To establish conditions for appropriate use of College computers, available information technology, and networks.
This policy is intended to promote the responsible and ethical use of the computing resources of Hampden-Sydney College. In light of the contribution that computers can make to furthering the educational and other objectives of the College, it is in the best interest of the community as a whole that computing resources be used in accordance with practices which ensure that the rights and privileges of all users are protected and the goals of the College are achieved.
This policy applies to all computing systems and telecommunications facilities owned, leased, operated, or contracted by the College. This includes word processing equipment, microcomputers, minicomputers, mainframes and associated peripherals, software, and digital and/or voice communication equipment, regardless of whether used for administration, research, teaching, or other purposes. This policy also extends to any use of College facilities to access computer facilities elsewhere.
It should be noted that system administrators of various on-campus and off-campus computing facilities and those responsible for access to those facilities may promulgate additional regulations to control their use, if not inconsistent with this policy. System administrators are responsible for publicizing any additional regulations concerning the authorized and appropriate use of the equipment for which they are responsible.
As in all aspects of the College community, a user of computing facilities should act honorably and in a manner consistent with ordinary ethical obligations. Cheating, stealing, making false or deceiving statements, plagiarism, vandalism, and harassment are just as wrong when done in the context of computing as they are in all other aspects of College conduct. Individuals should use only those computing facilities they have been authorized through ordinary channels to use. They should use these facilities:
College computing resources are not to be used for commercial purposes or non-College-related activities without prior written permission from appropriate College officials. Individuals should respect the rights and privacy of other authorized users. Thus they should respect the rights of other users to security of files, confidentiality of data, and the ownership of their own work. Users should refrain from
All users must agree to, and abide by, the Appropriate Use of Electronic Resources Policy of Hampden-Sydney College. “User” is defined as any individual with authorized access to College computing and communications systems (data/telecommunications network).
Gaining access to any other person’s telephone/voice mail, denying any other person(s) access to his/their telephone/voice mail, and the like, are violations of the Code of Student Conduct, as is sending lewd, obscene, threatening, or other inappropriate messages through the telephone-telecommunications system. Simply put, a student should use only his own telephone-voice mail system.
John B. Fuqua Computing Center consistently strives to enable users to employ technological resources in pursuit of fulfilling the College’s overall mission. Additionally, the Computing Center bears the responsibility of protecting the privacy of the College’s users, protecting the academic and business systems of the College, and assuring that all constituents represent the College in a legal and ethical manner, all while protecting the freedoms associated with an academic community. In protection of these pursuits, all complaints of illegal or unethical activity are investigated to the fullest extent legally possible.
In the event of a verified offense:
Upon notification of copyright infringement, within the hsc.edu domain, to the designated Copyright Agent, the following procedures will be followed:
Upon notification to the designated Copyright Agent that Hampden-Sydney College copyright-protected material is being used without permission, the following procedures will be followed: