Computer Use and File Sharing Policy
Posted by Kristy Rhea on 14 June 2010 01:25 PM
Access to computer systems and networks owned by Bridgewater College, including information placed on or distributed through these systems and networks, imposes certain responsibilities and obligations on the user and is granted subject to College policies and local, state, and federal laws. Appropriate use is always ethical, reflects academic honesty, and shows restraint in the consumption of shared resources. It demonstrates respect for intellectual property, ownership of data, system security mechanisms, and individuals’ rights to privacy and to freedom from intimidation, harassment, and unwarranted annoyance.
In making appropriate use of resources you MUST:
In making appropriate use of resources you MUST NOT:
The College considers any violation of appropriate use principles or guidelines to be a serious offense and reserves the right to copy, examine, and remove any files or information resident on College systems allegedly related to inappropriate use. Students found in violation of these principles or guidelines may have some or all of their computer usage privileges suspended temporarily or permanently by the Director of Information Technology. The privilege of presenting material on the College web site can be revoked, with or without cause, at the College’s discretion. Web pages found in non-compliance may be removed immediately by the Web Manager upon failure to revise web pages and conform to these guidelines.
Violators are also subject to disciplinary action or other sanctions as prescribed in the Eagle, the Employee Handbook and the Faculty Handbook. Offenders may also be prosecuted under laws including (but not limited to) the Privacy Protection Act of 1974, The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986, The Computer Virus Eradication Act of 1989, the Interstate Transportation of Stolen Property, The Virginia Computer Crimes Act, Electronic Communications Privacy Act, and the Telecommunications Act of 1996.
Resources include, but are not limited to, terminals, laptop computers, workstations, printers and other computer systems.
Access to Files on College Information Systems by System Administrators
YOU HAVE NO EXPECTATION OF PRIVACY WITH RESPECT TO ANY WEBSITES YOU VISIT USING COLLEGE SYSTEMS OR NETWORKS, ANY MATERIALS OR CONTENT THAT YOU ACCESS OR TRANSMIT USING COLLEGE SYSTEMS OR NETWORKS, AND/OR ANY CONTENT WHICH YOU POST ON ANY COLLEGE WEBSITE. THE COLLEGE MAY MONITOR YOUR ACTIVITY ON COLLEGE SYSTEMS, NETWORKS AND WEBSITES AS IF WE BELIEVE IT IS NECESSARY TO INVESTIGATE ANY ALLEGED VIOLATION OF THIS POLICY OR TO ENFORCE THIS POLICY OR ANY OTHER COLLEGE POLICY. THE COLLEGE MAY REMOVE ANY CONTENT FROM ANY COLLEGE WEBSITE FOR ANY REASON AND WITHOUT NOTICE AND THE COLLEGE SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY TO YOU RELATING TO ITS REMOVAL OF ANY CONTENT FROM A COLLEGE WEBSITE.
College policy also allow system administrators to view any files, including e-mail messages, in the course of an investigation under the following circumstances: When necessary to identify or diagnose systems or security vulnerabilities and problems, or otherwise preserve the integrity of the IT systems; when required by federal, state, or local law or administrative rules; when there are reasonable grounds to believe that a violation of law or a breach of College policy may have taken place and access and inspection or monitoring may produce evidence related to the misconduct; when such access to IT Systems is required to carry out essential business functions of the College; or when required to preserve public health and safety. System administrators have as part of their jobs the authorization to do this and to treat any information on the system as confidential. A student is responsible for maintaining integrity of his or her computer files, computer printouts, and computer accounts. Computer files and passwords to computer accounts must remain confidential. Printouts from the computer must be collected promptly and kept private. They must not be left in computer labs or anywhere else where they might be seen or picked up by other students.
The College may amend or update this Policy from time to time in its sole discretion. The terms of this Policy that are in force as of the date of your use of College systems, networks or websites shall apply to such use.