Consumer Information

General Institutional Information

Summary of Civil and Criminal Penalties for Violation of Federal Copyright Laws - Copyright infringement is the act of exercising, without permission or legal authority, one or more of the exclusive rights granted to the copyright owner under section 106 of the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code). These rights include the right to reproduce or distribute a copyrighted work. In the file-sharing context, downloading or uploading substantial parts of a copyrighted work without authority constitutes an infringement. Penalties for copyright infringement include civil and criminal penalties. In general, anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement may be ordered to pay either actual damages or “statutory” damages affixed at not less than $750 and not more than $30,000 per work infringed. For “willful” infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed. A court can, in its discretion, also assess costs and attorneys’ fees. For details, see Title 17, United States Code, Sections 504, 505. Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up to five years and fines of up to $250,000 per offense. For more information, please see the website of the U.S. Copyright Office at

Student Financial Assistance

A student who is convicted of possession or sale of illegal drugs during a period of enrollment will be considered ineligible to receive Title IV funds. The nature of the conviction will determine the time period of ineligibility as detailed in 34 CFR 668.40 (b). A student whose eligibility has been suspended because of an illegal drug violation may regain eligibility by completing a drug rehabilitation program that meets the requirements of 34 CFR 668.40 (d).

Health and Safety - CFR 668.46

Student Outcomes

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