Computer Usage Policy (Policy Manual: Section 4369)
who utilize the SCC computing facilities and information resources are
bound by this policy.
The Computer Usage
Policy applies to all members of the College community using the institution’s
computer resources. This includes administrators, faculty, staff, students,
and members of the community. Use of computer resources includes utilizing
computer equipment at any SCC facility including various computer labs,
classrooms, offices, libraries and the use of the SCC servers from any
Computer accounts and computer access are privileges and
require the individual user to act responsibly. By using the SCC accounts,
users have agreed to respect the rights of other users and accounts, to
use the account only for school-related purposes, and to safeguard the
integrity of the system and its related physical resources. Users have
agreed to observe all relevant laws and institutional policies regarding
All user files, including
e-mail files, are not to be relied upon as confidential. SCC explicitly
does not guarantee or warrantee the confidentiality of these files. It
is the practice of Information Management Systems (MIS) to respect the
confidential nature of user files, but the MIS Department reserves the
right to view or alter user files when it is necessary. For example,
files may need to be examined or accessed in the event of unauthorized
use or misuse, or due to corruption or damage. Any MIS employee must have
their director’s permission prior to investigating
a user file.
All users must follow all relevant copyright laws. US Copyright
law governs reproduction and distribution of software and other material,
including text, fonts, graphics, sound, video, and others. The End User
License Agreement (EULA) for a product specifies the conditions under which
a user may copy or install a product. The EULA purchased by the institution
also controls the number of users who may utilize the product. Please review
the EULA for complete information on your rights as an end user of these
Misuse of computing, networking,
or information resources includes but is not limited to the following:
- Using a computer account that you are not authorized to use by the
- Obtaining a password for a computer account that is not intended for
- Using the SCC Network to gain unauthorized access to any computer system.
- Attempting to circumvent data protection schemes or uncover security
loopholes. This includes creating, running, or distributing programs
that are designed to identify security loopholes and/or decrypt intentionally
- Masking the identity of an account or machine. This includes, but is
not limited to, sending e-mail anonymously.
- Using e-mail to harass others.
- Posting on the Internet any information that may be slanderous or defamatory
- Downloading or displaying sexually explicit, graphically disturbing,
or sexually harassing images or text in a public computer facility or
- Violating terms of applicable software licensing agreements or copyright
laws. This includes but is not limited to downloading and making copies
of any copyrighted materials or making illegal copies of copyrighted
computer software programs.
- Attempting to monitor or tamper with another user’s electronic
communications, or reading, copying, changing, or deleting another user’s
files or software without the explicit agreement of the owner. Files
owned by individual users are to be considered private property, whether
or not they are accessible by other users.
- Sending mass e-mail to a large number of people on the system. It is
acceptable, however, to use organizational or departmental mailing lists
to send e-mail to groups of people on the system.
- Knowingly or carelessly performing an act that will interfere with
the normal operation of computer systems, including running, or installing,
or giving to another user a program intended to damage or to place excessive
load on a computer system or network. This includes programs known as
computer viruses and worms.
- Deliberately wasting/overloading system resources.
- Attempting to cause destruction, modify or remove computer equipment,
software, or peripherals without proper authorization.
- Attempting to install software that is not deemed a supported software
product of SCC.
All existing federal and state laws and College regulations apply, including the laws and regulations that are
specific to computers and networks, and those that may apply generally to personal conduct.
Misuse of computing, networking, or information resources may result in a loss of such privileges.
Deliberate violations of these policies will be dealt with in the same manner as violations of other college policies
and may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination.
The institution’s MIS department will provide
support for application software that is licensed and owned by SCC. Freeware/Shareware
programs are not supported unless they appear on the supported software
list. Individuals who utilize SCC computer equipment are responsible for
contacting the MIS department prior to purchasing or installing software
programs. In an effort to promote system stability and compliance, the
MIS department reserves the right to uninstall any programs that are found
to be illegal copies, not owned by SCC, or interfere with the operation
of any system or network. For a current listing of supported software, please
contact the Director of Management Information Systems.
More Information Contact:
Chris Clark - M.I.S. Director
at 1-800-481-2242 ext. 3233 or e-mail