Downloading and Sharing of Copyrighted Material

Downloading and sharing protected material is a violation of Gettysburg College's Network Use Policy.  Specifically, the College's network cannot be used to conduct illegal file sharing.  Typically, this includes songs, movies, games and other computer programs. The College has taken proactive steps to curb peer to peer file sharing. Peer to peer software will not work on the Gettysburg College network. Legal means of obtaining digital music such as iTunes or Amazon.com can be accessed through the network.

Should the College receive notice of a violation, The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities in conjunction with IT will take the following steps:

1st violation:  Student will receive written notification via email of the specific concern.  This notification will include specific instructions and steps that the student must take to resolve the issue including removal of the material, removal of ALL protected material and to avoid downloading protected material again.

2nd violation:  Student will receive written notification via email of the specific concern. The student's personal computer will be restricted from using the College's network to access the internet for a period of 30 days.  The student will still have access to email, Angel, CNAV, library, etc., and can access the internet using College computer labs and the library.

Subsequent violations will result in more significant sanctions under the Network Use Policy and the Student Code of Conduct.

If you have questions about whether or not you have protected material on your computer or you would like assistance in removing it please contact the help desk at x7000.  If you have questions about the policy or the consequences for violating it, please contact College Life at x6900.

This statement complies with the requirements of the Higher Education Act.

 

Revised October 30, 2009