This policy sets forth acceptable use of computer systems (computers, servers, networks, etc.) at Dawson Community College (DCC). Access to computer systems and networks owned by DCC is granted subject to College policies, and local, state, and federal laws. All access to DCC networks and computers is subject to monitoring to ensure that this policy is followed. This is the "General Policy" which covers all divisions and areas of the college, but does not negate any specific use policy or addendum developed by other divisions/areas of the college.
DCC strives to provide equal access to resources to all users and does not censor access to any material, offensive or otherwise. Therefore, no child (under eighteen years old) should access the Internet, Web Browsers, networks, or any other system under DCC's control without supervision of the parent, guardian, or other authorized adult.
Acceptable use is always ethical, reflects academic honesty, and shows restraint in the consumption of shared resources. It also demonstrates respect for intellectual property, ownership of data, security mechanisms, individuals' rights to privacy, and freedom from intimidation, harassment, and unwarranted annoyance. The goals of this policy include the following:
By using the college systems, users agree that neither the college nor its representatives can assume any responsibility for loss or damage to the user's data or hardware or injury arising from the college's provision of the service or consequences arising therefrom. Users indemnify and hold harmless Dawson Community College and its representatives against any liability from damage or loss arising from use or misuse of the services provided by or through the college. Further, this assumption of liability by users of DCC's systems also applies to members of communities in DCC's service area who access college systems through off-campus equipment.
The system administrators and college administration control access to any of DCC's computer systems. The DCC computer system shall be used in a manner consistent with the directives of the system administrators and/or hardware and software manufacturers. Users shall not misuse, damage, or destroy computer hardware or software. This prohibition does not limit system administrators from the authorized disposal or salvage of broken or obsolete equipment, deleting virus-infected programs, removing unnecessary or damaged files, and/or protecting privacy rights, etc.
In making acceptable use of resources you must:
The following actions set forth some forms of prohibited misuse of the computer system. You must not:
DCC considers any violation of acceptable use principles or guidelines to be a serious offense and reserves the right to copy and examine any information on the College systems allegedly related to unacceptable use. Violations of this policy may result in corrective action which may include, but is not limited to, a reprimand to correct inappropriate activity, suspension of the user's account(s) and/or access privileges, disciplinary actions taken by system and/or college administrators, or prosecution of any violation of state or federal law. Suspension of a user's account and or access privileges may be appealed through the College Administration.