Computer Use and Internet Access Policy

Acceptable Use Policy for Technology Resources

The College provides technology resources for use by students, faculty, staff, and the general public.  This technology includes but is not limited to, all College computing equipment, software, systems, networks, electronic mail, website, and Internet access.  These resources are the property of the College and are provided to the campus community to support the College's mission and institutional goals.  The College reserves the rights to grant, restrict, or deny privileges and access to technology resources.

Use of the technology resources must be consistent with the stated mission, goals, policies, procedures, and priorities of the College.  Use of College resources is a privilege and requires that users agree to abide by all relevant College policies and procedures, as well as all applicable federal, state, and local laws.  Users are expected to conduct themselves in a responsible and ethical manner at all times.

Any use of College technology resources for illegal, inappropriate, or obscene purposes, or in support of such activities, is prohibited.  Respect for intellectual property or copyright, ownership of data, security measures, and personal rights and privacy must always be demonstrated.

It should be clear that all personal use of computers to access pornographic websites will result in appropriate disciplinary action and may result in civil and criminal penalties for users.  Personal use of computers for business purposes is prohibited and may constitute a violation of the Alabama Ethics law.  It is illegal to download music through the College computer network system.  Employees who are found to be illegally downloading music will be subject to federal and state laws pertaining to such acts.  

See Appendix F  for the complete policy.