Information Technology Compliance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act

Claremont McKenna College's plans to "effectively combat" the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material include the following steps:

  1. Claremont McKenna College enforces an Acceptable Use Policy on its wired and wireless networks;
  2. Claremont McKenna College requires all students to undergo a course called TechEssentials before they are allowed access to the campus network, during which they learn about the responsible use of information technology and policy enforcement of copyright;
  3. Residential Technology Assistants place a rotating schedule of posters conveying information regarding legitimate sources for music and videos, specifically pointing toward CMC IPTV, a Campus Intranet for the CMC IPTV based television program provided to all students free of charge over the Internet already in compliance, as well as the video streaming site Hulu, network streaming sites, and musical provider iTunes;
  4. Claremont McKenna College reminds all students each and every semester that the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material, including peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject the students to criminal or civil penalties, including referring students to a description of the potential penalties for violations of copyright laws, and to the Claremont McKenna College policy located at /its/Policies/ITPolicies/PDF/cc.pdf;
  5. Claremont McKenna College performs bandwidth shaping and traffic monitoring to identify the largest bandwidth users;
  6. Claremont McKenna College restricts bandwidth for residential networks and blocks certain protocols;
  7. Claremont McKenna College conducts continual assessment of new technology-based deterrents.

December 29, 2008