SOFTWARE (MICROCOMPUTER) USE
No: S-49.5 (Rev.)
Date: December 19, 1997
Authority: UWM Administration
- The University does not condone the illegal duplication or use of software.
- 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.
- 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.
- Violations of this policy are to be reported to the supervisor/department
chair or the dean/division head or the Office of Legal Affairs.
- 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
- 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.