8.500 Computer/Network Acceptable Use for Faculty and Staff
Subject: Computer/Network Acceptable Use for Faculty and Staff
Date Adopted: September 22, 1999
National Park Community College's computing and telecommunication networks, computing equipment and computing resources are owned by the College and are provided primarily to support the academic and administrative functions of the College. Federal and state law, and College policies and procedures govern the use of these resources. Additional rules and regulations may be adopted by various division/departments to meet specific administrative or academic needs. Any adopted requirements must be in compliance with applicable federal and state laws, and this policy.
The College may monitor access to the equipment and networking structures and systems for the following purposes:
To ensure the security and operating performance of its systems and networks.
To enforce College policies.
The College reserves the right to limit access when federal or state laws or College policies are violated or where College contractual obligations or College operations may be impeded.
The College may authorize confidential passwords or other secure entry identification; however, faculty and staff have no expectation of privacy in the material sent or received by them over the College computing systems or networks. While general content review will not be undertaken, monitoring of this material may occur for the reasons specified above.
All material posted to or sent over College computing and other telecommunications equipment, systems or networks must be accurate and must correctly identify the creator (e-mail, etc., account owners must be identifiable).
Access to computing supported by NPCC is granted contingent on that access not being misused. If that access is misused, it can be withdrawn at any time. Further action may be taken as a result of serious offenses.
Privacy and Privilege
All Users must respect the privacy and usage privileges of others, both on the NPCC campus and at all sites reachable by NPCC's external network connections.
Users will not intentionally seek information on account passwords. Nor will they obtain copies of other Users passwords. Users will not modify files, data, or passwords belonging to other Users. Users will not develop, download, or execute programs for these purposes. Users must preserve and protect the privacy, dignity, wellbeing, and informed consent of all participants.
Security and Related Matters
No one shall:
Users shall use their accounts for the purposes for which they are established, as well as personal communications.
Enforcement and Sanctions
System administrators are responsible for protecting the system and users from abuses of this policy. Pursuant to this duty, system administrators may:
Any violation of this policy may result in the revocation or suspension of access privileges by the Department of Computing Services with review by the appropriate academic or administrative unit and/or law enforcement agencies if local, state, or federal laws may have been violated.
Home Pages, Lists, and Newsgroups
The College recognizes the value and potential of electronic communications and publishing on the Internet. Faculty and staff have the opportunity to produce, in a manner consistent with this code, departmental/individual World Wide Web pages through their College accounts. However, the College does not approve, preview, or censor these home pages and accepts no responsibility for their content, or for the content of electronic mail communications. Please refer to the Guidelines for Web Pages for more information.
Academic and administrative departments, registered campus organizations, and other entities may apply to the Department of Computing Services for account privileges to create a home page on the NPCC web server. The Department of Computing Services shall adopt rules and regulations concerning such accounts. The College does not allow the establishment of listservs or newsgroups using College computer resources at this time.
Computer Software Licensing
National Park Community College prohibits installation and use of computer software applications in any manner that violates the license agreements or copyright regulations, which accompany the particular application. Each faculty/staff member and student has a responsibility to comply with license agreements for particular software packages. The license agreement is the sellers' statement for compliance with copyright statues.
The Computer Resource Center will install only legally purchased/licensed software packages on the host systems, network servers, and individual microcomputers. Computer Services Department must be provided with proof of licenses (copy of license agreement, copy of purchase order or invoice) before any software will be installed. Computer Services Department will not knowingly provide support to applications in violation of the license agreement.
National Park Community College Software/Licensing/Installation Policy
All software media (CD and floppy diskette) and licenses purchased by Computer Services or by other college departments or programs for use in the Computer Resource Center or on networked computers for any purpose will be installed/maintained by the Computer Services Department.
No software or media will be loaned to anyone. If software for which Computer Services is responsible is needed anywhere on campus, Computer Services will schedule a time to install the software at the desired location.
Software to be installed in the Computer Resource Center or on the network must be received by the Computer Services Department 10 working days in advance of when it is needed. Computer Services will work with faculty when difficulties arise with software delivery, but we make no promises that the software will be available sooner then the 10-day period. Additionally, Computer Services will install and do general testing of the software, but it remains the responsibility of the faculty to test the software for proper operation prior to the first class meeting.
Computer Services staff will notify faculty of network modifications planned that could cause existing applications to function differently and that will need re-testing prior to the beginning of classes. Faculty are also responsible for instructing their students in the use of the software that is to be used in their classes and in the open lab. Lab staff will familiarize themselves with the operation of the required software and will participate in training offered by faculty so that they may better assist the faculty and students.
Additionally, without permission of the vendor, it is illegal and a violation of NPCC policy, for software purchased by NPCC to be installed on computers not owned by NPCC.
In support of this policy, copies of licenses for computer software programs installed in the Computer Resource Center shall be kept in the Computer Resource Center. Individual software program licenses should be maintained in the office of the department where the computer software program is used and shall be readily available for purposes of auditing and reference.
National Park Community College does not approve or condone the unauthorized copying of computer software programs for home or personal business use.
National Park Community College Hardware Purchasing and Installation Policy
All computer hardware and peripherals purchased by NPCC faculty and staff must be coordinated with and approved by the Director of Computing. Computer Services will make available and will assist in getting specifications for any hardware product needed. Any hardware purchase outside of Computer Services' recommendation will require support outside of Computer Services.