Computing and networking resources are provided to Carroll College students, faculty, and staff to further the educational goals of the college, increase productivity, and ensure better communication regarding college matters. Technology resources consist of all college-owned computers, telephones, printers, photocopiers, servers, network devices and telecommunication devices. This policy governs the use of all campus technology including printing, e-mail, web, discussion boards and any other activity that utilizes a Carroll technology resource.
It is the responsibility of all those who use Carroll’s technology resources to:
Computing resources are limited. How each individual uses them may impact the work of other members of the community and beyond, as our campus network is connected to other networks worldwide. It is important that all users be aware of their individual obligations and of what constitutes proper use and behavior. The following information outlines the use, guidelines, prohibitions, and violation policy of Carroll's Acceptable Use Policy. All questions and concerns should be sent to the Director of Campus Computing & Information Technology (CCIT), Loretta Andrews, (406) 447-4508, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carroll's Technology resources are to be used only for legitimate and substantial educational and business purposes. The use of the Carroll College academic computing facilities is available to all registered students, faculty, and staff in support of the regular curricular and administrative functions of the College. Users are expected to use this privilege in a manner consistent with existing college policies and as specifically addressed in this Acceptable Use Policy. All campus computing and telecommunications systems are owned by the college and the type of activities that take place on them are determined by the administration of the college.
Any Carroll College full-time or part-time student, faculty or staff may use Carroll's computer and telecommunications systems for any academic and administrative purpose. Personal use is also permitted unless specifically prohibited in this document. College business and academic use take priority over personal use. CCIT will notify users if a need exists to limit personal use of resources to non-peak periods. No special permission is needed, nor are there any charges for use of computer time in the labs. Users are responsible for all charges incurred while using Carroll’s computer and telecommunication systems for personal use. No employee or student may use Carroll technology resources for profit-making ventures or on behalf of external organizations or persons unless such use is directly related to Carroll courses or to faculty/staff research or professional development. Use of the Administrative Software System is restricted to faculty and staff use only and only with permission from the Director of CCIT.
CCIT reserves the right to monitor network account activity to maintain system security, or to investigate reasonable suspicion of policy violations. Users should not presume the privacy of electronic communications.
Specific guidelines include, but are not limited to the following:
Carroll College is not responsible for any fines or legal fees that may result from use or misuse of the college’s technology resources.
Technology resource users may not attempt to gain access to college computer systems (from on or off campus), files, messages, communications, or documents of others unless they have a legitimate reason to do so. Accessing systems, files, messages, communications, or documents of others without a legitimate reason is inappropriate and is prohibited.
Technology resource users may not deliberately disrupt the performance of a computer system or a network, or attempt to "break" system security. This includes reconfiguring a system to make it unusable for others, or attempting to destroy or alter data or programs belonging to other users.
Specific prohibitions include, but are not limited to the following:
To protect the interests of students, employees and the College, Carroll reserves the right to monitor, retrieve, and/or store any material in the computer and networked resource systems of the College. Employees and students should assume that the contents of any message, document, or other matter sent through any Carroll system may be seen by Carroll administration and others with a legitimate need to know. Carroll reserves the right to access and disclose, for legitimate business, educational and/or legal reasons, any message, document, or other matter sent through the Carroll system.
All academic and administrative departments are asked to use the attached guidelines when planning for new technology or upgrading existing technology in their departments. Technology consists of all computers, computer peripherals (drives, scanners, etc.), network devices (such as printers), software, web pages and web-based technology, and telecommunications. The goal of the Technology Planning Guidelines is to assist Carroll faculty and staff with the processes for obtaining resources to implement information technology that enhances the learning and work environment.
Violation of the acceptable use policy may result in disciplinary action, as appropriate, including the immediate suspension of system use privileges, with referral to appropriate college or criminal authorities for consideration of other penalties. Alleged violations involving students will be documented in an incident report and forwarded to the student discipline process. The CCIT Director will notify students if they have violated this policy. Depending upon the severity of the violation, the Director of CCIT may revoke computer services. This decision may be appealed to the Vice President of Student Affairs. Alleged violations by college employees will be forwarded to the appropriate administrator for investigation and, if determined necessary, disciplinary action. These policies are intended to work in conjunction with existing policies within the Carroll College Student Guide, the Student Handbook, the Carroll College Catalogue, the Staff Handbook, and the Faculty Handbook that also can be applied toward enforcement of responsible computing resources use.