Student Network and Internet Usage Policy

General Policies

DigiPen's computer and network resources are provided exclusively for educational purposes. To ensure that these resources remain available for legitimate academic usage, DigiPen requires compliance with the following policies:

  • Students are required to respect DigiPen property. Students may not abuse, damage, vandalize, steal, or in any way alter DigiPen property in any manner that would prevent another student from using it.
  • Students may not install software, drivers, patches, or any other program on DigiPen computers. Additional software may be requested through an instructor; it is the sole responsibility of DigiPen to decide if, how, and when any software is installed.
  • Students are responsible for their own data and are encouraged to protect their work by utilizing the resources provided by DigiPen and by using a personal storage device such as a flash drive or laptop computer.
  • Students may not attempt to access another student's information or display any material which may offend another student.
  • Students may not copy, publish, or make available any DigiPen property without written consent. This includes, but is not limited to, storing materials on any unauthorized network service or personal server.
  • Commercial use of DigiPen computer or network resources is expressly and strictly forbidden. Any commercial activity will result in legal action against the offender.

DigiPen reserves the right to monitor, log, and inspect any data stored on any DigiPen computer or transmitted over the DigiPen network without restriction or limitation in order to ensure compliance with the above policies. Students found to be in violation of these policies may be restricted from DigiPen's network and subject to disciplinary action.

Internet Filter Policy

Internet access through DigiPen's network is filtered to ensure that students are better able to access information and materials related to their education. All internet traffic from within DigiPen's network, including labs, classrooms, and administrative offices, are sent through a system of proxies, filters, and analyzers to protect school resources from outside disruption, prevent network abuse, and prioritize legitimate educational usage. If you have any questions or concerns about this policy, or you would like to report a problem with internet access, contact helpdesk@digipen.edu.

Copyright Infringement and Peer-to-Peer File Sharing

DigiPen prohibits copyright infringement in any form, including the illegal downloading and uploading of copyrighted works through peer-to-peer file sharing as defined by Title 17 of the United States Code.

Copyright may result in civil and criminal penalties, including damages of up to $150,000 per infringed work, imprisonment of up to five years, and fines of up to $250,000 per offense. For more information, please see the web site of the U.S. Copyright Office at www.copyright.gov, especially the FAQs at www.copyright.gove/help/faq.

In addition to the civil and criminal penalties outlined about, students who engage in illegal downloading or unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials using DigiPen's network will also be referred to DigiPen's Discipline Committee and be subject to disciplinary sanctions, up to and including suspension from the Institute, under the Regulation of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures.