Student IT Policy

SECTION ONE - PURPOSE
A. To remain competitive, better serve and provide our students with the best tools to do their academic work, Cisco Junior College makes available to our students access to one or more forms of electronic media and services, which may include computers, e-mail, telephones, voicemail, fax machines, external electronic bulletin boards, wire services, online services, intranet, Internet and the World Wide Web.

B. Cisco Junior College encourages the use of these media and associated services because they can make communication more efficient and effective and because they are valuable sources of information. However, all students and everyone connected with the college should remember that electronic media and services provided by the college are college property and their purpose is to facilitate and support school business. All computer users have the responsibility to use these resources in a professional, ethical, and lawful manner.

C. To help all students make responsible decisions, the following guidelines have been established for using e-mail and the Internet. No policy can lay down rules to cover every possible situation. Instead, it is designed to express Cisco Junior College philosophy and set forth general principles when using electronic media and services.

SECTION TWO - PROHIBITED COMMUNICATIONS
Electronic media cannot be used for knowingly transmitting, retrieving, or storing any communication that is:

  1. Discriminatory or harassing;
  2. Derogatory to any individual or group; 
  3. Obscene, sexually explicit or pornographic;
  4. Defamatory or threatening;
  5. In violation of any license governing the use of software; or
  6. Engaged in for any purpose that is illegal or contrary to Cisco Junior College’s policy or business interests.

SECTION THREE - PERSONAL USE
The computers, electronic media and services provided by Cisco Junior College are primarily for academic use to assist students in the performance of their studies. Limited, occasional, or incidental use of electronic media (sending or receiving) for personal, nonacademic purposes is understandable and acceptable, and all such use should be done in a manner that does not negatively affect the systems' use for their intended purposes. However, students are expected to demonstrate a sense of responsibility and not abuse this privilege. See section four for additional information.

SECTION FOUR - ACCESS TO STUDENT COMMUNICATIONS
A. Generally, electronic information created and/or communicated by a student using e-mail, word processing, utility programs, spreadsheets, voicemail, telephones, Internet and bulletin board system access, and similar electronic media is not reviewed by the college. However, the following conditions should be noted:

Cisco Junior College does routinely gather logs for most electronic activities or monitor student communications directly, e.g., sites accessed, upload/download content, and time at which transfers are made, for the following purposes:

  1. Cost analysis; 
  2. Resource allocation;
  3. Optimum technical management of information resources; and
  4. Detecting patterns of use that indicate students are violating company policies or engaging in illegal activity.

B. Cisco Junior College reserves the right, at its discretion, to review any student's electronic files and messages to the extent necessary to ensure electronic media and services are being used in compliance with the law, this policy and other college policies.

C. Students should not assume electronic communications are completely private. Accordingly, if they have sensitive information to transmit, they should use other means.

SECTION FIVE - SOFTWARE
To prevent computer viruses from being transmitted through the school's computer system, unauthorized downloading of any unauthorized software is strictly prohibited. Only software registered through Cisco Junior College may be downloaded. Students should contact the system administrator if they have any questions.

SECTION SIX - SECURITY/APPROPRIATE USE
A. Students must respect the confidentiality of other individuals' electronic communications. Except in cases in which explicit authorization has been granted by school administration, students are prohibited from engaging in, or attempting to engage in:

  1. Monitoring or intercepting the files or electronic communications of other students or third parties; 
  2. Hacking or obtaining access to systems or accounts they are not authorized to use; 
  3. Using other people's log-ins or passwords; and
  4. Breaching, testing, or monitoring computer or network security measures.

B. No e-mail or other electronic communications can be sent that attempt to hide the identity of the sender or represent the sender as someone else.

C. Electronic media and services should not be used in a manner that is likely to cause network congestion or significantly hamper the ability of other people to access and use the system.

D. Anyone obtaining electronic access to other companies' or individuals' materials must respect all copyrights and cannot copy, retrieve, modify or forward copyrighted materials except as permitted by the copyright owner. Respect for the intellectual work of others has traditionally been essential to the mission of colleges and universities. We do not tolerate plagiarism, and we do not condone unauthorized copying of software, including programs, applications, databases and code.

SECTION SEVEN - PARTICIPATION IN ONLINE FORUMS
A. Students should remember that any messages or information sent on school-provided facilities to one or more individuals via an electronic network—for example, Internet mailing lists, bulletin boards, and online services—are statements identifiable and attributable to Cisco Junior College.

B. Cisco Junior College recognizes that participation in some forums might be important to the performance of a students research.

SECTION EIGHT - VIOLATIONS
Any student who abuses the privilege of their access to e-mail or the Internet in violation of this policy will be subject to corrective action, including possible termination of enrollment, legal action, and criminal liability.

SECTION NINE - STUDENT AGREEMENT ON USE OF E-MAIL AND THE INTERNET
I have read, understand, and agree to comply with the foregoing policies, rules, and conditions governing the use of the schools computer and telecommunications equipment and services. I understand that I have no expectation of privacy when I use any of the telecommunication equipment or services. I am aware that violations of this guideline on appropriate use of the e-mail and Internet systems may subject me to disciplinary action, including termination from enrollment, legal action and criminal liability. I further understand that my use of the e-mail and Internet may reflect on the image of Cisco Junior College. Furthermore, I understand that this policy can be amended at any time.

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