DMCA Violation Procedure

Overview

A Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) violation occurs when an individual is caught illegally downloading, uploading, or sharing copyright material.  The University considers students who illegally download, upload, or share such material to be in violation of The University of Montana-Missoula Student Conduct Code (Section V.A., Subsection 6).  For more information, please visit the University's copyright and peer to peer file sharing webpage.  

If the University is notified of illegal file sharing activities, the Dean of Students will issue a notice to the offending student.  This notification will provide details of the violation, such as the name of the offending file and the time when it was distributed.  To resolve this problem, students will be given the option to either schedule a meeting with the Dean of Students, or meet with a TEC at the SAIT Service Desk within five working days of the notice.  

Meeting with Dean of Students

To schedule a meeting with the Dean of Students, please call 243-6413 (direct) or 243-5225 (office).  

Meeting with a TEC

If the student chooses to have a brief meeting with a TEC, he/she must bring the following to the SAIT Service Desk*:

  • The notice issued by the Dean of Students
  • Any personal electronic device(s) that could be involved in the illegal file sharing activity

During this meeting, the TEC will provide the student with educational information about the issue of illegal file sharing and how it happens.  The TEC will also help the student analyze his/her personal device(s) to discover software that is typically used for illegal file sharing.  If the student wishes, the TEC will also show him/her how to remove the violating software from their device.  At the conclusion of this meeting, the TEC will give the student a letter from the Dean of Students issuing a disciplinary warning under the Student Conduct Code for the conduct violation.  The student can choose to either:  

  1. Accept:  If the student accepts the warning, he/she can bring the signed letter to the Dean of Students to close the case.  
  2. Decline:  If the student declines the warning, he/she has the right to an additional meeting with the Dean of Students to discuss the issue.  

*The SAIT Service Desk is located on the ground level of the University Center and is open from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday. 

Please note that subsequent violations could result in more serious disciplinary action under the student conduct code.