Acceptable Use Policy
The Primary Goal of information resources is to support and enhance the educational activities of Central Maine Community College (CM) by providing access to additional resources, both within and external to CM, and extending the opportunity for collaborative work.
The College encourages the use of college resources for these primary activities. These resources include, but are not limited to: hardware (including telephones, computers, and traditional media equipment) either owned or leased by the college, software, the Internet, and consulting time (and expertise) of the computer staff.
Prohibited Uses and Limited Right to Privacy:
The use of technology resources provided by the college for endeavors not directly related to enhancing and facilitating teaching, collaborative work, and applied research should be considered as secondary activities. Should such secondary activities in any way interfere with the primary activities, they may be terminated or limited immediately.
Many of the technology resources of the college are shared among the entire college community. Everyone using those resources should be considerate of the needs of others and be certain that nothing is done to impede anyone else's ability to use these resources.
Such impediments may include, but are not limited to:
- Activities that obstruct usage or deny access to others
- Activities that compromise privacy
- Activities that create a hostile environment (i.e. pornography, excessive violence, etcetera)
- Activities that are libelous
- Attempting to "hack" into any computer either at the College or elsewhere
- Activities that violate all copyright laws
- Activities that violate College rules
- Destruction, alteration, or appropriation of data or information belonging to others
- Activities that violate local, state, or federal laws
- Unauthorized use of computer accounts
- Impersonating other individuals
- Creating, using, or distributing virus programs or any programs that attempt to explore or exploit network security and/or other vulnerabilities
- Attempts to capture or crack passwords or break encrypting protocols
- Allowing anyone else to use any personal account(s)
- Extensive use of resources for private or personal use
- Alteration of computer configurations or settings (i.e. desktop, wallpaper, etcetera)
Students, as do all users of the College's resources, have only a limited right of privacy in their use of the College computers. Persons authorized by the College may access all records of student uses ("files") when necessary to maintain or protect the integrity of College computers or other College property. The College reserves the right to examine and copy files suspected of misuses, corruption or damage. Students files may also be subject to search by law enforcement agencies for law enforcement purposes.
This Acceptable Use Policy includes, but is not limited to, the following specifics.
- Students are strictly forbidden from altering or deleting system files, system configurations, desktops, or start menus.
- Students are also forbidden from loading any personal software onto a CMCC computer.
- Students may not save any data or information to the hard drive without permission from their instructor or appropriate CMCC Faculty/Staff.
Violation of Policy:
The mistreatment or misuse of the College computers is subject to the same disciplinary measures as mistreatment or misuse of other College equipment. The College reserves the right to take whatever actions are necessary to prevent a user from violating the rights of other computer users. The use of CMCC computer resources is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use may result in disciplinary action taken under the MCCS policies and procedures and/or the CMCC Student Code of Conduct which may result in suspension or dismissal from the College.
Questions or Problems:
Instructors, advisors, and supervisors can clarify this policy or help to resolve any other problems encountered in using CMCC computing services and facilities. CMCC policies recognize and amplify the MCCS Computer Network Acceptable Use Policy.
Documentation of Knowledge and Consent:
Students may be asked to sign a copy of the Acceptable Use Policy to demonstrate that they understand the contents and intent of this policy. A student's signature will indicate that he/she will comply with the above policies and procedures for use of CM information resources. The signed copy may be kept on file in the appropriate area (i.e. the Library, the Computer Labs, etcetera)