University Technology

WIU's Copyrighted Material Policy

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which was signed by President Clinton in 1998, gives creators of digital content more control over their materials and can ultimately decide who can download their content. The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) requires colleges and universities to increase their response to copyright infringement. These two acts were put into place to protect others work from the digital age and those who may steal their work.

Through WIU's IT Governance Process, where submitted technology enhancement ideas are discussed in an open forum, on November 1, 2014, the IT Governance Council discussed the possibility of implementing a policy that restricts students, faculty and staff from downloading copyrighted materials illegally. The proposal was approved on December 1, 2014 (For more information go to from an on-campus computer or via the WIU VPN).

Downloading activity will be monitored for students, faculty and staff on WIU's network starting January 12, 2015. Users on WIU's network that are attempting to download copyrighted material illegally will have a WARNING appear on their computer screens as well as mobile devices. Later in the semester there will be a four offense policy enacted for violators:

  • 1st Offense: Loss of Internet access for 2 hours.
  • 2nd Offense: Loss of Internet access for 48 hours (2 days).
  • 3rd Offense: Internet access lost until the offender meets with uTech personnel to discuss copyright violation.
  • 4th Offense: Violator will be referred to the Student Judicial Process or Provost Office.

If you don't have the right to legally download copyrighted material, it is not just wrong but it is also illegal. So just Think Before YOU Download .

If you have any questions or concerns please contact uTech Support Center at (309) 298-8324 (298-TECH).