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Internet Acceptable Use Policy

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INTERNET ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY CONDITIONS AND RULES FOR USE

1. Acceptable Use - The purpose of Internet is to facilitate communications in support of research and education by providing access to unique resources and an opportunity for collaborative work. To remain eligible as a user, the use of your account must be in support of and consistent with the educational objectives of BCC. Use of the Internet is for academic purposes only.

Transmission of any material in violation of any United States or state regulation is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, copyrighting material, threatening or obscene material, or material protected by trade secret. Use for commercial activities is prohibited. Use for product advertisement or political lobbying is also prohibited.

2. Privilege - The use of Internet is a privilege, not a right; it is to be used for academic purposes only. Inappropriate use, including any violation of these conditions and rules, may result in cancellation of the privilege, as well as possible civil and/or criminal sanctions. The account holder or user is solely responsible for any and all materials viewed, stored, or transmitted from BCC-based computers. BCC expects, however, that all account holders or users will comply with all College rules and regulations related to Internet use, as well as applicable state and federal law. If BCC, however, receives notice of a violation of its rules, and/or state or federal law, BCC reserves the right to deny, revoke, suspend, or close any user account. Further, no account holder or user should have an expectation of privacy over e-mail transmissions and the College reserves the right to block any "mass" e-mail transmissions.

3. Security

  • Security on any computer system is a high priority, especially when the system involves many users. A user must never allow others to use his/her password. Users should also protect their passwords to ensure system security and their privileges and ability to continue use of the system. Attempts to log on to the Internet with other than your own account will result in cancellation of user privileges.
  • If you feel you can identify a security problem on the Internet, you must notify a system administrator.
4. Vandalism and Harassment
  • Vandalism and harassment will result in cancellation of user privileges.
  • Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm, modify, and destroy data of another user, Internet, or other networks that are connected to the Internet backbone. This includes, but is not limited to, the uploading or creating of computer viruses or intentionally disrupting network traffic or crashing the network and connected systems.
  • Harassment is defined as the persistent annoyance of another user or the interference of another user's work. Harassment includes, but is not limited to, the sending of unwanted mail, Trojan horses, logic bombs, trapdoors, backdoors, viruses and worms.

5. Monitoring - BCC reserves the right to review any material on user accounts and to monitor file server space. The system administrator has the right to restrict or terminate network and Internet access at any time for cause. The system administrator further has the right to monitor network activity in any form that it sees fit to maintain the integrity of the network.

6. No Warranties - BCC makes no warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, for the service it is providing. BCC will not be responsible for any damages a user suffers. This includes loss of data resulting from delays, no-deliveries, misdeliveries, or service interruptions cause by BCC negligence or by the user's errors or omissions. Use of any information obtained via the Internet is at the user's own risk. BCC specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through its services. All users need to consider the source of any information they obtain and consider how valid that information may be.

7. Procedures for Use

  • Student users must sign-in legibly on the appropriate log each time they use the network.
  • Users shall not play games or use the computer resources for other non-academic activities.

8. Encounter of Controversial Material - On the Internet it is impossible to control the content of data and a user may discover controversial materials. If you feel you are being harassed or the system is being used in an inappropriate manner, it is your responsibility to notify the systems administrator. BCC shall not be held liable for any decision to restrict or regulate access to Internet materials nor for the student's encounters, access, or use of any inappropriate or controversial material.

9. Network Etiquette - All users are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Do not reveal your personal address or phone numbers of students or colleagues.
  • Note that electronic mail (e-mail) is not private. People who operate the system do have access to all mail. Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities will be reported to the authorities and will result in the loss of user privileges.
  • Do not use the Internet in such a way that you would disrupt the use of the network by other users.
  • All communications and information accessible via the Internet should be assumed to be the private property of those who put it on the network.

10. Penalties for Improper Use - When improper use is detected, the user may, depending on the severity of the abuse:

  • Receive an oral warning
  • Receive a written warning
  • Receive a written warning and/or interim suspension of privileges and notice of a hearing within two working days
  • Have privileges formally withdrawn after a hearing
  • Face criminal prosecution if possible breach of law is involved.

Further, intentional or unintentional misuse of this service by an account holder or user may result in a violation of civil and/or criminal statutes, including, but not limited to, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, Massachusetts' Wire Tap and/or Privacy laws, defamation, copyright and/or trademark infringement laws, and/or sexual harassment or discrimination laws.

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