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Legal use of Copyrighted Material and File Sharing at Bethel University
The Department of Education has issued final regulations (Oct. 29, 2009) detailing the steps institutions are expected to take in order to comply with the requirements of H.R 4137, the August, 2008,

The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) is a reauthorization of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA). Information Technology Services (ITS) at Bethel University has taken the following steps to comply with the HEOA regulations. The technological issues in HEOA all relate to concerns surrounding the illegal distribution of copyrighted materials. The four main requirements are listed below with a brief description of Bethel’s response to each.of 1965. 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:

1. Make an annual disclosure that informs students that the illegal distribution of copyrighted materials may subject students to criminal and civil penalties and that describes the steps that institutions will take to detect and punish illegal distribution of copyrighted materials.

Bethel’s response:

•    Annually at the start of each new CAS academic year a joint message to students will go out from the Dean of Students and Community Life and the CIO informing students about college policy related to the use of copyright-protected materials and the steps Bethel will take to enforce its policies.

•    In order to use college computing resources, all members of the Bethel Community must endorse a Network-Use Policy that includes a section on copyright compliance.
•    Each fall new students will attend a workshop during
•    Students are required to take a technology orientation in which copyright law and these requirements are discussed.

•    Annually residence life staff members discuss formally and informally our policies regarding the distribution and use of copyrighted materials.
•    Annual briefing to governance bodies such as the Bethel Information Technology Governance Committee, the Information Security Committee and the University Technology Advancement Committee. 

2. Institutions certify to the Secretary of Education that they have developed plans to “effectively combat” the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material.
Bethel’s response: