Electronic Resources Use, Copyright Infringement & Network Management Policy

Clarkson College electronic resources are defined as the hardware, software, network and network connections within Clarkson College and all connections to the Internet. This definition also includes P2P processes and use.

All electronic resources at Clarkson College are provided for the exclusive use of enrolled students, faculty, staff and individuals directly affiliated with Clarkson College consistent with the Mission of the College.

Computer and network system users are responsible for following the published restrictions to access Clarkson College computing systems and networks.

  1. A user must use only the computer account(s) that has been authorized for his/her use.
  2. Users are responsible for the use of their computer accounts. Users should make appropriate use of systems-provided protection features such as passwords and file protections and should take precautions against others obtaining access to their computer resources. Users should not make an account available to others for any purpose. If assistance is needed in using computer resources, contact the Information Systems (IS) department.
  3. Computer accounts and access to networks (Internet, College Network (LAN), etc.) must be used only for the purposes for which they are authorized. For example, student, faculty and staff accounts issued for legitimate classroom or office work cannot be used for private consulting, commercial enterprises and/or personal financial gain.
  4. Users will not download (or attempt to download) music, data or any other copyright materials from others that are engaged in illegal activities involving copyrighted, trademarked or patented products.
  5. Users will not access, copy or transport programs, files or data without prior authorization. User software may be used on computers only if it has been legally obtained and if its use does not violate license or copyright restrictions. This policy specifically pertains to any Peer-to-Peer uses as well as other types of electronic copyright violations. Peer-to-Peer practices are not authorized on the Clarkson College network unless specially approved by the Information Systems (IS) department.
  6. Users will not (or attempt to) inspect, modify, distribute or copy privileged data, music or software, except for users who have been given prior special permission to work with data in accomplishing their job responsibilities, e.g. reporting, etc.
  7. Users will not infringe on others’ use of the electronic services or deprive them of those resources.
  8. Users will not attempt to modify systems infrastructure. Users will not damage or obstruct the operation of any of computer systems or networks of the College.
  9. Users will not supply or attempt to supply false or misleading information or identification in order to access computer systems or networks.
  10. Users will not attempt to subvert the restrictions associated with any computer accounts.
  11. Playing computer games (other than for educational purposes) on Clarkson College computers is not allowed and may result in the loss of access to Clarkson College computers and networks.
  12. The computer will not be used as an instrument to intimidate or offend persons. Using the computer as a means of communication to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend another person constitutes grounds for cancellation of access to Clarkson College computers/networks and may result in disciplinary and/or legal action. Use of a computer as a means of: a) communicating indecent, lewd or obscene language to another person, or: b) communicating a threat or lewd suggestion to another person shall be prima facia evidence of intent to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend.
  13. Software will be used on computers only if it has been legally obtained and if its use does not violate license or copyright restrictions. Any software not approved or purchased by Clarkson College will not be placed on network machines without approval from the Information Services (IS) department. Such software may not receive support from the IS department. Users may not (nor attempt to) inspect, modify, distribute or copy privileged data or software, except for users who have been given prior special permission to work with data in accomplishing their job responsibilities, e.g. reporting, etc.
  14. Users shall not supply or attempt to supply false or misleading information or identification in order to access computer systems or networks.

Violations of any on the above items will lead to loss of access privileges to all Clarkson College computing and networking systems.

Further disciplinary actions for violating the policy will be governed by but may not be limited to the applicable provisions of student handbooks, faculty and staff handbooks, policies of Clarkson College, statutes of the State of Nebraska and federal law, including civil and criminal legal actions.

Information Services will review user accounts and network traffic to insure that violations to this policy are reported to administration for disciplinary action of all offenders.