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:
Consistent with our principles, we view education as the most important element in combating illegal sharing of copyrighted materials at St. John’s College. We use a wide variety of methods to inform our community about the law and St. John’s College’s response to copyright infringement claims:
St. John’s College currently employs bandwidth-shaping technology to prioritize network traffic related to education and communication, and as an active deterrent to illegal P2P file sharing. Network traffic is monitored to ensure no system uses excessive amounts of bandwidth, and investigations are conducted should a system be found doing so. St. John’s College accepts, investigates, and responds to all Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) notices. Use of College resources to infringe on copyrighted material will be handled as a disciplinary matter and will be penalized by up to and including expulsion in the case of students and up to and including dismissal in the case of employees.
The College will use the following criteria to address copyright infringement issues:
Members of the St. John’s College community are encouraged to take advantage of these legitimate sources of digital content. For further information, please read St. John’s College IT Appropriate Use Policy and HEOA Compliance.