Other Student-Related Policies


Copyright Infringement and File Sharing

As part of the Higher Education Opportunities Act (HEOA) we are required to notify you annually that unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject you to civil and criminal liabilities. Below is the 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. The College of St. Scholastica IT department responds to Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) notices in the following way. Initially the IT department will contact the individual involved in the alleged violation and provide the DMCA notification. We request that the individual remove the offending material from their computer and we also explain how illegal file sharing is a direct violation of our Acceptable Use Policy. A second violation involves the above actions with the addition of requiring the student to visit the IT department to make sure the offending material has been removed from their computer. A third violation results in the above actions in addition to the removal of network access until the student has met with the Dean of Students. For more information, please see the Website of the U.S. www.copyright.gov, especially their FAQ's at www.copyright.gov/help/faq. Links to free and low cost legal downloads can be found at http://www.educause.edu/legalcontent.

Medical Insurance Policy

It is the policy of The College that traditional undergraduate students, post baccalaureate nursing students, and graduate health program students (Athletic Training, Exercise Physiology, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies) must show proof of health insurance or purchase health through The College's Student Health Insurance program. This policy does not apply to extended studies students (not otherwise identified above) or online students. The process of showing proof of insurance or opting in to the College's health insurance plan must be completed on a yearly basis at the beginning of each academic year.

Students enrolling for the first time in the Spring or Summer Semester are required to follow this policy during the first month of enrollment and then again during the beginning of each academic year. Failure to follow this policy will result in additional fees being applied to a student's account and a health hold which prevents a student from registering for classes for the following semester.

Parking Regulations and Information

All vehicles on campus are subject to the college's parking regulations. All vehicles owned/operated by students are required to be registered with the College and obtain a St. Scholastica parking permit. Intentionally misrepresenting your vehicle by using a parking permit other than the one you are entitled to is a violation of the parking code. Student parking permits are valid only if they are for the current academic year and are hung from the rear-view mirror with the numbers facing outward.

A copy of the College's Parking Regulations can be obtained by going to Parking and Transportation web page at: http://www.css.edu/administration/facilities-services/parking-transportation/parking-policies.html

Risk of Participation Policy

The College of St. Scholastica offers a variety of physical activities, intramural sports, student activities, club activities, and intercollegiate sports. Participation in these activities is purely voluntary. By participating, the student agrees that he/she understands that his/her involvement in such activity involves the risk of injury and that such injuries may be of a minor or major character.

By participating in College activities, the student agrees to release the College and its agents and employees from any and all claims, demands and causes of action whatsoever in any way arising or resulting from the student's participation in such activities, including any claims resulting from the negligence of the College, its agents or employees.