AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine



Academic Support

AOMA HEOA Implementation Plan for Combating Illegal File Sharing

Compliance with the Peer-to-Peer Provisions of the HEOA
The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) Peer-to-Peer (P2P) provisions require universities to develop and implement "written plans to effectively combat the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material by users of the institution's network without unduly interfering with the educational and research use of the network." This document is AOMA's plan to satisfy this HEOA requirement.

Plan Outline

  • Introduction
  • Technology-Based Deterrents
    • DMCA Notice Response
  • Community Education and Annual Disclosure to Students
    • Mechanisms for Educating the Community
  • Legal Alternatives to Illegal File Sharing
  • Periodic Review of Plan and Assessment Criteria
    • Procedures
    • Assessment Criteria


I. Introduction

AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine is committed to upholding U.S. copyright law. As an Internet Service Provider under the meaning of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), AOMA does not monitor its networks for the purpose of discovering illegal activity. However, AOMA pursues a set of ongoing initiatives to ensure that copyright, particularly as it applies to digital assets, is respected within the Campus community. The initiatives at AOMA relevant to the HEOA are described as follows in this plan.

II. Technology-Based Deterrents

Under provisions of the DMCA and as a matter of AOMA policy, the University does not routinely search for illegal activity that may occur over its networks. AOMA employs a vigorous program of accepting and responding to DMCA notices

  • DMCA Notice Response

  • AOMA implements an active program for responding to copyright infringement allegations. The institution follows system-wide guidelines for complying with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) . In accordance with established procedures, AOMA has a DMCA agent and designated DMCA e-mail account, which are on file with the US Copyright Office. When AOMA receives DMCA notices of alleged copyright infringement, it ensures that the offending material is expeditiously removed from the network and the individual involved is appropriately addressed, as per the specifics of the case. Repeat offenders are blocked from using the network for a period of time.

III. Community Education an Annual Disclosure to Students

AOMA conducts an ongoing educational campaign to inform the AOMA community - especially students - about AOMA's commitment to upholding copyright law, deterring copyright infringement, and compliance with legal and regulatory requirements. These educational activities include the following:

  • Mechanisms for Educating the Community
  • Orientation. Illegal file sharing is addressed during student orientation sessions.
  • Acceptable use policy. Acceptable use policies define what activities are allowed or prohibited on the networks.
  • Common area activities. Fliers and posters are routinely posted containing advisories against copyright infringement.
  • Informational Web sites. Web sites such, advise students, campus staff, and the public about the AOMA's policies in this area.
  • Policy. AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine's Computer Use policy prohibits the use of AOMA's electronic communications resources for unlawful activities and requires adherence to applicable laws and AOMA policies regarding copyright.

IV. Legal Alternatives to Illegal File sharing

AOMA's Vice President of Operations is responsible for periodically reviewing and providing access to the AOMA community to legal options for obtaining electronic content, including movies and music. Currently, AOMA refers the campus community to the list of legal alternatives maintained by EDUCAUSE at

V. Periodic Review of Plan and Assessment Criteria

AOMA will conduct an initial review of its plan for combating copyright infringement. Subsequent reviews will be conducted on biennial basis. No single criterion is used to determine whether or not the plan is effective; a range of factors are considered in the context of the changing, external environment. The assessment may include the following considerations:

  • Periodic review and update of educational materials (Web, print, etc.) for user friendliness / clarity / organization / pertinence / accuracy.
  • Review of recidivism - whether there are few or many repeat offenders (in comparable circumstances) - and its causes.
  • Review of other institutions' practices to determine if there are different approaches worth exploring and that are appropriate to the campus's environment and policies.
  • Review of the technical, social, and legal trends that may alter the number of complaints received.