(P2P) file sharing. In order to comply with HEOA and effectively combat unauthorized
distribution of materials by users of the Georgia Perimeter College network, Georgia
Perimeter College has implemented technologies to identify and/or block many peer-
to-peer protocols primarily associated with copyright infringement.  Georgia Perimeter
College also receives Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) notifications indicating
unauthorized copying of materials. When the college identifies or is notified of this
activity, the network port and/or wireless connection associated with that user is disabled
and the affected user is notified. The user must remove the offending software in order
to re-establish connectivity to the Georgia Perimeter College network. Repeat offenders
are subject to progressive consequences, including disciplinary actions.
Copyright infringement may include civil and criminal penalties. In general, anyone
found liable for civil copyright infringement may be ordered to pay either actual or
statutory damages affixed at not less than $750 and not more than $30,000 per work
infringed. For “willful” infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work
infringed. A court can, in its discretion, also assess costs and attorneys’ fees. For details,
see Title 17, United States Code, Sections 504, 505. Willful copyright infringement can
also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up to five years and fines of
up to $250,000 per offense.
EDUCAUSE maintains a list of all known legitimate download services, available at http://
, which the Georgia Perimeter College community is
welcome to access.
The Georgia Perimeter College Appropriate Use of IT Resources Policy at
gpc.edu/governance/policies/New500/507.pdf prohibits illegal downloading and sharing
of copyrighted materials. Please refer to
for additional
information about the college’s HEOA compliance plan. Please also refer to http://
for additional information on use of copyrighted
Membership in the college community confers upon students certain rights and imposes
certain responsibilities, which are defined below. Students are expected to understand
and exercise their rights, to meet their responsibilities, and to respect the rights of others.
The College’s student code of conduct enforces these responsibilities and affords the
same rights to students. The College will help to preserve a climate in which students
can develop without denying this same opportunity to others. Unfamiliarity with the
following does not excuse students from carrying out their responsibilities as members of
the college community.
• Student Rights
Students have the right to be heard in matters that affect their rights and
responsibilities. (e.g. through Student Government Association, Dean of
Student Services, etc.)
Students have the right to take stands on issues, to examine and discuss
questions of interest, and to support legal causes by orderly means which do
not disrupt college operations or interfere with the rights of others. Students
or student groups wishing to engage in peaceful demonstrations must
obtain a Free Expression Permit to do so from the Office of Student Life at
least two business days prior to the demonstration. The demonstration must
be restricted to the area specified in the permit.
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