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Policy - Copyright - Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) Guidelines

H.R 4137, the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), is a re-authorization of the Higher Education Act. 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:

  • Institutions make an annual disclosure that informs students that the illegal distribution of copyrighted materials may subject them to criminal and civil penalties, and describes the steps that institutions will take to detect and punish illegal distribution of copyrighted materials.
  • Institutions certify to the Secretary of Education that they have developed plans to "effectively combat" the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material.
  • Institutions, "to the extent practicable," offer alternatives to illegal file sharing.
  • Institutions identify procedures for periodically reviewing the effectiveness of the plans to combat the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials.

Annual Disclosure

Consistent with our educational principles, we view education as the most important element in combating illegal sharing of copyrighted materials at University of Wisconsin-Platteville. We use a wide variety of methods to inform our community about the law and University of Wisconsin-Platteville's response to copyright infringement claims:

  • In order to use college computing resources, all students agree to the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville campus. The AUP can be viewed at
  • During NEW STUDENT REGISTRATION for the new incoming class, the Information Technology Services (ITS) Help Desk provides a staffed table and distributes this handout in printed form containing information about copyright and piracy.
  • In order to gain access to the network in the residence halls on the UW-Platteville campus, students need to register their computer through NetReg. In this process, students will be asked five questions related to copyright and copyright law. Their computer is not active on the network until all five questions are answered correctly. If a question is answered incorrectly, the system will pick another five questions for the student to answer.
  • Students using campus wireless networks are also subject to these rules per Policy - Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources
  • If the University of Wisconsin-Platteville receives a take-down notice from any copyright holder, the networking information (IP and MAC Address) will be tracked in the logs by our Information Technology Services (ITS) Department. An issue will be created in the ITS ticketing system and the ITS Help Desk Manager will be notified. Actions and sanctions will be followed in accordance with the student conduct process posted at

Plans to Effectively Combat the Unauthorized Distribution of Copyrighted Material

Offering Alternatives to Illegal File-Sharing

Reviewing Effectiveness

  • UW-Platteville and ITS will review any DMCA/take down notices received and adjust our technology protections appropriately. We will also review our training and education material to keep it up-to-date.
Adopted June 2010; modified June 2019

If you have questions, please contact the ITS Help Desk at 608.342.1400 or  You may also visit the Help Desk on the first floor of the Karrmann Library.

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Keywords:HEOA, Infringement, P2P, File Sharing, ResNet   Doc ID:30264
Owner:Joshua S.Group:UW Platteville
Created:2013-05-22 09:14 CDTUpdated:2019-06-05 16:53 CDT
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