UIC Policy on Copyright Infringement and Peer-to-Peer Abuse

Revision Date: September 22, 2011
Version: 1.00

Consequences for copyright infringement and peer-to-peer (p2p) abuse

If the ACCC receives a notification of copyright infringement we will take the following actions:

  • Suspend the user's campus account if we can determine the user
  • Filter the MAC address of the machine. (How to find your MAC address)

If the machine is a department machine we will notify the NETSECs for that zone. It is then the responsibility of the NETSEC to determine the user of the machine and report this information to the security group. The user also needs to be instructed to contact ACCC Security at 312-432-0074 (2-0074 from campus).

If the user is a student they will have to contact security at 312-432-0074 (2-0074 from campus).

How to become compliant and regain ACCC services

After the user has spoken to a security officer, he/she will be instructed to do the following in order to become compliant and regain ACCC services:

  1. Remove all peer-to-peer software from the machine.
  2. Delete all illegally obtained and infringing files (that is: music, movies, software and other media).
  3. Send an email message to security@uic.edu stating that they have completed all tasks towards becoming compliant and ensure that they understand our policy and the law and will not repeat the offense.

Repeat offenses

If we receive a subsequent notification for a user we will repeat the process above, in addition to the following:

In the case of student repeat offenders, the ACCC will file a complaint with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. The outcome of the incident will be determined by a Student Judicial Affairs Administrative Action Meeting or Hearing.

In the case of faculty/staff repeat offenders the ACCC will contact the Dean for the offender's department, the Assistant Vice President for Human Resources and University (Legal) Counsel.

The user's campus account will remain suspended and the device will remain MAC filtered until an outcome is determined by the appropriate parties.

Failure to respond to inquires or attend meetings scheduled with the ACCC, the Dean of Students, or any other University Department or Official concerned with the disciplinary process will result in the suspension of access to all ACCC Resources (not including Blackboard), and may result in an academic hold.

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