I am sure that there are examples of students who have not responded
to any of the effort that I have made or the example of others but the
classes have the effect of heightening the awareness of the fact that our
behavior in computer science is closely related to our Christian faith.
Messiah College Software Piracy Policy
Recognizing the following:
- Respect for intellectual labor and creativity is vital to academic
discourse and enterprise. This principle applies to works of all authors
and publishers in all media. It encompasses respect for the right to
acknowledgment, right to privacy, and right to determine the form,
manner, and terms of publication and distribution.
- Because electronic information is volatile and easily reproduced,
respect for the work and personal expression of others is especially
critical in computer environments. Violations of authorial integrity,
including plagiarism, invasion of privacy, unauthorized access, and
trade secret and copyright violations constitute grounds for sanctions
against members of the college community.
- Unauthorized copying of software is illegal--copyright law protects
authors and publishers of software.
- Unauthorized copying of software by individuals can harm the entire
college community. The institution may incur a legal liability for
condoning such activity, and it could become more difficult to negotiate
agreements that make software more widely and inexpensively available .
- Unauthorized copying of software deprives developers of a fair return
for their Work. Prices become inflated, levels of support and enhancement
decrease, and development of new products is inhibited.
Messiah College affirms the following policy:
- The unauthorized copying of any software owned by the College will be
viewed as an act of theft and a violation of the appropriate copyright
protection provided for under the law.
- The installation of any unauthorized software on any storage medium
owned by the college, or the running of unauthorized software on computing
equipment owned by the college will be viewed as a violation of the
appropriate copyright protection provided for under the law.
- Infractions related to the unauthorized use of software will result in
one or both of the following actions:
- referral to the appropriate offices, committees, boards or
individuals for determination of guilt, level of culpability and
appropriate disciplinary action as provided for in the ethos statement
of the college and in the personnel and student handbooks;
- referral to the civil authorities or the software vendor for
possible legal action.