Consumer Information for Students
Consumer Information for Prospective and Current Holy Cross Students (HEOA Disclosures)
This page contains information on the following topics:
a. Academic Programs
a. General Financial Assistance Information
a. Vaccination Policy
a. Student Activities
If you have questions or would like copies of any of the information presented here, please contact the Office of Public Affairs at (508) 793-2419 or email@example.com
The College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC), a non-governmental, nationally recognized organization whose affiliated institutions include elementary schools through collegiate institutions offering post-graduate instruction. Accredi¬tation of an institution by the NEASC indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer group review process. An accredited school or college is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accredita¬tion. Accreditation by the NEASC applies to the institution as a whole; as such, it is not a guarantee of the quality of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution. Inquiries regarding the status of an institution’s accreditation by the NEASC should be directed to the administrative staff of the school or college. Individuals may also contact NEASC at 209 Burlington Road, Suite 201, Bedford, MA 01730-1433 or via the Web at www.neasc.org.
c) Crime Awareness and Campus Security Report (Clery Act Report)
Detailed information on campus safety including hate crime reporting, emergency response/evacuation, timely warning and emergency notification, and missing student notification policy, fire safety and fire log, and drug and alcohol violations are found in the annual Safety, Security and Fire report.
Information concerning the course schedule used for preregistration and registration purposes, the International Standard Book Number (ISBN) and retail price information of required and recommended textbooks and supplemental materials for each course listed, to the extent the information is available, is set forth at the location described here.
If you need further information, you may contact the Holy Cross Bookstore.
Peer-to-Peer File Sharing Information
A copyright is a form of legal protection for creative works. Copyrights help to ensure that authors of creative works can control how those works are used and prevent others from capitalizing on, or using or distributing, the works without permission. The unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material such as songs, videos, games, textbooks, or other type of creative content, including through peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject students to serious criminal and civil penalties, so students and others need to understand what is and is not permissible when it comes to the downloading and distribution of creative materials.
Although using peer-to-peer file sharing technology in itself is not illegal, what you share and how you share it may violate the law. The laws that govern copyright are not specific to any one technology; you can violate the rights of a copyright holder using many different types of technology. Both uploading and downloading of copyrighted files can violate copyright law.
Altering the format of creative content for your own personal use, that is, for example, ripping a CD of songs onto your computer and then listening to them on your iPod, generally would not be viewed as a copyright violation. Distributing that song file to others would violate the copyright law, however, as would downloading a file shared online in that manner. Such actions, if taken on the Holy Cross network, would also violate Holy Cross Acceptable Use Policy, available at http://offices.holycross.edu/its/itpolicy/informationtechnologyresources.
This policy provides that each individual user of the Holy Cross network is responsible for using electronic materials in accordance with copyright and licensing restrictions, and it prohibits users from using the Holy Cross networks to violate copyright laws and from distributing or copying proprietary files without proper authorization.
Content owners (those holding copyrights) actively monitor file sharing networks. They frequently issue takedown notices to Internet Service Providers (ISPs), including Holy Cross, requesting that the ISPs remove shared files, and they sometimes issue subpoenas requesting that the University turn over information about those they believe are violating their copyrights for the purpose of filing a lawsuit.
Holy Cross is legally obligated by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to respond to valid complaints and subpoenas received from copyright owners. Holy Cross’ process for responding to these complaints and subpoenas is described here.
Federal Copyright Law
Federal copyright law establishes a wide range of civil and criminal penalties for copyright infringement. For those who download or upload large numbers of songs, civil damages could reach into the millions of dollars. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) have pursued these monetary damages in lawsuits. Although to date criminal prosecutions of students for file sharing have been rare, potential civil and criminal penalties for peer-to-peer activity include:
• Statutory damages of up to $150,000 for each act of willful infringement (i.e., each song or movie illegally copied or distributed),
• Lower damages for acts of unintentional infringement.
• Pre-litigation settlements prior to filing lawsuits against students from $3,000 to $4,000 and up.
• Jury verdicts against file sharers in the hundreds of thousands and even millions of dollars.
• Reasonable attorney fees to the copyright owner at the court’s discretion.
• Prison time.
Information on legal resources for downloading copyrighted material and copyright law can be found at http://www.musicunited.org/ provided by the RIAA.