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POL 4.100 Peer-to-Peer File Sharing

Kirtland Community College will adhere to the requirements of the Federal Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA).

Title IV of the Higher Education Opportunity Act as reauthorized requires that colleges and universities, as a condition of participation in federal financial aid programs, certify they have plans in place to “effectively combat the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material, including through the use of technology based deterrents… and, to the extent practicable, offer alternatives to illegal downloading” (Section 485(a)(1)(P) & Section 487(a)(29).

The Act further stipulates that institutions shall:

Publish an annual disclosure that “explicitly informs” students that unlawful distribution of copyrighted material, including peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject them to civil or criminal penalties;

Provide students a summary of the penalties for violating federal copyright laws, and;

Make available to students the institution’s policies related to unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, including a description of the disciplinary actions to be taken against students who engage in unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material using the institution’s computer system and network.

Adopted April 18, 2013