Isothermal Community College strives to provide computer resources, Internet, and Network access in an environment in which access is shared equitably among users. This access is intended to be used in support of the research, educational, and administrative purposes of the College. College owned or operated computer resources are for the use of College employees, students, and other authorized individuals. The purpose of this policy is to protect the College’s technology users and computer resources and to ensure equitable access and proper management of these resources.
The computer resources owned and operated by Isothermal Community College are intended for the use of its students, employees, and other authorized individuals for purposes related to instruction, learning, research, and campus operations. Users are expected to exercise responsible, ethical behavior when using all College computer resources. This policy makes no attempt to articulate all required or prohibited behavior by users of the computer resources of Isothermal Community College.
Unacceptable activity includes, but is not limited to, the following:
The College provides free wireless Internet access through a guest account (the only wireless access allowed for students and guests). Users of wireless access must abide by the Wireless Internet Access Guidelines as well as this policy. Connection to the wireless network at any given time is not guaranteed. The College does not accept liability for any personal equipment that is brought to the College and therefore will not assist with configuration, installation, trouble shooting, or support of any personal equipment.
The College provides free e-mail accounts to all students who are enrolled in a curriculum program. The use of College-provided e-mail accounts must be related to College business, including academic pursuits. Incidental and occasional personal use of these accounts is acceptable when such use does not generate a direct cost to the College.
The College will make reasonable efforts to maintain the integrity and effective operation of its electronic mail systems, but users are advised that those systems should in no way be regarded as a secure medium for the communication of sensitive or confidential information. Because of the nature and technology of electronic communication, the College can assure neither the privacy of an individual’s use of the College’s electronic mail resources nor the confidentiality of particular messages that may be created, transmitted, received, or stored.
The College does not monitor electronic mail routinely but may do so to the extent permitted by law as the College deems necessary. Students should not have any expectation of privacy with his/her electronic e-mail address provided by the College. Any user of the College’s computer resources who makes use of an encryption device shall provide access when requested to do so by the appropriate College authority. The College reserves the right to access and disclose the contents of employees’, students’, and other users’ electronic mail without the consent of the user. The College will do so when it believes it has a legitimate business need including, but not limited to, those listed below.
Electronic mail, including that of students, may constitute "education records" as defined in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99). See Student Handbook, Appendix B or College policy 601-02-07AP.
North Carolina law provides that communications of College personnel that are sent by electronic mail may constitute “correspondence” and, therefore, may be considered public records subject to public inspection under the North Carolina General Statutes, chapters 121 and 132.
Electronic files, including electronic mail, that are considered to be public records are to be retained, archived and/or disposed of in accordance with current guidelines established by the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources or otherwise required by College policy.
Each individual is ultimately responsible for his/her own actions. Failure to exercise responsible, ethical behavior will result in disciplinary action as appropriate. Disciplinary action may include reprimand or denial of access. In severe cases, 1) students may be sanctioned according to procedures described in the Student Handbook; 2) other users may be barred permanently from using College computers and network access.
Certain activities violate Federal and/or NC State laws governing use of computer systems, and may be classified as misdemeanors or felonies. Those convicted could face fines and/or imprisonment.
College computer policies are accessible on the College website at http://www.isothermal.edu/, are included in various College publications, and are available from any College staff member.
All users of Isothermal Community College computer resources must comply with appropriate computer policies. In using any of the College’s computer resources, users agree to comply with the policies here-in and with other policies that may apply.
I have read, understand and agree to abide by the guidelines of the College Computer Resources, Internet, and Network Use Policy as set forth in this document.
If I use wireless Internet access provided by the College, I verify that I have read, understand and agree to abide by theWireless Internet Access Guidelines.
Print name: ____________________________________________ Date: ____________________
Policy Number: 602-03-01AP
Adopted: September 19, 2003
Amended: November 18, 2003; September 6, 2007; January 28, 2009; June 29, 2010; December 15, 2014