Higher Education Opportunity Act Compliance Plan
Southern Utah University is committed to adhering to the requirements contained in the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008. This site documents the university's conformance to the HEOA requirements pertaining to peer-to-peer (P2P) downloading and/or distribution of copyrighted material.
Part I: Student Notification and Education
- The Information Technology Department (IT) will maintain and revise as needed, with input from various campus entities, a Notice to Students that educates and informs the students about pertinent federal law pertaining to copyright infringement, and the potential internal and external consequences for violation of those laws, and information regarding legal alternatives.
- The Notice to Students will be e-mailed to students annually in August.
- The Notice to Students will be posted annually in August to the mySUU portal.
- The Notice to Students will be distributed to students during University Orientation.
- The Notice to Students will be referenced in each faculty syllabus for each course each semester as outlined in Policy 6.36.
Part II: Deterrence and Assessment
- The Information Technology (IT) Department will deter, to the best of their ability, copyright infringement through the use of the campus network by P2P technologies or by other technological means. This will be accomplished by the use of an Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) to limit P2P traffic, the response to valid DMCA notices, as well as an effort to educate students about the perils of the illegal downloading of content.
- In the event of an incident, and the student is able to be identified, the offending content will be removed from the network, and the student will be referred to either the Dean of Students or the Director of University Housing for appropriate discipline as outlined in the Notice to Students.
- The IT Department will conduct a yearly review in January of the effectiveness of the deterrence plan and make any recommendations to further enhance its efforts. This yearly review will be comprised of evaluating the number of valid notices received throughout the year and the campus response to those notices, and analyzing the log data generated by the Intrusion Prevention System (IPS).
Part III: Legal Alternatives
- EDUCAUSE maintains a list of all known legitimate download services. Students are encouraged to seek legitimate and legal sources of copyrighted content.