Archive for the 'Policies' category

P2P Software and Copyright Violations

September 8th, 2011

Since the start of classes, Smith has received 18 notices of student violations of the copyright provisions of the College’s Acceptable Use Policy.  Companies that have sent violation notices include RIAA, HBO, Warner, and Paramount. 

The Peer-to-Peer (P2P) applications used to commit these violations include BitTorrent, Gnutella, Limewire, and Ares.  If you have any of these applications or similar ones on your computer, we recommend that you remove them immediately.

If you choose to keep P2P software on your computer and are detected using it to distribute copyright-protected material, please be aware of the consequences.  You will first be notified that you are in violation of federal copyright law and the college’s policy on the acceptable use of computer resources.  If you do not remove the software at that time, your network access will be disabled and you will be required to meet with the Dean of Students.  If the problem persists, the matter will be referred to the Judicial Board.

Please take the appropriate steps to avoid disciplinary actions and potential legal problems for yourself.

Important! College policy on personal wireless routers

September 11th, 2009

Please remember that only wireless routers provided and installed by ITS, or authorized and approved by ITS, are permitted on the Smith residence network.

Personal wireless routers are not permitted because they interfere with regular network access for other students located near them. 

If you have a wireless router connected to the network, please disconnect it immediately. Otherwise, your access to the network will be disabled until the router is removed.

Please note that this requirement is clearly stated in the college’s Policy on Acceptable Use of Computer Resources and Wireless Network Policy

Thank you for your help in ensuring that the Smith network is available to all students.

Copyright Infringement Policy Update

February 27th, 2009

The Recording Industry of America (RIAA) reserves the right to file lawsuits against students found guilty of copyright infringement, and is increasing efforts to send Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) notices to colleges and universities identifying specific campus computers that are sharing music or video files in violation of copyright law.

If Smith receives a DMCA notice that identifies your computer as an offender, you will receive an email notice from Herb Nickles, Executive Director of ITS.

PLEASE NOTE: If you receive a copyright infringement notice from Herb Nickles, you MUST respond IMMEDIATELY and remove all peer-to-peer (P2P) software from your computer.

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Message to Students about File-Sharing

April 25th, 2008

Over the past year, the college has received 70 notices from the RIAA, with 11 arriving in the last week. Please remember that copyright infringement is against Smith’s Acceptable Use Policy, and that violation of this policy can result in the “removal of network access privileges” on the Smith Residence Network.

If you receive a notice indicating that the RIAA has detected illegal file sharing from your computer, it is important that you respond to the notice from ITS immediately and remove all peer-to-peer (P2P) software from your computer.

If you do not respond, you will no longer be able to use the Smith College Network until all P2P file-sharing software is removed from your computer, regardless of academic responsibilities. Students who violate the Smith College Acceptable Use Policy on copyright infringement may also face the Smith College honor board.

So, with classes about to end and exams just around the corner, please be extra vigilant about your network use! (Read more…)

Downloads & Slow Network Speed

February 15th, 2008

Dear Smith Students,

Since the beginning of the spring semester, ITS has been receiving increasing reports from students of network slow-downs and “sluggishness.” Our network usage statistics show this is primarily due to an increase in the overall volume of peer-to-peer traffic on the campus network. (Read more…)