Software Copyright Policy

Respect for the intellectual work and property of others has traditionally been essential to the mission of colleges and universities. This institution recognizes its obligation to promote procedures and circumstances that will reinforce this principle, and to provide continuing guidance as to what constitutes dishonesty.

  • Violation of software license agreements and/or copyright, including such practices as unauthorized copying or commercial use of software, is both unethical and illegal. In particular, some of the software used by the college is licensed under a special academic agreement that may prevent its use for commercial endeavors. For example, Macromedia products are made available for educational purposes only. Any work made using college-provided software must comply with the academic agreement and be for educational purposes only. To create non-academic work, faculty, staff, and students must use a commercial copy of the software to comply fully with terms of the license agreement.
  • Plagiarism, including the unauthorized copying of non-copyrighted software, programs, applications, data or code is not condoned or tolerated by the institution.
  • Acts of plagiarism or the failure to observe software copyrights and/or license agreements may result in disciplinary action by this institution and/or legal action by the rightful owner.

Adopted 1991; revised 3/2006; last reviewed 3/2010