University Policies

Approved: March 23, 2015
Approved By: President

DMCA and HEOA Response Policy


Downloading and/or sharing copyrighted material is illegal and not acceptable at Western Illinois University.

In compliance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), Western Illinois University will implement a process to deter and sanction unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials, which will include the following.

  • Deploy one or more technology-based deterrents
  • Refer users to educational information available concerning the proper use of copyrighted material
  • Promote legal download alternatives for digital files
  • Conduct an annual assessment of the effectiveness this policy and procedures 

WIU Procedures and Supplemental Information

For the latest information on WIU’s procedures for handling violations of this policy and additional information pertaining to copyright infringement, go to Western Illinois University’s knowledgebase at: