The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), H.R 4137, is a reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. It includes requirements for higher education institutions like SCC that are designed to reduce the illegal uploading and downloading of copyrighted works through peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing, such as might happen on a college campus. These requirements include the following:
Although technology can and will be used to help combat illegal sharing of copyrighted material at SCC, the best tool for this is regular and ongoing education of our students, faculty and staff about copyright laws and what uses of copyrighted materials are or are not prohibited. As part of our annual disclosure to this audience about the law and SCC’s response to copyright infringement claims, we will use the following methods:
An administrative officer may direct the student involved to cease and desist such conduct and advise the student that failing to cease and desist may result in immediate administrative suspension.The IT Director may also temporarily revoke the student’s access to part, or all, of SCC’s computer resources, systems and facilities, including the portal, Blackboard, Class Sites, computer labs,etc., pending the outcome of a disciplinary hearing on the charge(s).Students may also be subject to civil and criminal liabilities. A summary of the civil and criminal penalties for violation of Federal copyright laws is as follows:
We currently employ technology to prioritize network traffic and limit the amount of bandwidth available to P2P applications. Internet usage is monitored. Downloading of files is heavily monitored, logged and often blocked. The IT department reserves the right to block any web sites that are not required to meet the college’s need to conduct its educational and business needs.We constantly look for more effective, powerful systems and technologies to use to more effectively combat illegal distribution of copyrighted materials, including illegal file sharing.Respect for copyright is an important aspect of academic activity and all parts of the SCC community, including students, faculty and staff, should understand what uses of copyrighted material are legal and which are not.
Educause maintains a comprehensive list of Legal Downloading Resources. Members of the Spartanburg Community College community are encouraged to take advantage of these legitimate sources of digital content. The college does allow access to these legitimate sources but reserves the right to limit bandwidth available when necessary to support its other educational and business needs.
SCC has not received any peer to peer file sharing takedown notices. We will continue to monitor these notices to watch for unexpected increases that would require additional measures. Each spring we will also survey our students, faculty and staff to gauge our copyright education efforts and make adjustments based on their feedback.
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