Student Affairs

Student Notice on Peer-to-Peer File Sharing

The purpose of this notice is to remind students that online file sharing of copyrighted material is against the law and can result in an individual's loss of access to the campus internet connection.

The campus Office of Information Security responds to reports of abuse and can block access to the internet when a computer is reported as sharing files illegally. In order to prevent being blocked from the University network, be careful not to install or use any file sharing software like LimeWire or BitTorrent, which execute commands that can place your computer at risk.

If you obtain your music online, please do so legally by using software like iTunes, which enable you to purchase copyrighted content and download it to your computer legally.

In the event a computer has been blocked from the network, the owner must take the following steps to be reconnected:

  • Bring the computer to Oviatt Library, First Floor, Learning Commons, which is open Monday through Thursday 8:00 am–8:00 pm, Friday 8:00 am–5:00 pm, and Saturday and Sunday noon- 5:00 pm. Residents living on campus may bring their computer to the IT office in Student Housing building 6. Technicians will verify that the computer has indeed been blocked.
  • Technicians will uninstall any file sharing software on your computer.
  • Once the computer has been cleaned, it will be permitted back on the University network. Repeat violations will be turned over to the office of the Dean of Students and can result in disciplinary sanctions.

Additionally, if you allow your computer to illegally download or distribute copyrighted material, you can face civil law suits from the Recording Industry of America and/or The Motion Picture Association of America for downloading copyrighted content. In extreme cases, you can be charged with a crime and face fines and/or jail time.

Policies governing the use of copyrighted materials and the use of University's technology resources can be found at the following locations: