950  Computer Software

Approved by President
Effective Date: June 5, 2017
Responsible Division: Information Technology
Responsible Office:  Information Technology
Responsible Officer: 
Vice President for Information Technology

Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU or University), in purchasing computer software, commits to specific licensing agreements. MTSU does not own this software or its related documentation and may only use it for the purposes stated in the licensing agreement. Therefore, misuse or unauthorized uses, including duplication of licensed software for backup or archival purposes or duplication of related documentation, may be a violation of United States Copyright Law.

MTSU faculty, staff, students, and guests shall use computer software only in accordance with the terms of the license agreement. MTSU does not condone or support the use of any unauthorized copies of software. All software acquired to run on MTSU computers shall be purchased through appropriate procedures.

Anyone who makes, acquires, or uses illegally reproduced software can be subject to civil and criminal penalties, including fines and imprisonment. Further, faculty, staff, or students who violate this policy will be subject to appropriate University disciplinary actions, up to and including termination of employment for faculty and staff, and dismissal from the University for students.

Forms:  none.

Revisions: none.

Last Reviewed: May 2018.

References: United States Copyright Law.