Acceptable Use Policy
Posted by Pamela Kistler-Osborne on 07 February 2012 04:12 PM
Goshen College Code of Conduct for Use of Computing Facilities
The computing and network resources provided by Goshen College are intended to support the academic mission of the institution. Usage of these resources must be in accordance with GC's "Community Standards", other campus policies and guidelines, and applicable laws. Acceptable uses include: instruction, independent study, authorized research, independent research, and the official work of the offices, departments, recognized student and campus organizations, and agencies affiliated with the institution.
If you have a question about whether a specific use of computing or networking resources is legal or appropriate, refer to this document or send e-mail to email@example.com and ask before proceeding.
Please read these rules carefully. For further information, see the Additional Links section at the bottom of this page.
Only you are entitled to use computing resources provided by the college specifically for your use. (Such as your Ethernet connection.)
Do not give your password to anyone else, even people you trust, like your boyfriend, girlfriend, brother, sister, or a friend who has offered to help you fix a problem. If you suspect that someone may have discovered or guessed your password, change it immediately.
The following commercial uses are expressly prohibited:
It is, however, permissable to link to non-GC sites promoting business or professional activity.
Never use any college-provided computing resource to do something illegal, threatening, or deliberately destructive--not even as a joke. All complaints will be investigated. Student Life investigates complaints about students; the Office of the Provost investigates complaints about GC faculty and staff.
Be civil. Do not send rude, offensive or harassing e-mail. If someone asks you to stop sending mail, then stop sending it. If you fail to do so, the person can file a complaint and you can be disciplined. If you ever feel that you are being a victim of harrassment, it should be reported immediately to Student Life (x7543). If you are concerned for your safety or feel that you are in danger, talk to your Resident Director, campus security or Student Life, or in an emergency call 911.
Be a good citizen--use resources appropriately. Do not interfere with the activities of others or use a disproportionate share of resources. Send messages only to those who may be interested in the content. Examples of inappropriate use of resources include.
These actions frequently result in complaints and may incur restriction or suspension of computing priveleges and/or disciplinary action.
Never falsify e-mail or newsgroup postings. This type of forgery can result in serious criminal penalties and disciplinary action by the Judicial Board or the Office of the Provost.
Avoid copyright infringement. It is a violation of college policy and federal law to participate in copyright infringement. Copyrighted materials include, but are not limited to, computer software, audio and video recordings, photographs, illustrations, artwork and written material. Violators are subject to discipline, including suspension, as well as legal liability, even if the work did not contain a written copyright notice. ITS complies with all RIAA and MPAA complaints and will revoke the violator's internet access until the offending material is removed. EduCAUSE maintains a list of legal alternatives for downloading music and video at http://www.educause.edu/legalcontent
Avoid plagiarism. The web contains a wealth of content. If you make use of it, you must include appropriate citation. Never attempt to pass off others' work as your own. Papers you submit for coursework may be checked for plagiarized material copied from the web, other student papers, and selected online databases. Cases of plagiarism are reported to the Associate Dean. Penalties for plagiarism are listed in the college catalog and range from redoing the assignment to dismissal from the college.
More info on Plagiarism
Never try to circumvent login procedures on any computer system or otherwise gain access where you are not allowed. This is not acceptable under any circumstances and can result in serious consequences, including disciplinary action by the Judicial Board or the Office of the Provost.
Additional Links: Digital Milllenium Copyright Act
US Government - Copyright Basics