ACCEPTABLE USE OF CAMPUS TECHNOLOGY
Consistent with College Mission
Information Technology at Howard Community College is provided to facilitate the educational process and the administrative efforts in support of instruction, business, and research for faculty, staff, and students of Howard Community College. The use of all information technology facilities must be consistent with the mission of the college and with facilitating the exchange of knowledge and information, while encouraging resource sharing and collaborative projects in education and research.
Compliance with Appropriate Laws
The college recognizes that all members of the college are bound by local, state, and federal laws relating to copyrights, security, and other statutes regarding electronic media. Faculty and staff will take a leadership role in implementing and maintaining these statutes, as well as any Howard Community College policies and procedures that apply.
Eligibility for Access
Eligibility for Access to the college’s information technology facilities is provided to registered (credit and noncredit) students, faculty, staff and others designated by the college. Access to college information resources may be granted, limited or withdrawn by the college based on the following factors: relevant policies, procedures and guidelines, laws and contractual obligations, the requester’s need to know, the information’s sensitivity, the risk of damage to or loss by the college, and the person’s previous history of use. The college reserves the right to extend, limit, restrict, or deny privileges and access to its information resources. Individuals other than college faculty, staff, and students may be permitted access to information as long as such access does not violate any license or contractual agreement, college policy, or any federal, state, county, or local law or ordinance.
Standards of Acceptable Use
The following standards of acceptable use will apply to the operation of Howard Community College’s information technology systems. Violation of the policy may lead to disciplinary action as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct. This policy is located in the Howard Community College Student Handbook. Users are responsible for the following standards:
Users will not transmit any communication in any form (e.g. Text, images, and sound) where the content, meaning, transmission, and/or distribution of the message would violate any applicable law or regulation. Use will be consistent with all college policies and procedures and particularly with those governing the use of college property, ethical standards, and employee conduct. This means that the following actions are among those which are prohibited by college policies and procedure although prohibitions are not limited to these:
In accordance with the above policies, the following general rules apply to all computer classrooms and labs. These labs include the Student Computer Lab, Math/English/Foreign Language Lab, Art Lab, Music Lab, all Science Labs, Library, Office Technology Lab, Learning Assistance Center, English as a Second Language Lab, as well as any classroom where computers are used to enhance the learning experience. Each department may have more specific rules based on their academic computing needs.
· If the lab is full, students who have paid a special fee to use the lab will be given priority. In some cases, you may be asked to move to another computer.
· Minimize idle conversation so that others are not distracted.
· Do not use cellular phones in classrooms or labs. Please turn your ringer off or on silent (vibrate) mode. If you receive a call, please leave the lab or classroom so that other students are not disturbed by your conversation.
· Eating and drinking is prohibited in computer classrooms and computer labs.
· If you experience a problem with the computer hardware or printer, please notify the lab monitor. Do not try to resolve the problem yourself.
· Viewing of pornographic material (recreationally) is prohibited. If you are required by an instructor to research material that may be deemed pornographic, please contact the Computer Lab Manager ahead of time to make arrangements to do your research in a private location. Notification of this need should be verified by your instructor.
· Because of safety issues, minors are not allowed in the computer classrooms or labs unless they are officially registered for a credit or noncredit class. Proof of registration may be required in certain computer labs.
If there are any questions regarding the Acceptable Use of Information Technology policies, please contact the Technology Help Desk at 443-518-4444 or firstname.lastname@example.org.