The computing resources and facilities offered by Peru State College are the property of Peru State College and are to be used for the sharing of knowledge, the creative process, and collaborative efforts within Peru State College’s educational, research and public service missions.
The guidelines outlined in this policy are to be followed by all users of the Peru State College network pertaining to the use of communications facilities, equipment and services offered by Peru State College, and to ensure compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and policies of the Nebraska State Colleges.
Acceptance of any account code (username/password) that provides access to computing resources and/or to Peru State College information systems shall constitute an agreement on behalf of the user or any other individual accessing such information to abide and be bound by the provisions of this policy. Access to Peru State College information systems is a privilege, not a right. Every user is to be responsible for the integrity of the system, respect the rights of other users, the integrity of the physical facilities and controls, and all pertinent license and contractual agreements related to the college systems.
When Peru State College information systems are functioning properly, a user can expect the files and data he or she generates to be private information, unless the creator of the file or data takes action to reveal it to others. Users should be aware, however, that no information system is completely secure. Persons both within and outside the Peru State College System may find ways to access files. Accordingly, Peru State College cannot and does not guarantee user privacy and users should be continuously aware of this fact.
Users will make reasonable efforts to safeguard their account codes and passwords. No user may allow unauthorized persons access to college data, computing or network resources by sharing their password. When any user terminates his or her relations with the college, his or her username and password shall be denied further access to college computing resources.
Peru State College is a provider of a means to access information available through electronic information resources. The college is not a regulator of the content of the information and takes no responsibility for the content of the information, except for that information the college creates itself and those acting on its behalf create. Use of computers, software, or other college equipment for personal or commercial financial gain is strictly prohibited unless specifically authorized by the college.
Personal use of State College information systems, including computing resources and facilities, is to be for college related purposes. Limited personal use of college information systems is permitted so long as such usage conforms to policy, does not interfere with college operations including security of the system, and network response time, and does not interfere with the ability of other users to use the system.
All users of Peru State College electronic equipment and facilities are expected to respect the privacy of other users and their data, and to respect the legal protection provided by copyright and licensing laws to programs and data. All relevant laws and regulations, including state public records laws, federal copyright laws, and federal privacy laws such as the Family Educational Rights to Privacy Act are to be respected by users. Downloading, distributing and/or displaying any copyrighted material without permission of the copyright owner is strictly prohibited.
Refusal to comply with these provisions and any other Federal, State or local laws that govern any aspects of computer and telecommunications use may result in denial of access to Peru State College information systems or other disciplinary action including suspension or termination of employment. The college may restrict or prohibit the use of its information systems in response to complaints presenting evidence of violations of college policies or state or federal laws. Should a violation or policy abuse occur, the individual who committed the violation shall be personally liable for his or her actions.
Users are also expected to respect the integrity of computing systems and shall not develop programs that harass other users or infiltrate a computer or computing system and/or damage or alter the software components of a computer or computing system.
Although it is the policy of Peru State College not to monitor individual usage of any computing resources, the College, reserves the right to inspect all electronic files, e-mail or voice mail of any user, without advance notice or specific permission, for any legitimate business purpose. A legitimate business purpose must be based on reasonable cause and be reasonable in both the inception and scope of the inspection. A legitimate business purpose may include, but not be limited to, inspecting the contents of computer files, e-mail and network communications when it is considered necessary to maintain or protect the integrity, security or functionality of college or other computer resources, to protect the college from liability, when there is reasonable cause to believe that a user has violated this policy or otherwise misused computing resources, when an account appears to be engaged in unusual or unusually excessive activity, and when otherwise required or permitted by law. Anytime that monitoring or inspection of electronic files, e-mail or voice mail is carried out by the College, full documentation is to be made available to the involved personnel. This documentation should include: reason, time, date, document inspected, result of the inspection, and person authorizing the inspection.
The following uses are considered unacceptable, unauthorized and prohibited.
- Use of the system and any attached network, network device, or network service in a manner that precludes or significantly hampers its use by others.
- Recreational use of the network shall be prohibited if it significantly hampers the use of the system by others. The installation or playing of computer entertainment games on Peru State College equipment is prohibited unless used as instructional tools, as a means of introducing and motivating students and employees to use new computer systems/applications, and as a means of helping students and employees develop and improve manual dexterity to efficiently use the current generation of desktop computers. Games can also be used to illustrate fundamental concepts of computer science and computer graphic design.
- Use for for-profit activities, for private or personal business, or for any commercial or personal purpose or advertising is unauthorized unless expressly approved by the College/System Office.
- To transmit or knowingly receive threatening, obscene or harassing materials, or to use the State College network for illegal purposes.
- To misrepresent oneself or the College when using the network.
- To use the network to access information or resources unless permission to do so has been granted by the owners or holders of rights to those resources and information.
By accessing Peru State College computing resources and facilities you agree to this policy.