57-000 COMPUTER ACCOUNT AND NETWORK (POLICY) Students and staff of Oglala Lakota College who have been provided with access to networks (including the Internet) by the college shall be governed by the following policy. The Internet is a network of networks connecting millions of computer users all over the world. This network enables worldwide connection to electronic mail. Discussion groups, databases, software, and other information sources, such as libraries and museums. Oglala Lakota College may provide network access to promote educational excellence in Oglala Lakota a college schools by facilitating resource sharing, innovation and to promote educational excellence in Oglala Lakota College schools by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication. OLC firmly believes that the valuable information and interaction available on networks for outweigh the possibility that users may procure material that is not consistent with the educational goals of Oglala Lakota College. A. Philosophy 1. Risk It is impossible to control all materials on the network. Sites accessible via the network, particularly networks not under OLC control, might contain material that is illegal, defamatory, obscene, inaccurate or controversial. With global access to computers and people, there is a risk that students may access material that might not be considered to be of educational value in the context of the school setting. 2. Users Responsible Network users, like traditional library users, are responsible for their actions in accessing available resources. The user is responsible for making sure any information received does not contain pornographic material, inappropriate information, inappropriate information, inappropriate language, or files that are potentially dangerous to the integrity of the hardware/software on school premises. B. Acceptable Use Oglala Lakota College network access may be used to improve learning and teaching consistent with the educational mission of OLC. Oglala Lakota College expects legal, ethical and efficient use of the network. The acceptable use form (exhibit 57-000-2) shall be included in the Student Handbook and in the Faculty/Staff Handbook. Registration forms shall include the following statements: · I have received a copy of the Student Handbook. · I agree to read this Handbook and to abide by its provisions. Followed by a place for a signature. This signature will be required for the registration form to be considered complete. (BOT action 7-2-2001) 1. Access: Oglala Lakota College may issue network accounts to provide access to network resources. 2. Privilege: Use of a personal Oglala Lakota College network account, once issued, is a privilege, not a right. 3. Voluntary: Use of a personal Oglala Lakota College network account is voluntary on the part of the student or teacher. 4. Subject to System Administration: All Oglala Lakota College network account usage is subject to examination or investigation as needed without prior notification or consent of the user. C. Inappropriate Use Inappropriate use includes, but is not limited to, those users that violate the law, that are not in accord with this policy, or that hamper the integrity or security of Oglala Lakota College networks or any external networks to which OLC networks are connected. Logging or, or attempting to log on, the name or account of another person or entity is prohibited. 1. Commercial Use: Use for commercial, income-generating or "for profit" activities or product advertisement is prohibited. 2. Harassment: Harassment of others is prohibited. 3. Profanity or Obscenity: Use of appropriate language is required. Use of profanity or obscenity is prohibited. All users shall use language appropriate for school situations. 4. Offensive or Inflammatory Speech: Users must respect the rights of others both in the local community and the network at large. Personal attacks are an unacceptable use of the network. If a user is the victim of an inappropriate communication the incident shall be brought to the attention of a teacher or system administrator. 5. Vandalism/Mischief: Vandalism and mischief are prohibited. Vandalism is defined to include any attempt to harm or destroy data of another user on the network, or on any networks that are connected to the network. This includes, but is not limited to, the deliberated creation and/or propagation of computer viruses. Mischief includes interference with the work of other users and is prohibited. 6. User ID Violations: Once an account is issued to a user, that user is responsible for all actions taken while using that account. Sharing of an account with another person is prohibited. 7. Electronic Mail Violations: Forgery of electronic mail messages is prohibited. Reading, deleting, copying, or modifying the electronic mail of other users is prohibited. Sending unsolicited junk e-mail or e-mail chain letters is prohibited. 8. File/Data Violations: Deletion, examination, copying, or modification of fields, and/or data belonging to another user is prohibited. 9. Non-Academic Use: District technology is a valuable, scare resource. It is not to be used for non-academic purpose such as game playing unless approved by the District Director, Instructor, or System Administrator. 10. System Interference/Alteration: Attempts to exceed, evade or change resource quotas that may be established are prohibited. Quotas are limits on local hard drive storage space or network time or storage space which are designed to all users an equitable opportunity to access resources. Causing network congestion through mass consumption of system resources is prohibited. D. Violation of Law Transmission of any material in violation of any international, US or state law is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to: copyrighted material, threatening, harassing or obscene material, or material protected by trade secret. Any attempt to break the law while using Oglala Lakota College facilities may result in prosecution or litigation against the offender. If such an event should occur, Oglala Lakota College will fully cooperate to the extent permitted by law with the authorities to provide any information necessary in connection with prosecution. E. Consequences of Policy Violation A user's network privileges may be interrupted or terminated for any violation or attempted violation of this policy. A user's network privileges may be interrupted or suspended by a staff member, administrator or the System Administrator while a suspected violation is being investigated and while determination of an appropriate discipline is in progress. During such an investigation and determination, alternative opportunities for the user to complete assignments will be made available where appropriate and reasonably possible. Before suspension or termination of network privileges, the user will be advised of the suspected violation. F. Security High Priority: Security on any computer system is a high priority, especially when the system involves many users. Reporting Security Problems: If the user identifies a security problem on the network, it is expected that a user will notify the System Administrator for Technology or a designee. The user must not share the security problem with other users. Security Risks Denied Access: Any user identified as a security risk or having a history of violation with other computer systems may be denied access to network through Oglala Lakota College facilities. It is the intent of Oglala Lakota College to prohibit access to such persons. G. Disclaimer Oglala Lakota College makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the network facilities it is providing. Oglala Lakota College will not be responsible for any damages suffered by users. This includes loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, mis-deliveries, or service interruptions caused by its own negligence or user errors or omissions. Oglala Lakota College is not responsible for phone/credit card bills or any other charges incurred by users. Use of any information obtained via the network is at the user's own risk. Oglala Lakota College specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through its network facilities.
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