H.R. 4137, the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) contains provisions that require higher educational institutions to take steps to reduce illegal uploading and downloading of copyrighted works through peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing on campus networks. These provisions require:
Every Howard Community College employee and student is responsible for complying with section 668.14 of the HEOA, the provision prohibiting illegal peer-to-peer file sharing. Downloading or sharing copyrighted music, videos, or games without permission from the copyright owner can result in:
Howard Community College uses a variety of methods to inform the college community about copyright law, illegal P2P file sharing, and other illegal activity. We require that all users of campus technology resources agree to abide by:
By logging in to college technology resources, campus computer users are agreeing to follow these policies and standards. Students suspected of violating such policies are subject to the disciplinary process set forth in the Student Code of Conduct; if found to be in violation, students are subject to disciplinary action up to and including suspension and expulsion.
The college educates the college community on copyright law and consequences, illegal P2P file sharing, and other violations of policies and proper use of information technology by:
The college will periodically review this plan for effectiveness by monitoring the number of Student Code of Conduct violations reported. If we determine that illegal file sharing activity takes place on campus, even with the plan fully implemented, more aggressive technologies and actions to detect and deter will be considered.
Students may seek out legitimate and legal sources of digital content, such as the suggested sites listed by Educause.
Due to limitations on college bandwidth resources, some of the suggested legal sites may not be available from campus computers.