806 Use of Software and Hardware

Pr-806.1 College e-mail, computers, and networks may be used only for legal, authorized purposes. Occasional, brief personal use is permitted. Unauthorized or illegal uses include but are not limited to:
  • Use that violates any federal or state law;
  • Unauthorized access to files or computer resources (including remote computer systems);
  • Copying, revising, damaging, removing, or distributing programs or data, or any other user’s programs or data without the express permission of the owner;
  • Activities that disrupt normal computer/network use and services including, but not limited to:
    • Propagation of computer viruses
    • Sending chain letters or unauthorized mass e-mails
    • Unnecessary printing or other network traffic
  • Damaging or altering college computer equipment or supplies;
  • Use that is harmful or harassing to other users;
  • Introduction of any unacceptable information onto the administrative or academic systems and applications. Unacceptable types of information include:
    • Information that infringes on the rights of others
    • Information that is abusive, profane, or sexually offensive
    • Information that may injure another or lead to a lawsuit; such as pirated software, destructive software (including computer viruses), pornography, libelous statements, unauthorized copies of licensed software, or copyrighted media files
    • Advertisements for commercial enterprises.
    • Software programs not approved by a director of IT.
  • Use of college computing resources for personal or monetary gain;
  • Access to the College’s network resources via any unauthorized device;
  • Violation of regulations as stipulated in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and College Board Policies and Procedures.
Pr-806.2 Software must only be installed by authorized IT staff.
Policy Code Key
P Policy PR Procedure D Definition S Supplement

Content Owner: Donna Davis— ddavis@stchas.edu
Page Updated by: Jessica Trimborn
Date Issued: 07/30/07
Date Revised: 04/21/2010