We hope your semester is off to a successful start.  Each fall, we provide the campus community notifications and updates regarding a variety of campus policies and safety measures. 

Student Handbook

Washington & Jefferson College's Student Handbook is online and available at http://wiki.washjeff.edu/display/StudentHB/Student+Handbook+Home


Crime & Statistics Report

In accordance with Federal guidelines, all students, faculty and staff may find the 2011 update of the Annual Three Year Crime & Statistics Report posted at www.washjeff.edu/safetyfirst.

Many helpful suggestions concerning your safety, protection of personal property, rules and regulations, and advice on how to file a report in the event of an incident can be found at the Safety First page.  Additionally, Washington & Jefferson College complies with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989.


Sexual Assault Education and Prevention

W&J is committed to helping students create and maintain a safe environment at Washington & Jefferson College that is conducive to student learning and holistic development. We therefore write to you now with information about education and prevention programs about sexual violence. This notice also identifies medical, health and crisis response resources available to W&J students.


If you have any questions about this information, please contact Student Life at 724.223.1360 or Health and Counseling Services at 724.223.6107.


Copyright Notification

This e-mail reminds you of Washington & Jefferson College's policy on the use of copyrighted material on our computer systems and networks.

Unauthorized copying or distribution of copyrighted material is illegal and will expose you to severe civil and criminal liability under the copyright law. This applies to all types of copyrighted works, including music, movies, software and other literary and artistic works.   Please refer to www.musicunited.org for more information. The site has information regarding all aspects of the law including penalties.  "If you do not have legal permission, and copy or distribute copyrighted music in anyway, you can be prosecuted in criminal court and/or sued for damages in civil court."

Criminal penalties for first-time offenders can be as high as five years in prison and $250,000 in fines.  Civil penalties can run into many thousands of dollars in damages and legal fees. The minimum penalty is $750 per song.  The "No Electronic Theft Law" (NET Act) is similar on copyright violations that involve digital recordings.  Criminal penalties can run up to 5 years in prison and/or $250,000 in fines, even if you didn't do it for monetary or financial or commercial gain.  If you did expect something in return, even if it just involves swapping your files for someone else's, as in MP3 trading, you can be sentenced to as much as 5 years in prison.

Regardless of whether you expected to profit, you're still liable in civil court for damages and lost profits of the copyright holder.  Or the copyright holders can sue you for up to $150,000 in statutory damages for each of their copyrighted works that you illegally copy or distribute.  If you make digital copies of copyrighted music on your computer available to anyone through the Internet without the permission of the copyright holder, you're stealing. And if you allow a P2P file-sharing network to use part of your computer's hard drive to store copyrighted recordings that anyone can access and download, you're on the wrong side of the law.  Having the hardware to make unauthorized music recordings doesn't give you the right to steal. Music has value for the artist and for everyone who works in the industry. Please respect that:  www.Musicunited.org 

The Recording Industry Association of America, Inc. (RIAA) is the trade association whose member companies create, manufacture, and distribute approximately 90% of all legitimate sound recordings sold in the United States. The RIAA is authorized to seek monetary damages from individuals who they believe are guilty of copyright infringement.  Students must not make, store, transmit or make available unauthorized copies of copyrighted material using Washington & Jefferson College's computers, networks or storage media. Further, students are not permitted to use peer-to-peer file transfer services or take other actions that may promote or lead to copyright infringement. If you have stored unauthorized copies of music, movies, software or other copyrighted works on your computer, you should delete those copies promptly.

Please see Washington & Jefferson College's Acceptable Use Policy which can be found here IT Services for more information. Students who infringe on copyright protected material or violate the Acceptable Use Policy are subject to loss of service and disciplinary action.  If you have concerns that you may be sharing unintentionally, please contact the help desk at helpdesk@washjeff.edu or by calling 724.223.6022.


We hope you have a productive and rewarding semester.   If you have any questions about this information, please contact Student Life at 724.223.1360.

The Office of Student Life


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