Copyright Information

You may not copy or use any software, images, music, or other intellectual property (such as books or videos) unless you have the legal right to do so.

Educational institutions are not exempt from the laws covering copyrights. The software, images, music, and files available for use on computers at Western Seminary are protected by federal copyright laws. In addition, software, images, music, and files normally are protected by a license agreement between the purchaser and the software seller. It is Seminary policy to respect federal copyright and license protections.

  • Software and information resources provided through the Seminary for use by students, faculty, and staff may be used on computing equipment only as specified in the various software licenses. It is against Seminary policy for you to copy or reproduce any licensed software on Seminary computing equipment, except as expressly permitted by the software license.
  • You may not use unauthorized copies of software on Seminary-owned computers or on personal computers used in Seminary facilities.

Unauthorized use of software, images, music, or files is regarded as a serious matter and any such use is without the consent of Western Seminary. If abuse of computer software, images, music, or files occurs, those responsible for such abuse will be held legally accountable.

Discovery of first offense will be handled by instructor, and possibly in conjunction with department chair. By faculty action, the handling of an instance of cheating is the responsibility of the individual professor and his or her options range from forgiveness with no restitution necessary to failure on the test, assignment or course. As stated in course syllabi: "Research in secondary sources for the written project is permitted and welcomed. However, any appropriation of either ideas or wording taken from other sources, whether print or electronic, must be properly footnoted. Failure to do so constitutes plagiarism which can result in substantial grade reduction or failure. Any unauthorized copying or use of copyrighted materials, including downloaded files of various kinds, can result in criminal charges and fines. ..." 


All instances of plagiarism will be referred to Student Development Deans and reviewed on a case-by-case basis for additional student support. Refer to Cheating section of Student Handbook for additional information.