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UWS Copyright Statement

University of Western States supports and encourages the legitimate use of educational materials to enhance the teaching, learning, and research activities of the university and its students. Textbooks, reference works, journal articles, computer software, databases, media, and electronic documents are protected by copyright law. A teacher or student must either establish fair use by means of the fair use guidelines or have an express or implied license to use copyrighted material, or online services, as defined by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (

Students, faculty, and staff are responsible for understanding how copyright law applies to the use of both electronic and printed resources and media. Plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited by the University as outlined in Policy 9001- Student Conduct.

Downloading and/or distributing copies in physical or electronic form without current license or permission from the copyright owner or agent, that exceeds fair use guidelines, is illegal. UWS will cooperate with copyright holders to identify individuals who violate the lawStudents, faculty, and other campus users of copyrighted materials should refer to the website and Policy 1605 – Use of Copyrighted Works in Education and Research for further information.

 If you have questions or would like additional information about establishing fair use or copyright compliance, please contact the UWS Library. Faculty should also go the library’s Copyright Services page.