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EDUCOM is a group of cooperating colleges and universities dedicated to advancing computer and network communications technology in education. EDUCOM has produced a statement calling for the protection of intellectual property. This document incorporates this statement into the college's policies.


This policy seeks to inform the campus community of its obligations to protect and respect intellectual property.


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 acknowledgement, 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, may be grounds for sanctions against members of the academic community.

Administration of Policy

The executive director of Information Technology Services (ITS) shall oversee this policy and review it at least once every two years. Changes to this policy shall be made in accordance with the college's Policy on Policies.