Pacific Union College is committed to providing a wide range of computing services to support the needs of students, faculty, and staff. The policies described below are designed to ensure the security and integrity of computer resources available on campus, to assure that users have reasonable access to the facilities, and to ensure that the action of any one user will not adversely affect any aspect of the work of another. PUC respects the individual privacy of its users; however, user privacy does not extend to the user's use of the PUC provided computer resources. Individual departments have the right to supplement these policies. The College reserves the right to mandate use of precautionary measures, evaluate, and monitor all computers and electronic telecommunications, except as may be prohibited by federal or state laws.
The computer resources have been installed by PUC to facilitate college-related academic communications and research. Although each user may have an individual password to access the system, the system itself belongs to PUC and the contents of any and all Internet usage are accessible at all times by PUC.
The system may be subject to periodic unannounced inspections and should be treated like any other shared filing system. The contents or records of Internet usage, properly obtained for legitimate purposes may be disclosed without your permission. You should not assume that messages are confidential. Back-up copies of any file on the system may be maintained and referenced for business and/or legal reasons and are not confidential. PUC can and will block web addresses at the discretion of the administration. Further, PUC can and will record web sites accessed or hit by users.
Any downloading, distributing, copying or sharing of copyrighted or proprietary material is illegal without the written authorization of the owner of the rights (17 USC 204(a)). If you are sharing, downloading, or receiving copyrighted materials such as music, video, television programs or software without written authorization of the owner of the rights, please immediately stop this to avoid legal penalties including fines of thousands of dollars from the RIAA and MPAA. Please note that downloading copyrighted materials is not anonymous and your computer can be tracked down.
PUC provides computing resources to assist you at PUC; you should use it for academic purposes only. Incidental and occasional personal use of the Internet is permitted by PUC. PUC reserves the right to access and disclose as necessary, all records of Internet usage sent over its system. Since your Internet usage can be accessed by PUC without prior notice, you should not use the system in any way you would not want to be published. You should not use these systems for purposes such as soliciting or advertising for commercial ventures, religious or personal causes, or outside organizations, or other similar non-academic related solicitations. If PUC discovers you are misusing the network, you may be subject to disciplinary action, including, but not limited to, termination of computer privileges.
You may not use PUC's computer system in any way that may be seen as insulting, disruptive, harassing, or offensive. Use of the PUC system in violation of this guideline will result in immediate disciplinary action, including, but not limited to, termination of privileges.
Please recognize that any activity in the PUC computing resources is not confidential. The system administrators or other College employees can and will access user files at any time. User files may also be subject to search by law enforcement agencies under court order. All computer usage, including, but not limited to, e-mail, word processing, or Internet usage is subject to monitoring and recording. Any website that is hit from a computer attached to the PUC computer network will generate a record of which site was hit.
Users of computer resources at PUC are responsible for safeguarding assigned passwords and for using them for their intended purposes only. Each user is responsible for all activity that occurs under authorization of their password. Following the precautions below will help prevent unauthorized use of and liability for unauthorized use of computer resources:
Minor infractions of the policy, when accidental, or unintended, will generally be resolved informally by the Information Technology Systems and Services management. Repeated minor infractions or serious misconduct may result in the loss of system access. Additionally, any misuse may be prosecuted under applicable laws. Users may also be held accountable under applicable College policies. Any offense which violates local, state, or federal laws may result in the immediate loss of college computing resource privileges and will be referred to appropriate College offices or law enforcement authorities.
By my use of any PUC computing facilities, I agree to abide by the stated guidelines and policies.
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