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A plan to “effectively combat the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials” by users of its network, including “the use of one or more technology-based deterrents”

Rhodes State College views the safeguards that are in place as a layered approach to communication regarding copyrighted content, including:

  • Annual email message sent to all employees and students stating that unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials violates federal copyright laws as well as College policies.
  • Statements regarding plagiarism, copyright (draft form), and academic misconduct added to all course syllabi;
  • Links to available legal alternatives, as provided by EDUCAUSE, can be found on the College’s website;
  • Higher Education Opportunity Act compliance content posted on the Rhodes State website;
  • Required training course designed to assist faculty in effective delivery of online and/or blended course includes a information on copyright and plagiarism policies and related procedures;
  • Users should be aware that their uses of College computing resources are not private. The College reserves the right at any time and without notice to monitor, access, or review data that is either stored or transmitted. Observed peer-to-peer file sharing detected on the network by a bandwidth usage pattern, users will be contacted to ensure that their bandwidth consumption is the result of legal activities.
  • Notices received of alleged Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) violations are immediately expedited to further analyze, diagnose, remove, and/or block access to the alleged infringed materials.
  • Prohibited conduct regarding computer usage and resources explained in the Student Code of Conduct, Section 10.5 and the Computer Resources and Facilities Policy 6.14;
  • Rhodes State’s policy on Use of Copyrighted Works published on the College’s website;

Plan Review and Assessment

The HEOA compliance requirements may be reviewed and updated from time to time to reflect substantial changes to the information technology resources or changes in legal statutes that impact computing resources, copyright, intellectual property or privacy. Criteria for compliance are primarily measured by the increase/decrease in the number of reported academic and non-academic misconduct cases.