Student Handbook

Disciplinary Action and Legal Penalties

Violation of this policy may result in an immediate suspension or loss of computer or network privileges at the University and will also subject a student to disciplinary action, up to and including suspension or expulsion from the University. If appropriate, violations may also be reported to local or federal law enforcement agencies for prosecution.

Unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject copyright infringers to civil and criminal liabilities. In general, anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement may be ordered to pay either actual damages or "statutory" damages affixed at not less than $750 and not more than $30,000 per work infringed. For "willful" infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed. A court can, in its discretion, also assess costs and attorneys' fees. Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up to five (5) years and fines of up to $250,000 per offense. For more information, please see the website of the U.S. Copyright Office at, especially their FAQ's at