Acceptable Use Policy
It is the policy of North Central Missouri College to maintain access to local, national, and international sources of information and provide an atmosphere that encourages free exchange of ideas and optimized learning. Use of the College’s electronic information systems is a privilege and not a right. Users must respect the rights of other users, respect the integrity of the systems and related physical resources, and comply with all relevant laws, College policies and procedures, and contractual agreements.
The College network is defined to include any and all computer and electronic based communication facilities (voice, data, and video) and/or equipment which are owned or operated under the supervision of North Central Missouri College.
Criminal or Illegal Acts
Electronic information systems of the College, which include hardware, software, and network environment, shall not be used for illegal or criminal activities. Such activities may involve, but are not limited to, unauthorized access, intentional corruption or misuse of resources, theft, defamation, obscenity, pornography, child pornography, and harassment based upon ethnicity, disability, age, religion, or sex. The College will cooperate with all branches of law enforcement (local, state, federal, or international) in investigations of a criminal nature by making available transmissions and files within the College’s network.
North Central Missouri College treats copyright infringement very seriously. It is illegal to violate the copyright law, including downloading or sharing music and videos without permission from the copyright owner. Copyright owners have begun using software to aggressively search for people who are providing copyrighted materials to others over the Internet without the copyright owner’s permission.
Copyright infringement is the act of exercising, without permission or legal authority, one or more of the exclusive rights granted to the copyright owner under section 106 of the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code). These rights include the right to reproduce or distribute a copyrighted work. In the file-sharing context, downloading or uploading substantial parts of a copyrighted work without authority constitutes an infringement.
Acceptable and Unacceptable Uses
Acceptable and unacceptable uses of College electronic information systems are outlined below. Note: this list is not all inclusive.
- A means for authorized users to have legitimate access to email, network resources, and/or Internet access
- Any use necessary to complete research or coursework assigned to a College employee or student
- Communication for professional development
- Other administrative and/or academic communications or activities in direct support of College projects and missions
- Limited personal use may be allowed when such use meets the following criteria: it does not interfere with College operations, it does not compromise the functioning of the College network and computing resources, it does not interfere with the user’s employment or other obligations to the College, and it does not violate any other laws, regulations, or College policy.
- Legally obtaining music and watching movies from sites such as but not limited to iTunes, Napster, Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, Rhapsody and MusicMatch. Note: There are versions of software that can be purchased which claim to offer free downloads. Please understand that free does not mean legal. You are purchasing an enhanced version of the software, not the right to download copyrighted material.
- Any commercial or for-profit use
- Attempting to gain or gaining unauthorized access to the computer system or files of another
- Including use of another individual’s identification, network, email or other College-based account and/or related passwords
- Any use that causes unauthorized network disruption, system failure, or data corruption
- Any use related to achieving, enabling, or hiding unauthorized access to network resources, College-owned software, or other information belonging to North Central Missouri College
- Unauthorized or excessive personal use
- Use of computing facilities or network resources to send obscene, harassing, abusive, or threatening messages or computer viruses or worms
- Use of all peer to peer file sharing
- Use of all peer to peer file sharing sites such as Bittorrent, Limeware. Shareaza, Kazaa, iMesh, Bearshare, and eMule.
User Responsibility and Account Ownership
Users may not allow other individuals to use their College-assigned network, email, or other College-based account. Employees and students are individually responsible and accountable for the proper use of their assigned accounts. Users should take proper security measures to ensure the integrity of their accounts and should also report any notice of unauthorized access. All network shares on individual’s computers must be properly password protected. The college will use email to communicate important information, so all users are encouraged to check their email on a regular basis.
North Central Missouri College is required by contract with MOREnet to abide by and therefore enforce their policies and procedures. For more information about MOREnet’s policies, procedures, and security measures, visit the following website: http://www.more.net/?q=content/service-policies.
User Conduct and Sanctions
Abuse of the College’s electronic information system or violation of any local, state, or federal telecommunication law or regulation, or College policy, is not allowed and may subject the individual to criminal, civil, and institutional penalties and liabilities.
Penalties for violation of college policies including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, illegal downloading or unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material using the College’s information technology system can include, but not be limited to, loss of all College computer network privileges, probation, suspension from the College, and/or referral to law enforcement for prosecution, including criminal or civil action. Employees can also be subject to termination.
Penalties for violation of federal copyright laws and copyright infringement include civil and criminal penalties. In general, anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement may be ordered to pay either actual damages or “statutory” damages affixed at not less than $750 and not more than $30,000 per work infringed. For “willful” infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed. A court can, in its discretion, also assess costs and attorneys’ fees. For details, see Title 17, United States Code, Sections 504, 505. Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up to five years and fines of up to $250,000 per offense. For more information, visit the US Copyright Office at: www.copyright.gov/
I have read the above and agree to the terms and conditions of the Electronic Information System Use Policy. I will also provide current virus protection and necessary updates for my PC.