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UWEC File Sharing Policy

UW-Eau Claire takes copyright issues seriously. We provide education and information to our users through direct e-mails, posters, information on web sites, training during Orientation, and information in the student and parent Orientation binders. We also offer free support for our students if their computers are compromised through a virus, exploit, or if a user wants assistance removing peer-2-peer software.

Network Abuse
We will disable computer network access if a computer appears to be connecting to multiple other computers or exhibiting other properties that violate our network usage policy. When network access is disabled, the registered owner of that computer will be notified that the computer could potentially be compromised, and will be offered contact information to assist in cleaning/repairing the software on that computer. Once the problem has been rectified, the computer will be allowed back on the network.

Copyright Violations

When notifications of copyright violations are received from recognized groups, such as the Recording Industry Association of America’s (RIAA), the registered owner of the computer will be notified. Access to the network will be removed for 14 days. After 14 days, if the offending material has been removed, the computer will be allowed back on the network. The appeal process is through the Associate Dean of Students.

A second violation will result in the computer being banned from the network for 28 days. After 28 days, if the offending material has been removed, the computer will be allowed back on the network.

A third violation will result in the computer being banned for the remainder of the current semester. In addition, the user will be required to meet with the Associate Dean of Students. Disciplinary action may be taken at that time.

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