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Computer Usage/Ethics Policies

PWSCC’s computer resources provide a vital service to all segments of the college. In using the system, therefore, we ask that you do so conscientiously. The individual and the college have fundamental rights and responsibilities to foster the mission of the educational community. PWSCC recognizes the ownership rights of a user’s own intellectual work and that all files (programs, documents, mail messages, directories, etc.) are the private property of individuals who create them, or to whom they are legally sent or assigned. As such, electronically stored information is considered confidential and will only be examined or disclosed when authorized by the owner of the information, approved by the appropriate college official, or as required by local, state or federal laws. It is a most serious offense for any user to attempt to degrade the performance of the college computer/information system, to seek to penetrate its security or in any way to deprive or attempt to deprive other users of resources or access to the computer. The intent of the following list is to give an overview of unacceptable uses of PWSCC’s computing resources.

Computer misuse includes, but is not limited to

  1. Using a computer account or username belonging to another individual.
  2. Tampering with the operation of the PWSCC computing system or other computer systems available through the network, including both equipment and programs.
  3. Using the system for commercial purposes and/or for personal profit.
  4. Modifying, copying, or deleting programs or data without proper authorization.
  5. Using the electronic mail system to send abusive, obscene, or otherwise harassing communications.
  6. Using the electronic mail system to distribute chain letters or broadcasting to lists of individuals in such a manner that might cause congestion and performance degradation of the network.
  7. Specifying false or misleading identification when required to do so for any purpose associated with use of the system.
  8. Using a computer account to download copyrighted material.
  9. Using a computer account to view pornographic materials in public areas.

In order to insure system performance, data integrity and security, PWSCC Information Technology personnel may read, copy and/ or delete files when operationally necessary.

In addition, the Student Housing wireless network relies on the integrity of the college-operated signals within each building. Residents are not permitted to install personal wireless repeaters, which interfere with the university system and may interrupt service to neighbors in nearby apartments and suites.

Operational privileges may not be used to abuse user rights. Persons discovered in violation of the principles stated above or any other provisions established by the Information Technology Department shall be reported to the appropriate judicial authorities and subject to disciplinary action.