Policies and Procedures
FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS & PRIVACY ACT (FERPA)
In accordance with Public Law 93-380, Section 438 FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND
PRIVACY ACT, and Florida Statute s.229.782, students at Humboldt International University
have the right to inspect their educational records, correct such records if warranted, and
students are protected from the release of information without written consent. All students’
records are open for inspection and review by the student unless he or she waives the right.
New Professions Technical Institute, Inc. can have a student sign a complete release form for
records and other information, such as for prospective employers, or can have a student sign an
individual release form for each request of information. This information will be released from
the Director’s office, or designee only after the requestor has demonstrated a legitimate need to
have such information. This information is communicated thru the website and the catalog.
Copyright is legal protection for creative intellectual works, which is broadly interpreted to cover
almost any expression of an idea. Text (including email and Web information), graphics, arts,
photographs, video and other media types, music, and software are examples of the kinds of
works protected by copyright. The creator of the work, or sometimes the person who hired the
creator, is the initial copyright owner.
Copyright infringement (or copyright violation) is the unauthorized or prohibited use of works
covered by copyright law, in a way that violates one of the copyright owner's exclusive rights,
such as the right to reproduce or perform the copyrighted work or to do derivative works. It is
against policy for any student, faculty, staff member, consultant, contractor or other worker at
the institution to copy, reproduce, share, or distribute any software, music, games, or movies on
institution computing equipment except as expressly permitted by a software license or with the
written consent of the copyright holder or as otherwise allowed under federal law.
Willful infringement may subject a student or employee to discipline and can impact the privilege
to use information technology resources at the institution. Uploading or downloading works
protected by copyright without the authority of the copyright owner is an infringement of the
copyright owner's exclusive rights of reproduction and distribution. Even an innocent,
unintentional infringement violates the law. Anyone found to have infringed a copyrighted work
may be liable for statutory damages for each work infringed and, if the copyright owner proves
willful infringement, that amount may be increased for each work infringed. Besides, an infringer
of a work may also be liable for the attorney's fees incurred by the copyright owner to enforce
his or her rights. Penalties for copyright infringement include civil and criminal penalties. In
general, anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement may be ordered to pay either actual
damages or "statutory" damages affixed at not less than $750 and not more than $30,000 per
work infringed. For "willful" infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed.
A court can, in its discretion, also assess costs and attorneys' fees. For details, see Title 17,
United States Code, Sections 504, 505.
Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up
to five years and fines of up to $250,000 per offense. For more information on United States
copyright law, please consult the U.S. Copyright Office’s website at http://www.copyright.gov.