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Acceptable Use Policy

General Principles

Access to computer systems and networks owned or operated by Virginia Wesleyan College imposes certain responsibilities and obligations and is granted subject to college policies, and local, state, and federal laws. Acceptable use always is 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 and harassment. Violation of this or other policies as outlined in the Student or Faculty handbooks may result in the loss of network privileges.

The obtaining or distributing of material protected under United States or international copyright laws using electronic, paper or other media without the proper permission is illegal and can result in the loss of library, network or other privileges and can also result in criminal prosecution by the responsible authorities.

Guidelines

In making acceptable use of resources you must:

  • use resources only for authorized purposes.
  • protect your username, password and system from unauthorized use. You are responsible for all activities by your username or that originate from your system.
  • access only information that is your own, that is publicly available, or to which you have been given authorized access.
  • use only legal versions of copyrighted software in compliance with vendor license requirements.
  • be considerate in your use of shared resources. Refrain from monopolizing systems, overloading networks with excessive data, degrading services, or wasting computer time, connect time, disk space, printer paper, manuals or other resources.

In making acceptable use of resources you must not:

  • Connect any wired or wireless networking devices such as: servers, access points, hubs, routers, switches, etc... to the VWC network. If you wish to connect anything other than your laptop or desktop computer to the network, you must contact the Computer Services Help Desk at 455-3111 PRIOR to doing so.
  • use another person's system, files, or data without permission.
  • use someone else's name, username or password.
  • use computer programs to decode passwords or access control/security information.
  • attempt to circumvent or subvert system or network security measures.
  • engage in any activity that might be purposefully harmful to systems or to any information stored thereon, such as creating or propagating viruses, disrupting services, or damaging files or making unauthorized modifications to college data.
  • use college systems for commercial or partisan political purposes, such as using electronic mail to circulate advertising for products or for political candidates.
  • make or use illegal copies of copyrighted software, store such copies on college systems, or transmit them over college networks.
  • use mail or messaging services to harass or intimidate another person, for example, by broadcasting unsolicited messages, by repeatedly sending unwanted mail, or by using someone else's name, email address or username or general "spamming".
  • waste computing resources or network resources, for example, by intentionally placing a program in an endless loop, printing excessive amounts of paper, or by sending chain letters or unsolicited mass mailings.
  • use the college's systems or networks for personal gain; for example, by selling access to your userid or to college systems or networks, or by performing work for profit with college resources in a manner not authorized by the college.
  • use cordless phones or other electronic devices using the 2.4 GHz broadcast band that will interfere with the college's wireless network.
  • engage in any other activity that does not comply with the General Principles presented above.

Enforcement

The college considers any violation of acceptable use principles or guidelines to be a serious offense and reserves the right to copy and examine any files or information resident on college systems allegedly related to unacceptable use and to protect its network from systems and events that threaten or degrade operations. Violators are subject to disciplinary action as prescribed in the College Policies for Student Life, and employee handbooks. Offenders also may be prosecuted under laws including (but not limited to) the Communications Act of 1934 (amended), the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986, The Computer Virus Eradication Act of 1989, Interstate Transportation of Stolen Property, The Virginia Computer Crimes Act, and the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. Access to the text of these laws is available through the Hofheimer Library Reference Department.

Information Disclaimer

Individuals using computer systems owned by Virginia Wesleyan College do so subject to applicable laws and College policies. Virginia Wesleyan College disclaims any responsibility and/or warranties for information and materials residing on non-college systems or available over publicly accessible networks. Such materials do not necessarily reflect the attitudes, opinions, or values of Virginia Wesleyan College, its faculty, staff, or students.

No software is to be loaded onto or run on a College owned computer unless the College has purchased the software.

These guidelines should not be construed as a limit on any individual's right under the constitutions of the United States or the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Virginia Wesleyan College Computer Services

The information in this policy is the responsibility of the Computer Services department. Questions or complaints about possible violations should be sent to the Director of Computer Services with as much detail as possible. Questions about this page should be sent to webmaster@vwc.edu

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