Policy 90

Administrative Policy 90:
File Sharing Policy
Issued: 12/05/12
Revised: 5/14/2015
Reference: Administrative Procedure 90: Network Access Restriction
Institution Approval:
Chancellor's Cabinet 5/6/13
Deborah L. Ford

Campus Technology Services
Student Life Technology
Dean of Students Office

Maintained By:
Chief Information Officer

90.01 Scope

This policy applies to all UW-Parkside students and visitors.

90.02 Background

Downloading or distributing copyrighted material, including through peer-to-peer file sharing, without the permission of the copyright owner is against the law. Additionally the 2008 Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) has the following statements regarding copyright infringement:

(i) an annual disclosure that explicitly informs students that unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject the students to civil and criminal liabilities;

(ii) a summary of the penalties for violation of Federal copyright laws; and

(iii) a description of the institution's policies with respect to unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, including disciplinary actions that are taken against students who engage in unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials using the institution's information technology system;

When registering a new device on the network users are informed of the University's applicable policies including UW-Parkside Acceptable Use of IT Resources Policy 58, Copyright Policy 76, and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998.

UW-Parkside Campus Technology Services and designees will assist users if their computers/devices are compromised through a virus, hacking, or if a user wants assistance removing peer-to-peer software.

90.03 Copyright Violations

When valid notifications of copyright violations are received from recognized groups, including but not limited to the Recording Industry Association of America's (RIAA), the registered user will be notified and access to the network will be restricted as outlined in the related procedure.

In addition, the network user may be referred to the Dean of Students' Office for possible additional disciplinary action as permitted under UWS Chapter 17, Student Non-Academic Disciplinary Procedures.

90.04 Network Abuse

If a student's or visitor's device appears to be connecting to multiple other devices or exhibiting other properties that violate our network usage policy, its access to the UW-Parkside network will be restricted. When network access is restricted, the registered user of that network device will be notified that the device could potentially be compromised, and will be offered contact information to assist in cleaning/repairing the software on that device. Once the problem has been rectified, the device will be allowed back on the network.

90.05 Legal Alternatives

A list of legal alternatives for downloading online content is available through http://www.educause.edu/legalcontent.

90.06 Policy Review

The Chief Information Officer (CIO) will coordinate an annual review of the policy. Members of the campus community can forward to the CIO suggested changes for review by February 1. Recommendations for changes will be provided by the CIO to the Chancellor's Cabinet for approval no later than March 1st.

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