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Computer Use and Internet Policy

Computer Use Policy
Introduction

Bainbridge State College is committed to free/open inquiry and discussion, the advancement of learning, and the application of modern technology for personal and professional development. Students, faculty, staff and administration are encouraged to explore the capabilities of computing. Computing resources at Bainbridge State College are readily available in offices, laboratories, and the library.

Because the nature of academic computing tends to involve a personal relationship between the user and the computer, it is easy to forget that the user does have responsibilities to others in an open environment and to those who are providing the services being used. Therefore, the following are the policies for computer use at Bainbridge State College. While these policies are intended to comply with legal and University System requirements and to provide guidance to users, the constantly changing technical conditions in computing may require that many decisions affecting computer use may have to be made by knowledgeable people at the time they are needed rather than prescribed in advance. If these policies do not provide the necessary answers to questions, the user is advised to seek out one of the people who have assignments supervising computer resources.

Finally, these policies apply to all users of computer equipment at Bainbridge State College: faculty, staff, administration, students, and guests.

Computer Use Policies

1. Users in laboratory settings must be mindful of the other users in the laboratory:
a. Please maintain a quiet environment, unless providing instruction. Avoid disturbing others.
b. Please remember that some materials accessed may be offensive to others in the laboratory. Avoid commenting on or calling attention to what has been accessed.

2. Some materials are copyrighted. Users must get permission from the copyright holder AND either a faculty member or a computer services administrator before “downloading,” copying, installing, and/or using copyrighted material to or with College computer resources.

3. Users must do their own work:
a. Leave other users’ work alone. Avoid copying or deleting their work. This policy applies to files independently created and/or email messages. Under Georgia law, invading other users work, copying or deleting their work or creating the impression that they did the work when they did not are each punishable by $50,000 fines and 15 years imprisonment.
b. Some programs and laboratories require passwords. Users should keep their passwords to themselves. Avoid sharing passwords. Under Georgia law disclosure of passwords can be punished by $5,000 fine and 1 year imprisonment.

4. Please limit materials accessed (by disk or internet) to those items appropriate to classes, research, or writing of reports. Avoid using College resources for non-College purposes.

5. Leave things as you find them!
a. Follow proper shutdown procedures. If you are not sure what they are, ask.
b. Leave destructive programs such as viruses or “Trojan horses” at home.
c. Configurations are set up for the specific uses of classes or instructors. Leave system configurations as they are. Only selected members of the faculty/staff are permitted to reconfigure software or hardware on campus.

6. Users must back up their work to their own disks. It is not wise to try to store confidential work on College resources. These resources are not private. College authorities may review activity on email accounts. Similarly, other documents may be subject to the Georgia Open Records Act.

7. Use communications systems properly. Let others use communications without interference.

8. Users must check with and obtain permission from College authorities before connecting any computer to the College’s network(s), server(s), or individual workstations.

9. All users shall share computing resources in accordance with the policies set for the computers involved, giving priority to more important work or to those users who were “there first,” and cooperating fully with the other users of the same equipment.

10. While computing resources at Bainbridge State College generally are available, there are times when only authorized users are permitted.
a. Guests and visitors seeking to use Library, computer laboratory or Student Center computers must register with the appropriate official or have a faculty member arrange for usage prior to attempting to access computing resources. Some laboratories require all users to sign in.
b. Credit and non-Credit classes always have priority in laboratories. Computer labs have schedules posted providing information as to when or whether there are “open” times for non-class member users.
c. Misrepresentation of authorization, identity, or relationship with the College for the purpose of obtaining or using computer or network resources will lead to expulsion from the campus.

11. Think! If what you are sending using the college resources would embarrass you or hurt others – don’t send it. Avoid fraudulent, defamatory, harassing, obscene, or threatening messages or any communications you suspect may be prohibited by law. It is relatively easy to identify not only the institution but also the individual sending inappropriate messages.

12. Users must comply with the regulations and policies of news-groups, mailing lists, and other public forums through which they may disseminate messages.

13. Administrators of College systems will perform their duties fairly, in cooperation with the user community, the appropriate higher level administrators, University System polices, and funding sources. System administrators will respect the privacy of users as far as possible and will refer all disciplinary matters to appropriate authorities. Student violation of these policies will be considered a violation of the student conduct code.

