Higher Education Opportunity Act
Last updated September 30, 2010
The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) was signed into law on August 14, 2008. Enforcement of the HEOA provisions formally began on July 1, 2010.
Several sections of the HEOA deal with unauthorized file sharing on campus networks, imposing three general requirements on all U.S. colleges and universities:
1. An annual disclosure to students describing copyright law and campus policies related to
violating copyright law.
2. A plan to "effectively combat the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials" by users
of its network, including "the use of one or more technology-based deterrents".
3. A plan to "offer alternatives to illegal downloading".
Annual disclosure statement to students & employees
A comprehensive list of alternatives to illegal downloading (link redirects to Educause web site)
Source: Educause web site "Final HEOA Regulations Issued for P2P Provisions"