Using the informational technology resources of the University is a privilege and is provided to students, faculty and staff to enhance teaching and learning and for class assignments, academic research, professional/personal advancement, and administrative and instructional support.
Informational technology resources include, but are not limited to, user accounts, email accounts, printing and network and Internet access.
All data on the campus network, computers and servers belong to Iowa Wesleyan University. To maintain the integrity of this data, network traffic will be monitored regularly. Any attempt to compromise the integrity of the data or any unacceptable use of technological resources could result in revocation of the user’s accounts and/or disciplinary and legal action. In the event of a criminal investigation, the institution will comply fully with legal authorities.
Users will be held accountable for their activities and should not engage in unacceptable user practices which include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Sharing log in ID and/or password
- Accessing computer files not belonging to them
- Viewing pornographic or offensive content
- Sending harassing messages
- Copying or transferring computer software which constitutes software piracy
- Propagating a computer virus
- Installing software that could compromise existing systems
- Violating copyright laws
- Installing any networking devices
- Tampering with any network equipment
- Using resources for commercial or financial gain
- Using resources for any illegal purpose
PEER TO PEER FILE SHARING
The University expects students to be aware of current laws and applicable University policies with respect to computer, network, and Internet activities. It should be especially noted that it is illegal to use the University network to use file sharing programs to share copyrighted material. Industry organizations (e.g. Recording Industry Association of America: RIAA) have filed copyright infringement lawsuits against individual University students who have used file sharing programs to share copyrighted material. Lawsuits are expected to continue.
To avoid the risk of potential lawsuits due to copyright infringement, the University is advising student to not engage in peer-to-peer file sharing. Violation of copyright law can have serious consequences in the areas of:
Civil Liability: Persons found to have infringed may be held liable for substantial damages and attorney’s fees. The law entitles a plaintiff to seek statutory damages of $150,000 for each act of willful infringement. In the cases filed by the RIAA against students at Princeton, RPI, and Michigan Tech, the recording industry sued for damages of $150,000 for each recording infringed.
Criminal Liability: Copyright infringement also carries criminal penalties under the federal “No Electronic Theft Act.” Depending on the number and value of the products exchanged, penalties for a first offense may be as high as three years in prison and a fine of $250,000.
The University supports a climate of trust and respect and does not ordinarily read, monitor, or screen electronic mail, Internet access, or the computer activities of individuals. The University does however take the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material seriously and will periodically monitor the bandwidth to determine if there are violations. If it is determined that you have engaged in infringing activity and have violated copyright law by engaging in unauthorized file sharing, you may be subject to discipline under the Computer Use Policy, and other applicable University policies. Violations of copyright law may also subject you to civil and criminal prosecution.