring.  The port(s) will remain shut down pending the outcome of a conduct hearing.

  • ITS notifies the Public Safety Investigator and turns over the evidence

  • Public Safety investigator notifies the student(s) usually within three business days.

  • The investigator interviews the student(s) and files charges with the Office of Student Conduct Administration.

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