File Sharing at ECU

File Sharing – Know the Rules

ECU blocks all file-sharing traffic on the university’s network. The term “file sharing” is described as the act of distributing or making available digitally stored material (e.g., music, movies, documents, photos, games, etc.) to other users on the Internet. File-sharing technologies are not in themselves illegal, but what you share may be. File sharing is NOT the ordinary sharing of files; instead, it is when you use specific software such as BitTorrent, uTorrent, or Vuze to distribute copyrighted material.

Illegally downloading copyrighted music, movies and other protected material via file-sharing programs can cost you your network access. You may even be subject to civil and criminal penalties ranging from $750 to $200,000 and up to 10 years of imprisonment. University employees who violate university computer-use policies will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal. Student violations are misconduct under the applicable student disciplinary code. Sanctions may include revocation of network access privileges in addition to other sanctions available under the regular disciplinary procedures.

Follow ECU’s student code of conduct ( computer use policies (, ECU copyright policies ( and federal copyright laws (

University Attorney Statement on Copyright:

Questions? Contact the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, 364 Wright Auditorium Annex, 252.328.6824.

File Sharing Exception Request

It is not our intention to disrupt legitimate file sharing. If you need to use software such as BitTorrent, uTorrent, or Vuze for legitimate business or academic purposes, you will need to submit a file-sharing exception request form through the IT Help Desk at Scroll to Governance & Compliance > Peer-to-Peer File Sharing > Request Service purple button on the right.

Legal Alternatives for Downloading

Amazon Instant Video Amazon Digital Music Disney Videos HBO GO Hulu Movies & TV
iTunes Netflix Movies & TV
Pandora Redbox Instant Walmart MP3 Music Downloads

Where to get movies and TV shows

Other legal sources of online content

WordPress blogs now only created upon request, Changes to ECU’s Buccaneer wireless network

January 5, 2014
Please take a few moments to read these important announcements from ITCS…


 WordPress blogs now only created upon request 

ECU WordPress blogs are no longer automatically created when a user logs into MyWeb the first time. Blogs will only be created upon request. To request a blog, please submit an IT Help Desk service request at 

Changes to ECU’s Buccaneer wireless network

On Sunday, January 4, 2015, ITCS began requiring users to have the Cisco NAC Agent installed on Windows computers prior to accessing network resources through the ECU BUCCANEER wireless network. 

This change has been implemented as a means to safeguard the ECU network, systems, and data against computer viruses and vulnerabilities. This software determines whether or not your system is up to date with critical updates to the operating system and if you have an acceptable antivirus application loaded with current virus definitions.
  • ECU-owned Windows mobile computers should have received the Cisco NAC Agent automatically through ITCS Desktop Technologies Support.
  • For personal Windows computers, the Cisco NAC Agent software is available via the ECU Download Center.
The software is not available for iPads, Windows Tablets, Google Chrome Books and Smartphones. These types of devices will be allowed access to the network without the software. 
Will this change the way I connect to the Buccaneer wireless network?
Upon connecting to the ECU BUCCANEER wireless network, the Windows user will be prompted to install the Cisco NAC Agent prior to accessing network resources through the ECU BUCCANEER wireless network if the agents is not already installed.
Once installed, the software will determine if you need to install critical updates to your operating system or current virus definitions to your Antivirus application. We encourage you to follow any recommendations to update your device(s); however, if you choose not to install updates at this time, you will still be able to connect to the Buccaneer network.
As of March 2015, you will be required to follow the Cisco NAC Agent recommendations and install critical updates to your operating system or current virus definitions to your antivirus application. 
More information and help 

You can connect to either the Pirates, Buccaneer, or Campus Living (residence halls) wireless network while on campus:.

  • connecting to Pirates will allow you to access ONLY the Internet and ECU Internet services like OneStop, Blackboard, the ECU Web site, Piratemail, Outlook Live student e-mail, ect.
  • connecting to Buccaneer and Campus Living will allow you to access the Internet AND internal university resources like direct access to personal departmental Piratedrives, ECU network printers and departmental systems, ect.

If you have any questions or experience any difficulties with the new wireless security service, please contact the IT Help Desk at 328.9866 or