Computer Use and File Sharing Disclaimer

Standards and Policies Regarding Technology Use

Use of computer facilities

Access to computer systems and networks, including the information placed on or distributed through these systems and networks owned or operated by Roanoke College, imposes certain responsibilities and obligations on the user and is granted subject to College policies and local, state, and federal laws.

Appropriate use always is ethical, reflects academic honesty, and shows restraint in the consumption of shared resources. It demonstrates respect for intellectual property, ownership of data, system security mechanisms, and individuals' rights to privacy and to freedom from intimidation, harassment, and unwarranted annoyance.  For more information on this policy, please visit the IT website for full compliance regulations.

File sharing

Roanoke College's compliance with section 668.14 of the Higher Education Act of 2008, commonly known as the Peer-to-Peer Provision, includes compliance in five main areas (Technology Based Deterrents, Combat Infringements, Legal Alternatives, Communication and Periodic Review).  The Director of User Services in the Information Technology Department along with the Associate Dean for Student Life have developed a compliance policy to increase student awareness, educate students and hold them responsible for unauthorized downloading.


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (commonly referred to as the "Buckley Amendment" or "FERPA") is designed to protect the confidentiality of the records that educational institutions maintain on their students and to give students access to their records to assure the accuracy of their contents. The act affords you certain rights with respect to your education records. They are:

  1. Access to Education Records: the right to inspect and review your education records within 45 days of the day the College receives a written request for access, anytime after your matriculation.
  2. Request for Amendment of Education Records: the right to request amendment of your education records if you believe they are inaccurate or misleading.
  3. Disclosure of Education Records: the right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information in your education records, except to the extent that the act or any superseding law authorizes disclosure without your consent.
  4. Compliance: the right to contact the Family Policy Compliance Office with a complaint concerning the College's compliance with the requirements of the Buckley Amendment. For more information, contact the Registrar's Office.

Release of directory information

Roanoke College designates the following categories of student information as public or "Directory Information." The College may disclose such information at its discretion.  Examples of this information include name, enrollment status, address, majors, etc.  For a full list, please consult the Roanoke College webpage.

Requests for non-disclosure may be made by currently enrolled students. To withhold disclosure, written notification must be made to the Roanoke College Registrar's Office. Requests are in effect from the date received in writing from the student until rescinded in writing by the student. Students should understand that, by withholding directory information, some information considered important to students might not reach them.

Note: This policy does not include the release of any information regarding a student's grade point average or academic standing. Release of information of this type is only allowed with the written consent of the student by fax or letter.

The above policy is in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 and has been reviewed by a representative of the Family Policy Compliance Office of the U.S. Department of Education. Questions regarding this policy may be directed to the Registrar's Office.

Identity Theft

The risk to the College, its employees and students from data loss and identity theft is a significant concern to the College and can be reduced only through the combined efforts of every employee, student, and vendor.

The College developed and adopted this Identity Theft Prevention policy pursuant to the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) Red Flags Rule, which implements Section 114 of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003.  This program is to help protect employees and students from damages related to the loss or misuse of sensitive information.

This policy enables the College to protect existing employees and students, reducing risk from identity fraud, and minimizes potential damage to the College from fraudulent new accounts. The program will help the College identify risks that signify potentially fraudulent activity within new or existing covered accounts; detect risks when they occur in covered accounts; respond to risks to determine if fraudulent activity has occurred and act if fraud has been attempted or committed; and update the program periodically, including reviewing the accounts that are covered and the identified risks that are part of the program.

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