14. A copies of these policies are available in computer laboratories and the College Library. Copies will be distributed to all faculty and staff. These policies should be included in all faculty and student handbooks. And they should be posted on the College gopher and www sites.

15. Students who feel they have been denied fair access to computing resources at Bainbridge State College should discuss the situation with the Vice President of Student Affairs.

Bainbridge State College Computer Acceptable Use Group

 

Computer Lab Policies

In using the computer lab facilities at Bainbridge State College, I agree to abide by the policies and procedures outlined below.

1. I agree that I am currently enrolled as a student at Bainbridge State College and understand that I may be asked to present a valid student ID card in order to use the computer facilities.

2. I agree to use the software on the machines only in the manner prescribed by my instructor. I further agree not to access those programs that may be on the machines that I have not been given explicit permission to use.

3. I agree to properly exit all programs and return the machine to the same operational state in which I found it. I understand that my instructor is responsible for providing this instruction.

4. I agree not to turn any of the equipment on or off unless specifically instructed to do so by my instructor.

5. I agree not to use any of the equipment or software in any way which might violate the terms of any software license agreement, or any applicable local, state, or federal laws.

6. I agree not to tamper with or attempt to modify any of the equipment to which I have access.

7. I agree not to take actions which might be considered inappropriate behavior. This includes, but is not limited to the following types of behavior.

a. attempting to access programs to which I am not authorized

b. deleting files which do not belong to me personally

c. intentionally infecting a workstation with a computer virus

d. bring food or drink into the computer labs

e. sending harassing material to other users, either within or outside of Bainbridge State College

f. viewing or printing any material, that might be construed as offensive to others

8. If I notice any problems with the equipment that I am using, I agree to make my instructor aware of the problem This includes, but is not limited to, the following:

a. printers that are out of paper or have a paper jam

b. machines that do not function in the manner in which I expect them to operate

9. I understand that violation of this agreement will result in punitive action. Any decision made in regard to a violation may be appealed through proper channels as outlined in the Student Handbook.

10. This agreement will remain in force as long as I make use of the computer facilities located at Bainbridge State College. By using these computer facilities, I agree to the terms and conditions of this agreement.

 

Web Policy
Introduction

Bainbridge State College recognizes the World Wide Web as an important electronic medium that will expand its instructional, administrative, and marketing functions. The purpose of the college web site is to further the mission of the college by providing an electronic information distribution and communication service. This policy page was created to clarify the responsibilities of those engaged in page construction and to promote accurate, useful, and attractive web pages. Bainbridge State College acknowledges that the Web is ever changing and that web policies will need to be continually reviewed and modified.
There are two major audiences for Bainbridge State College web pages: Internal users, primarily students, staff and faculty; and external users, including potential students and alumni. In addition, Bainbridge State College recognizes that the WWW audience is literally worldwide.

 

Web Policies

1. The official web site at Bainbridge State College is an open public document. Information that needs to be protected by password security should not be placed on any official college web page.

2. Individual home telephone numbers and home addresses, photographs, and personal information about an individual should only be published with the permission of the individual involved.

3. Official web pages found on the College Web site include a Home Page, Divisional Pages, Departmental Pages, and Information Pages. The three highest level pages should reflect a design consistency. This includes background, format, colors, minimal verbiage, and a table of contents. The first level is the BC home page, the second level is the divisional pages linked from the Home page, and the third level is departmental pages linked from the divisional pages. Official web pages should closely parallel information found in college publications. Fourth level pages and beyond do not need to strictly adhere to all the consistency standards of the first three levels. However, all official web page should meet the following minimum style and appearance standards: Style Standards · Pages will contain a link to the Home Page, to the designed top-level web page, and a forward and backward line. · Pages will contain a title. · Pages that require scrolling will have a Table of Contents (or some navigational menu). · Pages will stay current. · Pages will maintain high editorial standards and be factually accurate. · Each divisional and departmental page will contain a general description of the unit and contain an E-mail contact address. Pages will be consistent with the educational mission of the college. · Pages will follow the BC Computer Use Policy.

4. Bainbridge State College will not maintain individual student home pages. Student pages are allowable as classroom assignments under the supervision of the Instructor for that course.

5. A Web Policy Committee assigned by the President will meet annually to review web policies. This Web Policy was developed by the Web Policy Task Force in 1998. All Web activities must follow the policies of the University System of Georgia, Board of Regents.

 


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