Peer-to-Peer and File Sharing Applications Policy

The University allows the use of peer-to-peer and file sharing applications for legitimate business and academic use. For that reason, peer-to-peer and file sharing applications are allowed on the campus network.

However, since a disproportionate amount of peer-to-peer traffic consists of downloading movies, music, videos, and games for personal enjoyment, there are a few things you should know about peer-to-peer and file sharing applications:

  1. The University Computing & Network Facilities Acceptable Use Policy strictly prohibits the duplication or uncontrolled distribution of any file that is protected by copyright.

    The University is obligated to vigorously pursue claims of copyright infringement. Individuals found to be in violation of applicable copyright laws will be referred to Student Affairs (Students) or Human Resources (Faculty / Staff) for disciplinary action.

  2. Peer-to-peer and file sharing applications tie up network resources.

    Bandwidth is a precious commodity. Priority is given to applications which directly serve the interests of the University -- specifically research, academic use, and business use. P2P protocols also create an excessive load on wireless access points due to the large number of simultaneous connections which can impair the network performance for other users. For these and other reasons, peer-to-peer protocols are blocked to all users by default. 

Note: All IT policies and procedures are subject to annual review.