The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) was passed by Congress in October of 1998. As described in the DMCA, the College of Saint Elizabeth is considered an Online Service Provider due to the fact the college is "an entity offering the transmission, routing, or providing of connections for digital online communications, between or among points specified by a user, of material of the user’s choosing, without modification to the content of the material as sent or received."
As a result, the College of Saint Elizabeth receives notifications of alleged copyright violations, including those resulting from peer-to-peer file sharing in the form of “pre-litigation letters,” which are investigated and distributed to the person who is allegedly in violation. While the College does not actively scan computers on the network for copyrighted material, the College utilizes tools on the campus network that might bring potential violations to the attention of the College administration.
The Higher Education Opportunity Act passed in August of 2008 requires higher education institutions as of July, 2010 to now combat unauthorized filing sharing, including issuing "a description of the institution's policies with respect to unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, including disciplinary actions that are taken against students who engage in unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials using the institution's information technology system."
At the College of Saint Elizabeth, the file sharing policy pertaining to unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing applies equally to all campus network users including faculty, staff and students.
The disclosure and a summary of penalties for violating the Copyright Law can be found here.