SOFTWARE (MICROCOMPUTER) USE

No: S-49.5 (Rev.)

Date: December 19, 1997

Authority: UWM Administration


  1. The University does not condone the illegal duplication or use of software.

  2. The University legally licenses the use of software from many vendors and developers. It does not own this software or the related documentation. Unless specifically authorized by the vendor or developer, no one has a right to copy this software or documentation. Even a strict educational purpose is not reason for an exception.

  3. All employees (unclassified, classified, limited-term, student or contract temporary and students using university equipment) shall use software only in accord with the applicable license agreement. Only software used in accord with the applicable licensing agreement shall be run on University equipment.

  4. Violations of this policy are to be reported to the supervisor/department chair or the dean/division head or the Office of Legal Affairs.

  5. According to U.S. Copyright Law, illegal reproduction of software can be subject to civil damages of as much as $100,000 and criminal penalties, including fines and imprisonment. University employees who make, acquire or use unauthorized copies of computer software shall be disciplined as appropriate under the circumstances. Such discipline may include termination in accordance with relevant and appropriate university procedures. Students may be subject to sanctions in accordance with Chapter UWS 17, Wis. Admin. Code (non academic discipline).

  6. All people using personally-owned software on university computers are required to maintain ownership documentation for that software at the site where the computer is normally located and to provide such documentation upon request.