Because there are academic applications for peer-to-peer (p2p) file-sharing applications, Dominican does not ban them from its network at this time. However, if you participate in this kind of file-sharing activity, there are three things you should know:

Peer-to-peer Activity Uses a Disproportionate Amount of Network Resources

In an environment where we share network resources, disproportionate use of those resources is not fair to the community. P2p applications rank consistently as the second through fifth highest bandwidth consumers at Dominican. That means other network activities such as academic research and file transfers may be severely compromised as a direct result of p2p activity.

Copyright Laws Apply

If you're caught violating Federal copyright laws, you will be held liable. We will cooperate with the police and other agencies when required. If you're unsure whether a shared file is copyrighted or not, assume it is.

Personal Information and Data is at Risk

P2p applications copy files from unknown sources to your computer, setting you up as an easy target for hacking or computer viruses. If you use a p2p application and you don't use anti-virus software, you are operating in an unsafe computing environment. Also, an increasing number of p2p applications are installing spyware. Spyware collects personal data about you and sends it to third parties. Some spyware causes computer problems such as blocked Internet connections.