Computer Technology Acceptable Use Policy
Last update: February 16, 2015 ShareThis

Students are expected to know the college's computer use policy and to follow said policy. Any student who violates that policy will be formally charged in writing by the Dean for Student Affairs.

Individuals are Fully Responsible for their own actions while using Calhoun Community College’s (Calhoun) “computer technology” (defined as Calhoun computers and computer-related equipment, programs, supplies, and network communications, including Internet access gained through Calhoun’s computer network). Users must respect the privacy and rights of others, and the integrity of both the hardware and software being used. Accordingly, users must assume responsibility for making the best possible use of access privileges and for not abusing them. Employee questions concerning access, acceptable and unacceptable use, should be directed to the Director of Information Technology. Student questions should be directed to the appropriate instructor or the Campus Dean or designee.

Limited Access: Calhoun reserves the right to limit the access of any and all employees to certain software programs or directories. Each user is provided with a certain access level. A user may not access a computer without authorization or exceed authorized access. A user’s activity is restricted to access of only those programs or directories in that user’s respective access level. Likewise, a user may not obtain access to another level by means of another user’s access. Any user who exceeds his/her respective level, assists another user to gain access to an otherwise inaccessible level, or allows another user to gain access to an otherwise inaccessible level will be held accountable for the violation of this policy. A user may not continue to enter an access level which was previously assigned to the user, but which

No user may knowingly:

Internet Access: Any employee or student access to the Internet through Calhoun’s computer network is limited to the acceptable use as set out below. Likewise, any employee or student who accesses the Internet through Calhoun’s computer network for an unacceptable use as defined above or causes an unacceptable result will be held accountable for the violation.

The use of the Internet must be in support of education, research, college-related service activities, or college administration and consistent with the mission of Calhoun Community College. Transmission of any material in violation of any federal or state regulation is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to: copyrighted material, threatening or obscene material, or material protected by trade secret. Any use of the Internet through Calhoun’s computer network for political advertisement or political lobbying is also strictly prohibited.

Users of the Internet through Calhoun’s computer network are expected to abide by the rules of network etiquette. Any swearing, vulgarities or other inappropriate language is prohibited. Users are also prohibited from revealing personal addresses or phone numbers of students or colleagues.

Users are hereby warned that electronic mail (e-mail) is not guaranteed to be private. People who operate the system do have access to all mail. Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities may be reported to the authorities.

Acceptable Use: It is acceptable to use Calhoun computer technology for purposes relating directly to education, educational research, college- related service activities, and administration of Calhoun.

Examples of acceptable use are:

Unacceptable Use: It is unacceptable to use Calhoun computer technology for any illegal purpose or to interfere with or disrupt other users, services or equipment. Such unacceptable use includes, but is not limited to, the following:

Access is a Privilege, Not a Right: Calhoun reserves the right to deny the privilege of the use of any or all types of computer technology to individuals who violate this Acceptable Use Policy. Users may also be held accountable for violations of Federal and/or Alabama Laws (i.e, Computer-Related Crime, etc.). Violations of this policy may result in the termination or suspension of employment, suspension of computing privileges, disciplinary review, any other forms of employee or student discipline, and/or financial restitution to Calhoun for any damages and costs related to inappropriate or unacceptable use, and/or criminal or civil legal action. Calhoun reserves the right to monitor, modify and/or delete any material posted on the Student Announcements and/or student e-mail account that is deemed to be inappropriate, in poor taste and/or not in keeping with the educational values of the College. Calhoun reserves the right to modify or clarify this policy at any time..

Computer Crimes: The Alabama Computer Crime Act, codified at Code of Alabama (1975) §§1 3A-8-101 - 13A-8-103, makes it a crime for a person to damage, or without authorization to modify, computer equipment, computer networks, and computer programs and supplies or without authorization to access, examine, or use computer data and programs, and provides for punishment up to a Class B Felony (imprisonment for 2-20 years and/or a fine up to $10,000 or double the damage or loss to the victim). Federal law also makes it a crime, without authorization, to access computers or computer networks devoted in part to Federal purposes. Any violation of such State or Federal laws respecting computers shall also constitute a violation of the Calhoun Computer Technology Acceptable Use Policy. Furthermore, this policy prohibits various actions (described above) which may or may not constitute a crime.

Revised August 2014