Franklin University’s Plan to Effectively Combat Copyright Infringement

With respect and commitment to adhering to the U.S. Copyright Act: Fair Use Title 17, Chapter 1, Section 107, the Franklin University community is asked to comply with all University policies, namely those outlined in the Employee Handbook, Faculty Handbook, Community Standards and the Copyright & Fair Use Policy.

Copyright & Fair Use Resource Guide

The purpose of this resource guide is to provide guidance and referrals to copyright information, services, and policies. They are;

  • Copyright Research Guide - comprehensive copyright and fair use resource, including information from copyright basics to a fair use evaluator,  providing guidance to students, staff and faculty;
  • Copyright for Students - provides pertinent information for Franklin students in regards to copyright protection;
  • Copyright for Faculty and Staff - provides materials related to copyright and fair use and links to the copyright permission service;
  • Copyright Permission Service (for Faculty and Staff) - the Franklin University Nationwide Library will work to identify the copyright holder and seek terms and conditions for using the material of interest;
  • Franklin University Community Standards - Franklin University’s Community Standards/Student Code of Conduct are designed to promote the educational mission of the University and to encourage honesty and integrity, respect for others, and respect for the campus community.  Students are to become familiar with student conduct regulations and the Student Code of Conduct;
  • Academic Bulletin - the Franklin University Academic Bulletin is published annually and provides information related to academic programs, policies and procedures;
  • and the Acceptable Use Policy - Franklin University promotes the use of electronic communication, telecommunication and computing resources for the purposes of University instruction, advancement, administration, research and study. All users are required to respect applicable copyright, privacy and licensing regulations. It is the responsibility of all users to uphold the integrity and validity of information contained in the University databases and communications.

For questions on Copyright at Franklin University, contact copyright@franklin.edu.

Technology-Based Copyright Infringement Deterrents

Franklin University actively blocks Peer-to-peer file sharing between the Internet and the campus network using features in its web filter content. Further, the University detects and blocks Peer-to-peer communications using sensors on its network.

Other Copyright Infringement Deterrents

Franklin University requires all new undergraduate students to attend a Professional Foundations course (PF321) and all graduate students to attend an Effectively Communicating and Collaborating course (GRAD 703) upon enrollment. These courses cover a student’s responsibility to honor the copyrights associated with material they acquire and use.

Students who have been found in violation of copyrights by University faculty or staff have their cases reviewed in an expeditious manner in accordance with Franklin University’s Procedures for Student Misconduct Complaints (see the Student Code of Conduct).

Notices filed under the Digital Millennium Act (DMCA) are processed in the same manner as copyright violations reported by University personnel.

Plan Review

University handbooks, standards and policies are reviewed and updated in an ongoing manner according to their scheduled evaluation timeline. 

On an annual basis, during the time Franklin University undergoes an independent financial audit of its IT information controls, the Information Security Officer will meet with the Vice President for Institutional Compliance to review the effectiveness of the copyright protection plan. The number of reported copyright violations, the changes in technology for sharing content, and the general awareness of the campus community are considered. If the number of incidents suggests that the current measures are losing their effectiveness, modifications to the plan will be pursued and implemented.

 

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