Final Regulations Excerpt-Computing Services ISO - Carnegie Mellon University

Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (cont.)

Horizontal Rule

Appendix A – HEOA Final Regulations Excerpt

34 C.F.R. Part 668.14 –


(b) By entering into a program participation agreement, an institution agrees that—


(30) The institution—


(i) Has developed and implemented written plans to effectively combat the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material by users of the institution’s network, without unduly interfering with educational and research use of the network, that include—


(A) The use of one or more technology-based deterrents;


(B) Mechanisms for educating and informing its community about appropriate versus inappropriate use of copyrighted material, including that described in §668.43(a)(10);


(C) Procedures for handling unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material, including disciplinary procedures; and


(D) Procedures for periodically reviewing the effectiveness of the plans to combat the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials by users of the institution’s network using relevant assessment criteria. No particular technology measures are favored or required for inclusion in an institution’s plans, and each institution retains the authority to determine what its particular plans for compliance with paragraph (b)(30) of this section will be, including those that prohibit content monitoring; and


(ii) Will, in consultation with the chief technology officer or other designated officer of the institution—


(A) Periodically review the legal alternatives for downloading or otherwise acquiring copyrighted material;


(B) Make available the results of the review in paragraph (b)(30)(ii)(A) of this section to its students through a Web site or other means; and


(C) To the extent practicable, offer legal alternatives for downloading or otherwise acquiring copyrighted material, as determined by the institution

34 C.F.R. Part 668.43 –


(a) Institutional information that the institution must make readily available upon request to enrolled and prospective students under this subpart includes, but is not limited to—


(10) Institutional policies and sanctions related to copyright infringement, including—


(i) A statement that explicitly informs its students that unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject the students to civil and criminal liabilities;


(ii) A summary of the penalties for violation of Federal copyright laws; and


(iii) A description of the institution’s policies with respect to unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, including disciplinary actions that are taken against students who engage in illegal downloading or unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials using the institution’s information technology system