|Thomas J. McDonald, Assistant Vice President for Student and Campus Life|
I hope your semester is off to a good start. Periodically you will receive information from the university regarding important issues.
This email concerns information on the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials over the internet. It is being sent to every student at the university, as required by the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA).
It is imperative that students refrain from using The New School’s network to receive, reproduce, and distribute unlicensed copies of copyrighted materials including, but not limited to, computer programs, music, videos, movies, and artwork. The receipt, reproduction, or distribution of copyrighted materials is illegal under federal law.
Further, the use of the university’s network to receive, reproduce, or distribute such material exposes the institution to potential liability and contravenes the university’s Statement on the Responsibilities of Computer Users. The statement requires that users “Respect the legal protection provided to copyright owners and licensees to programs and data; do not engage in unauthorized duplication, transmission, alteration, or destruction of data, programs, or software.” Students should also familiarize themselves with the university’s
The university is committed to upholding university policies and federal laws including the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Students who violate our policies and federal laws will be subject to the disciplinary process as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct and Non-Academic Disciplinary Procedures. These students may also be subject to additional legal action that may result in civil and/or criminal penalties.
Penalties may include but are not limited to:
As an institution of higher learning, The New School affirms certain basic principles and values, including respect for law and adherence to fair rules and regulations. We expect members of our community to uphold and abide by the basic principles and standards of behavior that underlie our educational purpose.
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