Penalties and Violations
Violations may result in a complete loss of all University network and Internet access as well as notification to student judicial affairs. Network access would continue to be disabled until approval and clearance has been authorized by student affairs and the university's information security officer.
Violators of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) can be punished by substantial fines. Individuals also may be held civilly liable for actual damages or lost profits, or for statutory damages up to $150,000 per infringed copyright. Attempting to profit from file sharing can even result in a prison sentence. For more information on copyright laws and how they may affect you, please visit http://www.copyright.gov for detailed information related to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).
In compliance with DMCA requirements, West Texas A&M University must respond expeditiously to notices of alleged copyright infringement. An individual typically finds out about a notice when they receive an email from Network Services, the Information Technology Service Center or the University's Information Security Officer. This email informs the individual that a copyright holder has sent the University a notice of alleged infringement, which identifies the offender’s IP address. The individual is requested to confirm receipt of the notice, implement all actions specified, and take all appropriate actions. If the individual ignores the request, then other actions may ensue including disabling the network connection or disciplinary action up to and including suspension and/or termination of employment depending upon the individual. In the case of students, the process may involve convening a required hearing before Student Judicial Affairs. Student Judicial Affairs may impose sanctions on the student that may range from a letter of reprimand to expulsion from the university.