For many Oakland University students, the day starts with a smart phone, iPod, laptop, or other MP3 device. For these same students, sharing music and movies with peers is normal. Is it legal? No. Sharing copyright-protected data without permission, or file-sharing, is illegal. This includes music, movies, software, and games. Members of the Oakland University community receiving Internet access and network connections are expected to avoid electronic file-sharing. Everyone must comply with the policy on Use of University Information and Technology.
First, when illegal file sharing happens or is detected, Oakland University receives notice from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) to remove the violated material from the network.
Next, all student network access is blocked including, student accounts and e-mail access. For the first violation, students have two options to resolve this matter:
- Decline responsibility and submit a counter notice to the RIAA or,
- Voluntarily complete the NETWORK ACCESS RESTORATION AGREEMENT acknowledging that a computer was used in violation of the University policy on use of University Information Technology and charged a $50 Computer Review Fee.
For a second violation, the matter will be forwarded to the Dean of Students Office for adjudication in accordance with the University Ordinance #4.08 Computers and Other Equipment.
Please contact the Dean of Students Office at (248) 370-3352 for additional information.