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4.08 Computers and Acceptable Use - Students

Chapter Four: Student Services

Procedure Title: Computers and Acceptable Use – Students
Based On: Board Policies 1 and 2
Procedure Number: 4.08
Date Adopted/Revised: June 25, 2001; November 21, 2006; May 15, 2007; May 17, 2010
I. South Arkansas Community College provides computer technology, including Internet access, for educational purposes and to facilitate other activities necessary for the efficient operation of the institution. The College intends that this technology will be used in a manner which:
A. Is conducive to learning
B. Is free of illegal acts
C. Shows respect for the rights and dignity of others
II. The intent of this policy is to define broad categories of use that are not acceptable, not to provide an exhaustive list of inappropriate or unacceptable uses. Based on the guidelines in this policy, South Arkansas Community College officials may at any time make determinations that specific uses are or are not appropriate or acceptable.
III. It is not acceptable to use the College’s computer equipment or facilities to:
A. transmit or receive materials for any illegal purpose or act;
B. transmit or receive harassing, indecent, obscene, discriminatory, or fraudulent materials or messages;
C. transmit or receive any materials in violation of either state or federal laws (e.g., copyright laws);
D. send fraudulent or forged email messages using the account of another person;
E. use the account or password assigned to another person to gain access to college equipment, files, or the network;
F. damage, destroy, interfere with, or disrupt the operation of College owned and operated programs and/or equipment;
G. use technology for any partisan political purposes; and/or
H. use technology for any commercial pursuits or activities.
IV. The use of South Arkansas Community College computer technology is a privilege extended to all users, including faculty, staff, administrators, and students. Inappropriate or unacceptable use of this technology may result in loss of this privilege.
A. College agents may monitor information on the College computer network or on individual computers or computer systems; complaints of possible inappropriate or unacceptable use will be investigated. If faculty members, computer systems administrators, or other administrative staff, in the performance of their duties, discover something which in their opinion, is a flagrant violation of acceptable use policy, those persons have authority to immediately suspend the computing privileges of the offender pending a formal investigation by the Chief Information Officer.
B. Complaints regarding violations of acceptable use policy should be addressed to the Chief Information Officer.
C. In investigating such complaints, the Chief Information Officer will consult with appropriate College officials.
D. Following the investigation of a complaint, the Chief Information Officer will inform the complainant of the results of the investigation and explain what action, if any, was taken by the College.
E. The results of this investigation will be turned over to the Vice President for Student Services for disciplinary action, if appropriate.
V. In resolving complaints of unacceptable use the College may invoke sanctions against the offender, which may range from verbal warnings to expulsion or suspension for students, depending on the circumstances of each incident.
VI. Students who believe they have been treated unfairly may appeal through the appropriate appeals procedures set forth in the College Catalog and Student Handbook.
VII. South Arkansas Community College makes absolutely no warranties of any kind, either express or implied, for the services it provides.
A. The College will not be responsible for any damages suffered by users. This includes, but is not limited to, any loss of data that results from delays, non-deliveries, mis-deliveries, or service interruptions caused by either its own negligence or user errors and/or omissions.
B. Any and all use of any of the information obtained via the Internet is at the user’s own risk. South Arkansas Community College specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy and/or quality of any information obtained through its Internet services.
VIII. The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless South Arkansas Community College, the College Board of Trustees, individual trustees, agents, and employees of the College from and against any claim, lawsuit, cause of action, damage judgment, loss, expense, or liability resulting from any claim, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, arising out of or related to the use of the College’s hardware, software, and network facilities. This indemnity will include, without limitation, those claims based on trademark or service mark infringement, trade name infringement, copyright infringement, defamation, unlawful discrimination or harassment, rights of publicity, and invasion of privacy.