The Higher Education Opportunity Act

The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) requires all colleges and universities to make a good-faith effort to inform students of the provisions concerning unauthorized distribution or file sharing of copyrighted materials including music, movies, books. Specifically, the provisions require Sul Ross State University to:

  • Provide an annual disclosure to students informing them of federal copyright laws and explaining institutional policies and sanctions related to violations of copyright law

  • A plan to effectively combat the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material by users of the Sul Ross State University network

  • A plan to offer alternatives to illegal downloading or distribution

Sul Ross State University uses a “next generation” firewall with rules designed to identify and deny illegal file sharing. Users of any Sul Ross State University network, owned or leased, are required to adhere to Copyright & Intellectual Property Laws. Non-compliance can result in disciplinary action or loss of network connectivity. This includes unauthorized sharing of music, movies, games and other files over a Peer-to-Peer network. For more information, visit:

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) also reminds you of the following safety tips, which will help keep you safe online, and protect your data and computers:

  • Change your SRSU password often by visiting . A strong password consists of letters, numbers and symbols.

  • Never respond to an email request for your login, password, personal or financial information, even if the email appears to be coming from an official source.  OIT will not ask you to send such information in an email.  Emails threatening to suspend your account unless you send your credentials and personal information are scams called phishing.  Don’t fall for it. 

  • Update your personal machine anti-virus and anti-spyware regularly.

  • Think before you click on attachments in email, instant messages, and untrusted Web sites. If you don't know the source, weren't expecting a message, or if a message/Website looks suspicious, do not click and ABSOLUTELY DO NOT PROVIDE ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION! Verify the request first with a phone call or an independent email. One bad click can infect your computer, launch attacks on others, and result in network suspension until your machine is disinfected.