The University has a copyright policy, which has been signed and approved by the Chancellor and Faculty Senate, and violations of this policy may make the individuals responsible personally liable. The policy is reproduced below with some examples of what is illegal and some recommendations of items that departments should check to ascertain that they are not in violation of the policy.
Whether the software was procured for administrative or academic use, the University, its faculty, staff, and students shall at all times abide by any and all copyright laws pertaining to computer software and by any computer software license agreements which are legally applicable to them.
Specifically this means that:
Persons guilty of computer software copyright violations may be subject to disciplinary action by the University. Such violations may also subject any persons involved to criminal or civil prosecution.
Information Technology Services shall refuse persons requesting assistance in using what appear to be illegal copies of software.
Summary statements of this policy shall be posted in all areas that are open for general use of computers. Reminders regarding this policy will be periodically sent to all University departments and offices.