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Peer-to-Peer File Sharing

In accordance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), Cleveland Community College is committed to reducing the illegal uploading and downloading of copyrighted works through peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing. As such, the Vice President of Student Services will provide a Notice to Students outlining federal law, College policy, campus practices, and the potential sanctions applicable to copyright infringement, including unauthorized P2P file sharing via the campus network, every term via student email. The notice will include a link to legal alternatives and will be included on the College web site.

As a technological deterrent, the College will use a firewall to monitor network traffic. If the College suspects or receives a complaint of a user redistributing copyrighted material, the user's network access will be blocked until the complaint is resolved.

The first offense will result in a written reprimand and a minimum of 24 hour loss of network access. The second offense will result in the student being placed on probation, being required to complete remediation as assigned by the Vice President of Student Services and losing network access until remediation is completed. The third offense will result in suspension from the College.

The following is the Notice to Students: