Privacy & Copyright Policies

Our supportive staff and faculty help facilitate a student’s experience while attending Cosmix. Student services are shared among the entire staff. This includes helping with student’s special needs (i.e. providing information about housing, transportation, child care, etc.) or arranging tutoring or testing. Cosmix can assist students in finding roommates and suitable housing, although the Institute does not own housing facilities.

Privacy & Student Information Release Policy The Privacy Act of 1974 prohibits the release of privileged and confidential information concerning individual students unless authorization is received by the student and/or guardian (if the student is a minor) for each third party request. The school form may be used for this purpose. It is the school’s policy that no information is released without written authorization by the student, with the exception of a parent who claims the student on their Federal tax return. The school will release information to any federal, state or local official, auditor, or accrediting body having the authority to request such information. Upon request a student will be scheduled time to review or give permission to an outside individual to review his/her student records. These records may include academic, financial aid and advisement records. A student may not review income and asset information on parents in the file without written consent of the parents. Cumulative education records are maintained for each student for a minimum of 5 years after graduation or termination.

Copyright Infringement Policy

Summary of Civil and Criminal Penalties for Violation of Federal Copyright Laws

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. The U.S. Copyright Office provides additional information on copyright law and criminal penalties.