Campus Technology Acceptable Use Policy
It is the responsibility of each member of the Northpoint community to use the services provided by the College's campus network and computing systems appropriately and in compliance with all college, town, county, state, and federal laws and regulations. This policy covers all persons accessing a computer, telecommunications or network resource at Northpoint Bible College, including the campus data network, electronic mail, file sharing, printing, world-wide web services, telephone services and cable television. College computing systems are college resources and may be provided to employees for business purposes. Computers and the information contained on them are the property of the college and may be accessed by college administration at any time.
College policy and relevant laws apply to use of the college's network and computing services. Actions that are unacceptable in the college community are also unacceptable on the network, computing systems and other electronic services, including:
- Harassment in any form.
- Failure to respect the rights and property of others.
- Forgery or other misrepresentation of one's identity.
- Distribution of copyrighted materials without the permission of the copyright owner.
In addition, these policies specific to Northpoint Bible College's network and electronic services apply:
- College systems, networks and electronic services may only be used for legal purposes and to access only those systems, software, and data for which the user is authorized.
- College systems, networks and electronic services are provided only for uses consistent with the academic mission of the institution. They may not be used for private commercial or partisan political purposes, for personal gain, for unsolicited advertising, nor in any way that jeopardizes the college's tax-exempt status. College facilities may not be used to provide Northpoint Bible College network, Internet access, cable TV or telephone service to anyone outside of the Northpoint Bible community for any purpose. The college's conflict of interest and consulting/outside employment policies also apply.
- College technology facilities may not be used in ways that violate the privacy rights of individuals, the college's confidentiality policy or related laws.
- Information resources licensed by the college for the use of its students, faculty or staff may not be re-transmitted outside of the college community.
- Network, cable TV and telephone services and wiring may not be modified or extended beyond the area of their intended use. This applies to all wiring, hardware and in-room jacks.
- Computer users may not assign an IP (Internet Protocol) address to their machines. IP addresses are assigned dynamically. Manually assigning an IP addresses to one's machine may disrupt the network access of another user. Users with special needs may request a permanent IP address from the Director of Technology.
- Electronic mail is a College resource and is provided as a college-related communications tool. Employees with legitimate business purposes may have the need to view your electronic mail messages. It is also possible that others may view your messages inadvertently, and there is no guarantee of privacy for an electronic mail message.
- The campus network is a shared resource. Therefore, network uses or applications which inhibit or interfere with the use of the network by others are not permitted (For example, applications which use an unusually high portion of network bandwidth for extended periods of time, thus inhibiting the use of the network by others, are not permitted).
- Users are required to know and obey the specific policies established for the systems and networks they access. They have a responsibility to stay informed of changes and adapt as needed.
- Administrators of the network, computer systems and other electronic services have the responsibility to protect the rights of users, to set policies consistent with those rights, and to publicize those policies to their users. They have authority to control or refuse access to the network or other services to anyone who violates these policies or threatens the rights of other users.
Employee/Student violations of the Acceptable Use Policy will be treated as violations of college policy and may result in disciplinary action. Prosecution under state and federal laws may also apply.