Computer Use Policy

Morris College's computer policies seek to achieve the legitimate and proper use of the institution's computing resources. These policies are intended to legitimately maximize the interests and rights of all computer users.

Computing resources that are the property of Morris College are intended for support of the instructional and administrative programs of the institution. Examples of computing resources are system and campus computing facilities and networks, electronic mail, Internet services, computer laboratories, office and residence hall workstations and the College's databases. Users of the College's computing services, databases and facilities are responsible for appropriate and legal use. Appropriate use of system computing resources means:

  • Using the resources provided by the College to enhance its mission to serve the needs of its administrators, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community.
  • Respecting the rights of other computer users.
  • Protecting the integrity of the physical and software facilities.
  • Complying with all pertinent licenses and contractual agreements.
  • Complying with all of the College's policies and state and federal laws.

Negligent or intentional conduct leading to disruption and/or damage of electronic networks or information systems, as defined by this policy, may result in the loss of computing privileges. If a violation of appropriate use occurs, a warning will first be given notifying the individual that his/her action violates policy and that his/her access will be suspended if the action continues. The College's policies on misconduct or inappropriate behavior, as described in the Personnel Policy Handbook for Morris College or the Morris College Student Handbook, shall be followed if the need to suspend computing privileges of faculty, staff, or students should occur. However, if the security and operation of the computing systems or networks are jeopardized, access may be immediately cancelled.

Inappropriate computer uses that are prohibited include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Use of computer resources or electronic information for any purpose that may violate federal or state laws (misrepresenting or forging your identity or the source of any electronic communication, threats of violence, and/or harassing communications).
  • Use of computer resources in the computer laboratories to play games, chat, display obscenities or pornography or to reproduce documents with the intent to plagiarize.
  • Use of computer resources by students in the office of a faculty or staff member, or administrator without authorization of the Academic Dean.
  • Knowingly and without authorization use, alter, damage or destroy any computer, computer network, software, program, documentation, or data.
  • Use of resources for personal or private business or commercial activities, fund raising or advertising on behalf of non-college organizations. This includes setting up a commercial Web site on your personal computer which is made accessible to the world via a connection through the College's network.