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How does ECU know I have downloaded music?

ECU does not scan your computer for illegally downloaded songs, movies, and games. The reports come from an outside company. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is a trade group that represents various organizations and individuals within the record industry. One of its main concerns is protecting copyrighted material, such as songs, from illegal use. In pursuit of that, the RIAA has contracted with a company, called Media Sentry, to monitor the trading of all of songs owned by its members.

Media Sentry searches for users who are illegally sharing songs owned by RIAA members. Just by simply right-clicking on a song entry, Media Sentry can see all songs a particular user is offering and his or her IP address. Although the specific person that an IP address belongs to is not public, the name of the Internet-service provider, such as ECU, is available from on-line databases. Media Sentry then notifies the University that someone is illegally sharing copyrighted files within its network and the company requests the removal of the materials. The notice includes the name of the song, the IP address, and the date and time Media Sentry detected it. ECU is then required to match the IP address to the student and to take appropriate action.

Using the University’s system to illegally share music (whether downloading or allowing others to download) is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. It is also a violation of the Computer Use Policy as well as of a federal law, called the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998. Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities staff meets with students, who are accused of illegally sharing copyrighted files, and discusses the Student Code of Conduct violation.

The best way to avoid violating the Student Code of Conduct is to always pay for your music!

Weapons are for my own protection. They're allowed right? No, they are not...

Creating a safe living and learning environment for students is vital to the academic mission of East Carolina University. The presence of weapons is incongruent to the mission of the University and therefore, not allowed on campus.  The weapons policy not only applies to students, but to all members of the ECU community. Violations of the weapons policy are taken very seriously by the University. A student found in possession of a weapon will face disciplinary action by the University as well as possible criminal prosecution.

Guns, rifles, pistols, and any other firearm or explosive are not allowed on property owned or controlled by ECU, or any other educational property in North Carolina. Students found in possession of these or similar weapons will face a minimum of suspension for one year for a first-time violation. Students found responsible for violating this policy for a second time will be expelled for the University of North Carolina (UNC) system.  That means they will not be able to attend any of the 16 institutions part of the UNC system.

Possession of weapons including but not limited to BB gun, air rifle, air pistol, bowie knife, dirk, dagger, slingshot, leaded cane, switchblade knife, blackjack, metallic knuckles, razors and razor blades and any sharp pointed or edged instrument is also a policy violation. Using any object to cause, threaten or injure another person is also a violation of this policy. Weapons policy violations of this nature may result in suspension for a minimum of one semester for a first time violation. Students who violate this policy for the second time will be expelled from the UNC system. Please note that many objects considered “toys” fall within this policy, including paintball guns or toy guns that work by air pressure.

In rare situations students may be authorized to have a weapon on campus. These instances include possession of weapons for educational and ceremonial purposes or as part of a school-approved program, such as ROTC. In these cases, the students must seek authorization from the Chief of the ECU Police Department. A student who has not sought authorization from the Chief and possesses a weapon on University grounds is violating this policy.

If you have a weapon on campus, remove it immediately. Return it home or give it to a trusted friend who lives off-campus for storage (make sure that the weapon is properly secured). If you cannot immediately remove the weapon from campus, you are expected to bring the weapon to the ECU Police Department until you are able to remove it from campus. If you are unsure whether an object is considered a weapon, contact the ECU Police Department (252-328-6787) or Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities (252-328-6824) for guidance.

Why shouldn't I share my prescription medicine with a friend? It can get you and your friend into trouble...

The Student Code of Conduct includes regulations about illegal use and misuse of drugs. Like illegal drugs, some prescription drugs (i.e., Ativan, Adderall, Xanax), are regulated by the State of North Carolina and, therefore, are included in the University’s drug policy. If you are using a prescription medication that is included in the drug policy, here are a few reminders:

  • The medication must be stored in its original container at all times. The container must indicate that the medicine was prescribed to you. You should never carry loose pills.
  • You should never give out your medication to other people or accept prescription medications not prescribed to you. This includes those prescription medications provided by your parent or other family member.
  • It is a serious violation of the Student Code of Conduct to be found in possession of prescription medications without a valid prescription or to share your medication with your friends or classmates. You could be suspended for this!

ECU has two levels of drug policy violations. Level I violations involve prescription drugs that are found in Schedules IIIIVV, and VI of the North Carolina general statues. Examples of drugs in this category include, but are not limited to, Ativan, Xanax, Klonopin, and anabolic steroids. A student found illegally possessing or using drugs at this level may receive probation for a minimum of one year, will have to go to counseling, in addition to other sanctions. Students found responsible for having a second Level I violation will likely be suspended.

Level II violations include prescription drugs indicated in Schedules I and II of the North Carolina general statues. Examples of common prescription medications in this category include but are not limited to Adderall, Oxycotin, Percoset, Vicodin and Ritalin. A student found responsible for illegally possessing or using these medications will face a minimum of one semester suspension for a first-time violation, attend counseling and take a drug test in addition to other sanctions. For subsequent violations the sanctions will likely increase in severity and may include expulsion from ECU and the University of North Carolina system. Students expelled from ECU are not allowed to attend ECU or any of the other 16 institutions part of the UNC system.

Students found responsible for selling or distributing Level I drugs may receive a minimum of one semester suspension for a first-time violation; incidents involving Level II drugs will likely result in expulsion. Distributing includes giving a pill to a friend or classmate. Your provider prescribed the medicine to you for a reason, and it is probably best that you take it the way it was intended to be taken.

The Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities is available to answer any questions regarding this, or any other, University policy.

If you or someone you know is struggling with drug abuse or misusing medication please seek help in the Center for Counseling and Student Development located in 137 Umstead Building (252-328-6661).