The University takes both security and compliance seriously. The information in the following pages will help you ensure that you have the information to abide by federal copyright standards and laws.
Digital Copyright @ UofL
- UofL's policies relating to copyright and Response to the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA)
- How is the best way to avoid getting a copyright violation?
- What sanctions are used against copyright?
Internet Access Disabled?
If your internet access has been disabled for copyright infringement, you should have received an email with details about the infringement. You can fill out the required form and find more information with the links below.
Copyright violations (sharing of music, movies, software, etc.) will not be allowed at the University of Louisville. Guidelines for use of university accounts can be found at:
If Enterprise Security is notified that a student at UofL has broken copyright laws, the following repercussions will be enforced:
- First Incident: Ethernet port will be disabled immediately*. User must complete the form Copyright Violation Form. The computer port will remain closed for one additional week after verification that all copyrighted material has been removed from the computer.
- Second Incident: Ethernet port will be disabled immediately*. User will lose his/her Ethernet access for a minimum of 30 days. He/she will also be expected to meet with the Security Administrator to review and sign the Computer Usage Agreement. The Office of Student Life will be notified of the violation and students may face disciplinary action under the Code of Student Conduct.
- Third Incident: Ethernet port will be disabled immediately*. User will lose his/her Ethernet access for the remainder of his/her academic year at the University of Louisville. The Office of Student Life will be notified of the violation and students will face more severe disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the University.
All University of Louisville students are subject to the Code of Student Conduct as well as the University of Louisville Computer Policies. Residents are subject to the above and the Housing Herald as well.
* Ethernet ports and/or wireless accounts are always disabled immediately after confirmation of the incident. This allows the University to respond positively to the individual or organization that has filed the complaint.