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Revised July 2019
The purpose of these guidelines is to outline the acceptable uses of computing and technology resources for the Harford Community College (HCC) community. These guidelines outline the standards for acceptable use of the College’s computing and technology systems (collectively, the “Systems”) that include, but are not limited to, equipment, software, networks, data, copy/print equipment, Internet, Intranet, electronic mail, voice mail and telecommunications equipment whether owned, leased, or otherwise provided by HCC. These guidelines are intended to reflect the College’s commitment to the principles, goals, and ideals described in the HCC vision statement and to its core values.
Exceptions to these guidelines can only be authorized by the Chief Information Officer or the College President.
Harford Community College provides computing and networking resources to the campus community of students, faculty, staff, and the public to support its educational mission. Computers, networks, and the Systems can provide access to resources on and off campus, as well as the ability to communicate with other users worldwide. Such open access is a privilege, and requires that individual users act responsibly. Users must respect the rights of other users, respect the integrity of the Systems and related physical resources, and observe all relevant HCC policies or any requirements that may be approved by the Board of Trustees. Computing and networking resources must always be used in compliance with all international, federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
The College expects all computer users to understand and abide by these user obligations when using the computer equipment and resources.
Everyone using Harford Community College’s Systems is responsible for protecting information transmitted, used and/or stored on/in HCC’s Systems.
In general, the HCC community may use the College’s Systems (including authorized personally owned computers or devices connected to the HCC network) in connection with the College’s core teaching, research, and service missions. Under no circumstances may members of the HCC community use the College’s Systems in ways that are unethical or illegal, that threaten the College’s status, or that interfere with reasonable use by other members of the HCC community. Any use of the College’s Systems for pornographic, offensive, harassing or commercial purposes (including private/ personally owned businesses) is strictly forbidden.
The following examples, though not covering every situation, are also prohibited:
There is no inherent right to privacy for information stored on HCC Systems , except as provided by the Privacy Act of 1974. All components and all communications and information stored in, transmitted from, received by or contained within the Systems are the property of the College. Federal law permits system administrator access to stored electronic communications if that access is necessary for the rendition of service. Random monitoring of electronic communications by HCC is generally not conducted unless required to do so by law or at the request of the College President, who in his/her sole discretion suspects violations of the requirements of these guidelines. The College does reserve the right to investigate unusual or suspicious activities that relate to Systems when becoming aware of such activities. These investigations could include monitoring desktops, software programs, individual files, etc. to ensure that resources are being used appropriately, and to ensure that inappropriate personal use, illegal or unethical behavior, or other activities that could jeopardize the ability to provide resources to the College community are not occurring.
Failure to comply with the appropriate use of the College’s Systems threatens the atmosphere for the sharing of information, the free exchange of ideas, the secure environment for creating and maintaining information. Failure to comply with the requirements of these guidelines subjects one to disciplinary action. Any member of the HCC community found using computing and technology resources for unethical or unacceptable practices has violated these guidelines and is subject to disciplinary proceedings up to and including suspension of system privileges, expulsion from the College, termination of employment and/or legal action as may be appropriate (students are also subject to information in the Student Code).
HCC reserves the right to limit or restrict the use of its Systems based on institutional priorities and financial considerations, as well as when it is presented with evidence of a violation of College policies, contractual agreements, or state and federal laws and regulations.
These guidelines shall be assessed three years from their effective date to determine appropriateness and applicability. The guidelines may be assessed before that time to reflect significant changes to the Systems and/or changes in legal statutes that impact technology resources, copyright, or other intellectual property issues.
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WARNING! Authorized Use Only
Access to the Harford Community College (HCC) network is restricted to students, employees, and members of the general public authorized by HCC or its affiliates. Use of this system is subject to the Computer Use Guidelines located at http://www.harford.edu/aup/. Unauthorized use of the computing systems and facilities may constitute grounds for discipline and/or dismissal, including civil or criminal prosecution.
The College can and will monitor any or all transmissions on campus computers or systems. All electronic, print, or other media are the sole property of HCC. No rights of privacy should be inferred or expected. The general public may be granted limited access to Internet or restricted academic computing resources.
Use of this computer system indicates that you understand and consent to these terms and conditions of use.
LOG OFF IMMEDIATELY IF YOU DO NOT CONSENT TO ABIDE BY ALL HCC USAGE POLICIES.
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