H.R 4137, the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), is a reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. It includes provisions that are designed to reduce the illegal uploading and downloading of copyrighted works through peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing. These provisions include requirements that:
This document outlines Southwestern's plan to comply with these requirements.
Consistent with our educational principles, we view education as the most important element in combating illegal sharing of copyrighted materials at Southwestern. We use a wide variety of methods, including Student, Faculty and Staff Handbooks, Campus Notices and official mailing lists, to inform our community about the law and Southwestern's response to copyright infringement claims:
Plans to Effectively Combat the Unauthorized Distribution of Copyrighted Material
We do not block P2P appllications since much of the traffic is legal.
If we observe continued high bandwidth consumption on Southwestern networks we will contact such users to ensure that their bandwidth consumption is the result of legal activities only.
Students that receive take down notices are placed on mandatory contract probation by the Dean of Students following a meeting with the student, the CIO, and the Dean of Students.
Offering Alternatives to Illegal File Sharing
The Southwestern web site provides links to sites that provide numerous options for obtaining music, videos, and other digital content in a legal manner. The number of legal outlets for media increases each year. Members of the Southwestern community are encouraged to take advantage of these legitimate sources of digital content. The relevant page on the Southwestern web site is at: