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Access to computer systems and networks owned or operated by Virginia Wesleyan College imposes certain responsibilities and obligations by faculty and staff as well as students enrolled in college classes. This access is granted subject to College policies, local, state, and federal laws. Systems and resources are provided primarily for academic use. Network usage for other activities such as personal communications, gamming or entertainment may be prioritized to ensure we meet our academic goals.
Acceptable use is always ethical, reflects academic honesty, and shows restraint in the consumption of shared resources. It demonstrates respect for intellectual property, ownership of intellectual property, 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/Employee handbooks may result in the loss of network privileges. In addition, 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 may also result in criminal prosecution by the responsible authorities.
Connecting a personal device to the Virginia Wesleyan College network, either by direct Ethernet connection or via our wireless (802.11) network obligates the owner/user to comply with this “Acceptable Use” policy. By connecting your device (phone, computer, tablet, smart TV or gamming console) to the VWC network we will be able to monitor the usage and content of messages and web sites visited. Although we do not routinely examine the content of this activity we are constantly monitoring the overall usage of the network to improve the services to the community. Specific investigation of content may be done as directed by law and/or to protect the institution or individuals involved.
In making acceptable use of resources you must:
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.
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.
The information in this policy is the responsibility of the Computer Services department. Questions or complaints about possible violations should be sent to the Chief Technology Officer with as much detail as possible. Questions about this page should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.