In compliance with section 668.14 of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, commonly known as the peer-to-peer provision, Rose-Hulman (RHIT) is providing the following documentation regarding how RHIT will address any infringement and/or misuse of copyrighted material over the internet/intranet by users of the RHIT Network.
The Institute values its reputation for moral leadership as much as its reputation for academic excellence and expects all persons associated with it to maintain the reputation. The Institute's Code of Ethics is simple and direct: Rose-Hulman expects its students to be responsible adults and to behave at all times with honor and integrity.*
*Quoted from “Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Student Handbook 2012-2013
The Institute, whenever possible, gives all legitimate users the discretion to determine how best to shape their own use of the computing resources and facilities within the guidelines of the Policy for Responsible Use of Rose-Hulman Computing Facilities. Users are responsible for their actions, the consequences of those actions, and the consequences of negligent inaction. As such, users whose judgment leads to activities inconsistent with the guidelines of this policy risk disciplinary action and possible imposition of restrictions to enforce the guidelines of this policy.**
**Quoted from “Policy for Responsible Use of Rose-Hulman Computing Facilities

 RHIT Expectations, Policies and Deterrents

Viewing or using private files, programs or data without authorization is an invasion of privacy, even if that material appears to be legally and/or electronically unprotected. Copying, providing, receiving, and/or using copyrighted material in ways inconsistent with valid licensing agreements is a violation of the Policy for Responsible Use of Rose-Hulman Computing Facilities. Due diligence must be exercised by the creators and users of networks or services which enhance or facilitate file access and/or sharing capabilities beyond those of the core Institutional computer services in order to ensure that copyrighted materials are safe. Users must realize that unauthorized access or use of computing resources may be a criminal or civil offense.
When a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Notice is received regarding possible infringement, notice will be sent by email to the alleged infringer. If this is a first incident, they will be granted 24 hours to come to the EIT Service Desk to view an informative video or risk losing network access.

A second incident requires a meeting with the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and a third infraction will result in meeting with the Dean of Students. Breaking copyright laws can lead to criminal or civil penalties.
 Portions of this page are based on web documentation produced by Cornell University and are used with permission.