Network Suspension (DMCA Notice)-Office of Community Standards & Integrity - Carnegie Mellon University

Network Suspension (DMCA Notice)

Students who have violated the Carnegie Mellon University Computing Policy by downloading copyrighted material may receive a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Notice.  Visit the helpful links to the right to learn more about DMCA notices.

If this is your first DMCA notice you will have 72 hours to meet with a representative of the Office of Community Standards & Integrity (OCSI) to avoid having your network access suspended. Depending on when you call and schedule your appointment, your access may be suspended while this matter is processed.

To schedule a meeting, call (412)268-2140, Monday-Friday between 8:30a.m.-5:00p.m. and identify yourself as needing to meet with a representative of OCSI regarding a "computing violation". 

Meetings will be scheduled as soon as possible but no earlier than the next business day.   During your meeting you will discuss the current violation with a OCSI representative. You will be given a letter at the end of the meeting documenting the conversation and likely outcomes for a second violation.

First violations will be considered administrative action and a reportable disciplinary record will not be created. Additional violations will result in official Community Standards action and the creation of a disciplinary record for the student. 

If you have received a DMCA notice from the Information Security Office the following steps are to be followed to prevent or regain network access (first violation only):

1.       Call the Office of Comunity Standards & Integrity (412)268-2140 to schedule a meeting Monday-Friday, 8:30a.m.-5:00p.m.

2.      Meet with a representative of OCSI to review your violation

3.      After the meeting a request will be made to reinstate your network access

4.      Depending the timing of the meeting you may or may not lose network access

For a second violation:

1.      Call the Office of Community Standards & Integrity (412)268-2140 to schedule a meeting Monday-Friday, 8:30a.m.-5:00p.m.

2.      All network access will be suspended for a minimum of 15 days

3.      Meet with a representative of OCSI to review your violation

4.      Complete an educational sanction related to copyright infringement

5.      After 15 days and completion of the educational sanction a request will be made to reinstate network access

6.      This will constitute a violation of Carnegie Mellon's Community Standards and a university disciplinary record will be created

For a third or higher violation:

1.       All network access will be suspended and you will meet with a representative of OCSI to discuss the case