Albright College takes copyright infringement seriously. 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” 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. For more information, please see the U.S. Copyright Office, especially their FAQ’s page.
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Drug Offense Policy:
If you are convicted for a drug offense that occurs while you are a student is receiving federal Title IV aid, you may experience a loss of your eligibility for federal financial assistance. This information satisfies the University’s requirement to notify you under a separate and concise notice: Federal law provides that a student who has been convicted of an offense under any federal or state law involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving financial aid shall not be eligible to receive any federal or institutional grant, loan or work assistance during the period beginning on the date of such conviction and ending after the interval specified in the following:
- Possession, First Offense, 1 year of ineligibility
- Possession, Second Offense, 2 years of ineligibility
- Possession, Third Offense, indefinite period of ineligibility
- Sale, First Offense, 2 years of ineligibility
- Sale, Second Offense, indefinite period of ineligibility
A student whose eligibility has been suspended based on a conviction for possession or sale of a controlled substance may resume eligibility before the end of the ineligibility period if:
- The student satisfactorily completes a drug rehabilitation program that:
- complies with the criteria prescribed in the federal regulations; and,
- includes two unannounced drug tests
The student successfully passes two unannounced drug tests conducted by a drug rehabilitation program that complies with the criteria prescribed in federal regulations; or, the conviction is reversed, set aside, or otherwise rendered nugatory.
Yearly Consumer Information Mailing:
Every year all Albright students receive Consumer Information with their Academic year award letter. The 2019-2020 version can be found below for your use.