using college-owned computing equipment can expect the college to take
reasonable steps to ensure the security and integrity of information kept in or
on, or transmitted by, that equipment. At the same time, the college reserves
the right to protect the integrity of its computing enterprise. The privacy
rights of individuals using college-owned equipment, therefore, have some
limits. In particular, the college claims the following rights:
- The right to monitor the volume (but
not the content) of information communicated on campus networks.
- The right to audit for the presence of
commercial software packages installed on its computing equipment.
- The right to examine, under specific
instances where there is evidence that a violation of computing use regulations
has occurred, the content of data, text, images, and/or executable computer
- The right to implement procedures to
protect the integrity of the systems and networks (e.g. virus
The college cannot guarantee the
security of individual offices nor can it guarantee any piece of equipment
against failure. It is therefore the responsibility of the user to ensure that
data and other valued information assets are adequately backed up and
Computer networks are not secure. Although it
is counter to policy for an unintended recipient to deliberately read another
person’s electronic communications, the college cannot guarantee that
an electronic message will not be read or examined by an unintended recipient,
either on or off campus. It is therefore recommended that computer networks not
be used to transmit information which is confidential, sensitive, or for which
privacy rights might be a concern.
Official servers (email, web,
nameservice, etc.) follow guidelines designed for that specific type of service
and are approved by the college. Private servers are not prohibited, but must
abide by standard college policies. Excessive use of resources (e.g. high
network use or server utilization, and/or denial of services to others) will be
subject to review and limits may be imposed. Misuse could result in denial of
Failure to comply with guidelines
for acceptable use of computer resources will normally result in a warning.
Serious or multiple infractions of computer use policies may result in
sanctions by the college. The due process rights of individuals in cases of
possible infractions are the same as for non-computing violations of college
regulations, and are described in the relevant handbooks. Some computer-use
infractions may violate local, state, or federal law; civil and/or criminal
sanctions may be independently applicable.