H.R. 4137, the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) contains provisions that require higher educational institutions to take steps to reduce illegal uploading and downloading of copyrighted works through peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing on campus networks. These provisions require:
Every Oklahoma Baptist University employee and student is responsible for complying with section 668.14 of the HEOA, the provision prohibiting illegal peer-to-peer file sharing. Downloading or sharing copyrighted music, videos, or games without permission from the copyright owner can result in:
Oklahoma Baptist Univeristy uses a variety of methods to inform the college community about copyright law, illegal P2P file sharing, and other illegal activity. We require that all users of campus technology resources agree to abide by:
By using university-owned or operated computers, networks, and/or technology resources, users are agreeing to follow these policies and standards. Students suspected of violating such policies are subject to disciplinary process if found to be in violation.
The university educates the university community on copyright law and consequences, illegal P2P file sharing, and other violations of policies and proper use of information technology by:
The college plan involves using several methods to detect and deter illegal P2P file sharing:
The university will periodically review this plan for effectiveness by monitoring the number of Student Code of Conduct violations reported. If we determine that illegal file sharing activity takes place on campus, even with the plan fully implemented, more aggressive technologies and actions to detect and deter will be considered.
Students may seek out legitimate and legal sources of digital content, such as the suggested sites listed by Educause.
Due to limitations on university bandwidth resources, some of the suggested legal sites may not be available from campus computers.