DACC Network Users

DACC Network Users

In support of its mission of teaching and serving the community, DACC provides access to information technology resources to students, faculty and staff, within institutional priorities and financial capabilities. Access is provided through DACCnet (the entire DACC computer system, the campus network, the campus Internet circuit(s), and all dial-up and other remote-access hardware and software). All members of the DACC community who use DACCnet must do so responsibly. DACC defines network users as students, faculty, staff, and community members who use the DACC network.

DACC prohibits any unauthorized file sharing. The College will enforce the following disciplinary actions when persons are found to be sharing unauthorized copyrighted materials:

  • DACC reserves the right to suspend or terminate network access to any campus user if the violation is deemed severe or the use is impacting the operation of the network.
  • Violators will be referred to the Student Conduct officer for a Student Code of Conduct review.
  • Unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material may subject the student/person to civil and criminal liabilities. Complete information on the federal law and penalties can be found at https://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap5.html.

DACC and our Internet provider utilize technology-based deterrents to effectively combat unauthorized downloading/distribution. DACC's Computer Network Services (CNS) department utilizes filters in our network that block most file sharing systems. On college-owned computers, installation of the software necessary to share files is restricted. The Illinois Century Network (ICN) is the college's Internet provider. The ICN's systems and services are for the use of authorized users only and are subject to routine network monitoring by CNS staff to audit network security and performance. The CNS accepts and responds to Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) notices. When illegal downloading is detected, CNS personnel at the college have the responsibility to identify and locate the offenders.

DACC communicates the Copyright and Peer-to-Peer regulations and infringements to students and network users through annual notice in the DACC Student Handbook and through separate documents such as DACC's Copyright/Peer-to-Peer File Sharing policy, the DACC Acceptable Internet Use policy, and DACC's Student Code of Conduct. Link to the Policy: https://www.dacc.edu/about/consumer-student-information. The Library also provides information on the DACC website at https://dacc.libguides.com/copyright_and_fairuse and https://dacc.libguides.com/plagiarism.

Information on appropriate use of copyrighted materials and peer-to-peer sharing can be found on the DACC website at https://www.dacc.edu/about/consumer-student-information. Some music, movies, and television shows can be legally obtained through online subscription services or from sites officially permitted by the copyright holders to offer certain downloads. Use the following sites as alternatives to illegal downloading: https://www.educause.edu/legalcontent.