Computer and communications technology acceptable use policy

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Sitting Bull College (SBC) owns and operates a network system, computer system, and other electronic communications and information systems and devices, including voice mail, electronic mail and access to the ID Internet. These computing and technology systems are provided for the use of SBC students, faculty, and staff in support of the programs of the College and are to be used for education, research, academic development, and public service only. In general, SBC technology is not to be used by employees, students, or guests for their personal commercial or profit-making enterprises. Some minimal use for personal purposes is allowed, but only to the extent that its use does not violate this policy. All students, faculty, and staff are responsible for seeing that these computing facilities are used in an effective, efficient, ethical, and lawful manner.
Sitting Bull College provides a user and e-mail address to every student and employee of the College. A valid user ID and password is needed for using the computers, personal storage space on the server, as well as accessing e-mail, both on campus and off. You should not give your user ID or password to anyone else. YOU are responsible for everything that happens with your user ID. If someone else is caught using your user ID your account will be immediately locked., and you will need to contact the IT Manager to have it unlocked.
Access to the technology owned and operated by Sitting Bull College is a privilege, not a right, and imposes certain responsibilities for appropriate use, in accordance with College policy. Users should recognize that the primary intention of providing computer, network, telephone and e-mail service is to support the educational mission of the College. In general, appropriate use means respecting the rights of other computer users; the integrity of the physical facilities; all pertinent licenses, copyright and contractual agreements; as well as local, state and federal laws.
Employees, students, and guests should understand that their use of Sitting Bull College’s network and computer equipment is not private. Although employees have passwords that restrict access to their voice mail, computers and websites, Sitting Bull College reserves the right to access any person’s files, voice mail, or e-mail messages which are stored on (and even deleted from) Sitting Bull College’s network or computer equipment. Sitting Bull College also reserves the right to monitor on-line activities.
Employees, students, or guests may not use Sitting Bull College’s network or equipment to solicit or proselytize others for commercial ventures, religious or political causes, outside organizations, or other non-education-related activities. Examples of profit-making enterprises include using the fax machine, telephone, or e-mail system to communicate with customers or potential customers of a personal business or for another employer.
E-mail messages are official internal employer communications, subject to summons in legal proceedings. If any SBC-owned phone/PDA/tablet/computer is used to send or receive messages, such messages are not private and are the property of Sitting Bull College.
Employees, students, or guests may not use Sitting Bull College's network or equipment in ways that may be disruptive, offensive to others, or harmful to morale. Sitting Bull College prohibits the display or transmission of sexually explicit images, messages, or cartoons, or any transmission or use of communications that contain ethnic slurs, racial epithets, or anything that may be construed as harassment or disparagement of others based on race, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, marital or domestic partner status, religion or political beliefs. To this end, access to certain websites may be prohibited and will be blocked. Any attempt to circumvent these site blocks will be considered a violation of these policies.
Users must adhere to all of Sitting Bull College’s Policies & Procedures when using Sitting Bull College’s equipment. This includes, but is not limited to the Technology Usage Policies and Procedures and Sitting Bull College’s Discrimination and Harassment Policies. Users may not use Sitting Bull College’s computers or other equipment in a manner that violates another's rights under FERPA, HIPAA or any other applicable law pertaining to privacy or confidentiality.
All users of SBC computing systems must read, understand, and comply with the policies outlined in this document, as well as any additional guidelines established by the administrators of each system. BY USING ANY OF THESE SYSTEMS, USERS AGREE THAT THEY WILL COMPLY WITH THESE POLICIES.

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