Student Resources

The following resources are made available to all Criswell students to assist in the continued success of the educational journey.

Intellectual Property Statement/Academic Honesty

Criswell College makes no claim concerning intellectual property rights for faculty and therefore no claims for staff and students. Students should likewise make sure that all of their academic work is completed with academic honesty as published in the Academic Catalog and that their written work avoids plagiarism by giving credit to all sources in line with the practices published in the Criswell College Manual of Style.

Policy on Copyright Infringement and File Sharing

Students of Criswell College who engage in academic dishonesty will face academic consequences. In addition, unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject the students to civil and criminal liabilities. A summary of penalties for violation of federal copuright laws can be found in the Federal Student Aid Handbook or in the summary below:

Copyright infringement is the act of exercising, without permission or legal authority, one or more of the exclusive rights granted to the copyright owner under section 106 of the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code). These rights include the right to reproduce or distribute a copyrighted work. In the file-sharing context, downloading or uploading substantial parts of a copyrighted work without authority constitutes an infringement.

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, please see the Web site of the U.S. Copyright Office at: