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8022 -- WCC COMPUTING RESOURCES USAGE POLICY

Basic Policy Statement
WCC provides computing resources and worldwide network access to members of the WCC electronic community for legitimate academic and administrative pursuits as outlined by the College's mission statement. The College does not monitor or generally restrict the content of material transported across its network. However, membership in this electronic community is a privilege that carries with it certain shared rights and responsibilities. This policy describes those rights and responsibilities as well as the consequences of misuse.

Rights
Members of the electronic community have certain rights and privileges. These rights and responsibilities include:

  1. Privacy in electronic communication and work
  2. Protection from harassment
  3. Intellectual and academic freedom

Any person who does not respect the rights of others may lose his or her own rights. These rights are not absolute. The College cannot guarantee that these rights may not be infringed by others. The College does, however, employ reasonable measures to protect the network and its users. The College expressly reserves the right to access user files for this purpose.

Responsibilities
The open access provided by WCC is a privilege that requires community members to act responsibly. Broadly stated, members must respect and value the rights and privacy of other members, respect the integrity of information systems and related physical resources, and observe all relevant laws, regulations, and contractual obligations. More specifically, members are expected to do the following:

  1. Protect the security of their account
  2. Avoid transmission of viruses by using detection software conscientiously
  3. Comply with copyright and license laws
  4. Familiarize themselves with the unique properties of e-mail
  5. Avoid offensive or inflammatory speech
  6. Avoid unnecessary degrading network performance

Unacceptable Behavior Guidelines
Without being exhaustive, the following list enumerates activities which are considered unacceptable behavior for members of the electronic community:

  1. Extracurricular or otherwise unauthorized usage of the network for financial or commercial gain
  2. Attempting to unauthorized access to resources or entities
  3. Using an account owned by another user
  4. Invading the privacy of individuals
  5. Using the network for any illegal activity, including violation of copyright or license agreements
  6. Deliberately degrading of disrupting equipment, software, or network performance
  7. Vandalizing the data of another user
  8. Posting anonymous messages
  9. Posting message using the e-mail address or identity of another user
  10. Harassing or threatening individuals or groups

Many WCC departments and labs have their own computing and networking resources and policies. When accessing these computing resources, users are responsible for obeying both the policies set forth in this general computing document and the policies of the individual department or lab.

Disciplinary Procedures
Members of the electronic community at WCC should be aware that all existing federal and state laws apply to usage of network resources and to material transmitted electronically. Furthermore, ALL college regulations and policies apply to usage of network resources, not just those that are specific to computers and networks. The College reserves the right to restrict the use of its computers and network systems in response to complaints presenting evidence of violations of College policies or codes, or state or federal laws. Violations of the above policies should be reported to the Executive Director of Information Systems.

The Executive Director will work with appropriate officers of the College to promptly investigate claims of violations. In some situations, account privileges may be suspended while the situation is being investigated. Minor infractions of this policy will typically be handled internally and in an informal manner. The goal is to educate the responsible individual.

More serious infractions, or repeated minor infractions, will be handled via formal procedures. Such infractions may result in the immediate and permanent loss of access privileges, written reprimands, and suspension or dismissal from WCC. Offenses which are in violation of local, state, or federal laws will result in the immediate loss of computing privileges, and will be reported to the appropriate law enforcement authorities.

Related Policies
Students Rights and Responsibilities Handbook
Handbook for New & Part-Time Faculty
Master Contractual Agreements
Policy on Internet Accounts

Outcomes
As an outcome of this policy, members of WCC's electronic community will develop a clearer understanding of their rights and concomitant responsibilities. Handouts consistent with this policy will be developed for distribution to current account holders and new account applicants. Materials detailing this policy will also be posted on WCC's official web site.


Adopted: November 11, 1997
Administrative Review: May 2002
(8022)




Board of Trustees Policy Manual
    SERIES 1000, BOARD OF TRUSTEES
    • 1010 - Bylaws
    • 1020 - Citizen Participation During Board of Trustees Meetings
    • 1030 - Policy Development Guidelines
    • 1050 - Mission Statement
    • 1060 - Guidelines for Excellence
    • 1070 - Trustee Emeritus Policy
    • 1080 - Board Travel and Attendance at Conferences
    • 1090 - Compensation and Reimbursement of Trustee Local Expenses

    SERIES 2000, ADMISSIONS, TUITION/FEES ASSESSMENT
    • 2005 - Admissions Policy
    • 2030 - Residency
    • 2040 - Tuition Refund Policy
    • 2080 - Tuition Payment Plan Policy
    • 2095 - WCC Scholarships
    • 2105 - Program Offerings in Livingston County
    • 2120 - Policy on Articulation

    SERIES 3000, INSTRUCTION
    • 3010 - Assurance of Student Success
    • 3020 - Club Sports
    • 3031 - Policy on Credit for Prior Learning
    • 3033 - College Certificate Structure Policy
    • 3043 - Curriculum Purpose and Effectiveness Policy
    • 3045 - General Education Philosophy and Requirements
    • 3046 - Degree Structure Policy

    SERIES 4000, STUDENTS
    • 4052 - Learning Resource Center, Loan Privileges (LRC)
    • 4055 - New Student Assessment and Individualized Program Planning
    • 4060 - Student Orientation
    • 4067 - Student Eligibility for Extra- and Co-Curricular Activities
    • 4070 - Student Information, Release of
    • 4080 - WCC Student Newspaper
    • 4090 - Student Health Insurance
    • 4095 - Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct Code

    SERIES 5000, EMPLOYEES
    • 5005 - Administrative Compensation Policy
    • 5010 - Affirmative Action
    • 5020 - Administrative Group Annual Planning & Performance Review Policy
    • 5030 - Children's Center, Staff Use of
    • 5040 - Conflict of Interest: College Administrators
    • 5042 - Diversity in College Employment
    • 5045 - Emeritus Staff Policy
    • 5050 - Employee Assistance Program
    • 5060 - Employee Recognition
    • 5065 - Organizational Chart
    • 5070 - Part-Time Faculty and Wage Rates
    • 5080 - Sexual Harassment
    • 5081 - Policy Prohibiting Discriminatory Harassment
    • 5085 - Staff Collaboration and Governance Policy
    • 5087 - Staff Success Policy
    • 5090 - Work Practices and Rules of Conduct (Faculty and Staff)
    • 5091 - Drug-Free Workplace

    SERIES 6000, BUSINESS OFFICE
    • 6010 - Accounting of Funds
    • 6020 - Banking
    • 6030 - Budget Adjustment
    • 6035 - External Use of College Facilities
    • 6036 - Conduct and Compliance: Use of Facilities
    • 6037 - Facilities Rental Fee Policy
    • 6040 - Firearms Range, Utilization Priority
    • 6041 - Firearms Range, Safety
    • 6042 - Firearms Range, User Fee
    • 6050 - Purchase of Goods and Services
    • 6060 - Travel
    • 6070 - Policy on the Monitoring of Federal Funds

    SERIES 7000, CONTINUING EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY SERVICES
    • 7010 - Continuing Education Agreements with Public School Districts
    • 7020 - Continuing Education Unit
    • 7030 - Non-Credit Offerings

    SERIES 8000, GENERAL COLLEGE POLICIES
    • 8010 - Alcoholic Beverages on College Property, Use and Possession
    • 8012 - Americans with Disabilities Act, Compliance
    • 8015 - Honorary Associate Degree Policy
    • 8016 - Campus Safety Policy
    • 8018 - Policy on Student Speech and Expressive Conduct
    • 8021 - Internet Accounts Policy
    • 8022 - Computing Resources Usage Policy
    • 8025 - Crime Awareness and Campus Security Policy
    • 8028 - Access, Success, and Equity for Diverse People
    • 8029 - Display of Flags and Banners Policy
    • 8040 - Foundation, WCC
    • 8050 - Institutional Effectiveness
    • 8060 - Long-Range Planning
    • 8063 - Memorial Tributes
    • 8065 - Naming of College Buildings and Spaces
    • 8070 - Right To Know Laws, Compliance
    • 8085 - Smoke-Free Campus Policy








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