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File Sharing Statement (Higher Education Opportunity Act)

CNM takes the illegal sharing or downloading or distribution of copyrighted material seriously. Read the following information to protect your academic integrity.

In the time it takes you to type a few words into a search box, you can access an unlimited world of information. The Internet, as we all know, can be an amazing resource in a student’s quest for knowledge and in your research efforts for coursework. CNM supports the use of the Internet as a learning and research tool, like many other educational tools that help students maximize their learning potential.

But as powerful as the Internet and electronic technology can be in supporting your learning and research efforts, electronic resources can also be misused and lead to academic fraud. Please be aware that it is a student’s responsibility to understand the boundaries and laws related to the illegal sharing, downloading or distribution of copyrighted material.

CNM takes the illegal sharing or downloading or distribution of copyrighted material seriously, and so does the federal government. In addition to consequences students could face through the CNM Student Code of Conduct for copyright violations, students can also face civil and criminal penalties and fines per incident of copyright violation. 

For more information on copyright laws and guidelines, you can visit the U.S. Copyright Office website.

To review relevant CNM policies, refer to the Student Code of Conduct and the CNM Information Technology Use Policy.

CNM encourages the responsible use of technology to support your learning and educational goals. But the college also wants all students to understand where the lines are drawn between proper and improper use of the materials that are so quickly accessed through today’s technology.

Protect your academic integrity by being informed.