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Computing and Networking Appropriate Use Policy          Student Computing Networking Terms and Conditions

Internet Traffic Management Policy      Online Gaming Policy

Computing And Networking Appropriate Use Policy

St. Norbert College provides computing and networking facilities to support its educational mission. These facilities include central computer systems, personal computer laboratories, communications networks, and associated software, files, and data. The computing and networking facilities are a College community resource. Their use by students, faculty, staff, and other members of the College community is a requirement and a right that is accompanied by a corresponding responsibility to use them in an appropriate manner.

Each computer user must respect the rights of others. Users must apply the highest level of ethical conduct to their use of computing and networking facilities.

Confidentiality and Privacy

The College will treat personal files and communications as confidential and will only examine or disclose their contents:

  • when authorized by the owner, or

  • when directed by authorization of the Vice President and CIO. Such actions will be taken when:

    • required by legal obligations or responsibilities;

    • there is evidence or presumption of violation of civil or criminal laws;

    • there is evidence or presumption of violation of College policies;

    • there is concern about the safety or well-being of a member of the College community.

 

Appropriate use of computing and networking facilities

Students, faculty, staff, and other members of the College community may:

  • use College-owned computers, programs, and data to which each individual is authorized access;
  • connect to College-owned resources with their own computers;

  • use College-provided networking, including access to the Internet;

  • use computing and networking facilities and resources for the purposes for which they are assigned, particularly in the case of specialized facilities;

  • use computing and networking facilities and resources in a manner that is consistent with the mission and educational purpose of the College.

 

Inappropriate use of computing and networking facilities

Students, faculty, staff, and other members of the College community may not

  • use computing and networking facilities and resources in a way that violates any applicable laws, contractual agreements, or licenses, including copyright laws;

  • use computing and networking facilities and resources in a way that is not consistent with the mission and educational purpose of the College, misrepresents the College, or violates any College policy including the Academic Honor Code and the College's behavioral policies;

  • use computing and networking facilities and resources in a manner considered harmful or harassing to a person or that would violate human dignity as described in the St. Norbert College Core Values;

  • use computing and networking facilities and resources in a manner that interferes with the ability of others to make effective use of these facilities, including:

    • disruption of computer operations or communications,

    • destruction or unauthorized modification of equipment;

  • view, copy, alter, or destroy data, software, documentation, or data communications belonging to the College or another individual without permission;

  • consciously disregard computer security directives, such as:

    • using a computer account belonging to another individual;

    • sharing their passwords with another individual or permitting another individual to use their accounts;

    • exposing other computers or the network to security threats such as viruses and spyware.
Sanctions for inappropriate use

Sanctions for inappropriate use of computing and networking facilities and resources may include, but are not limited to, one or more of the following:

  • temporary or permanent revocation of access to some or all computing and networking resources and facilities;
  • disciplinary action according to applicable College policies;
  • legal action according to applicable laws and contractual agreements.


Individuals concerned about any violation of this policy encouraged to contact the Vice President and CIO or the Vice President of Mission and Student Affairs. 

 

Student Computer Networking Terms and Conditions

Network service to students is provided by St. Norbert College to enhance the educational experience. It is a privilege and must not be abused. By accepting a connection to the network, you agree to the following terms and conditions. If you do not adhere to these terms and conditions, you will be subject to losing your network connection privilege.

  • I agree to adhere to the St. Norbert College Computing and Networking Appropriate Use Policy, and in particular I agree to adhere to all applicable laws, contractual agreements, and licenses, including copyright laws.

  • I will register and properly configure every computer that I connect to the College network.

  • I will not set up my computer to be a web, mail, ftp, or any other type of server, use peer-to-peer file sharing software, or share resources such as printers, files, programs, games, music, movies, etc.

  • I will not install or use any networking hardware, software, or protocols, including wireless networking equipment, without the express permission of Information Technology Services.

  • I have installed or will install on my computer the College’s antivirus software, which is provided for free. I understand that if my computer becomes infected with a virus, it will be disconnected from the College network.

  • I must purchase any software I wish to install on my computer. I will not copy licensed software from the network.

  • I will be responsible for any software installation or other changes that I make to my computer. If such changes cause my computer to become inoperable on the network, I may be required to reverse the changes if I wish my computer to successfully use the network.

  • I understand that Information Technology Services will make its best effort to help me connect my computer to the campus network, provided it meets the minimum requirements, but that there may be computers that simply will not work with the network.

  • Information Technology Services is responsible for the network connection only up to the point where my cable connects to the hub or wall jack. I agree that I am responsible for all maintenance, repairs, or enhancements to my computer.

  • I agree to keep in good working condition all hubs and other College-owned computer equipment. I understand that if I do not, my College account will be billed for the missing or damaged items. 

 

Internet Traffic Management Policy

St. Norbert College provides computing and networking facilities and services to support its educational mission, including access to the Internet. Internet use by students, faculty, staff, and other members of the College community over the campus network is a privilege, and is accompanied by a corresponding responsibility to use it in an appropriate manner. Such use is governed by the Computing and Networking Appropriate Use Policy.

There are a wide range of services and resources available over the Internet. Some result in significant amounts of Internet traffic, some use very little. Because Internet bandwidth (capacity) is a finite resource that the College must pay for, it is important that we manage our Internet traffic in such a way as to support the primary mission of the College and allocate that resource equitably.

Confidentiality and privacy

The networking infrastructure supporting access to the Internet is the property of St. Norbert College, as are all communications that traverse it. The College treats network communications as confidential and will only examine or disclose their contents:

  • when authorized by the owner, or

  • when required to evaluate and/or adjust the network to ensure effective operation, or

  • when directed by the combined authorization of the Director of Information Technology and the appropriate Vice President. Such actions will be taken when there is evidence or reasonable information that inappropriate use of computing and networking facilities and resources is taking place, when situations involve health or safety of people or property, or when required by legal obligations or responsibilities.

Implementation

In the current implementation of Internet traffic management, only Internet traffic that uses too many simultaneous Internet connections, such as peer-to-peer file sharing, is affected. This type of traffic is not blocked, but is limited in the number of simultaneous connections that it is allowed to use. No other Internet traffic is restricted beyond the limits of the College’s overall capacity. 

 

Online Gaming Policy

Online gaming is not prohibited or blocked in the residence halls or any other campus location, but it is not considered high-priority Internet traffic. The exact type of traffic associated with online gaming services varies, but it generally falls into one of the low-priority categories of Internet traffic. Gaming traffic competes with other types of low-priority Internet traffic, and some gaming sites may not work well in such competitive environments. In addition, some gaming services cannot deal with our firewall.

If you are unable to connect to certain online gaming sites, it may be because your traffic is competing with other traffic generated by other users who are online at the same time, performing similar activities. You may be able to connect to those sites at times when there is less Internet traffic in the residence halls.

St. Norbert College does not guarantee access to online gaming sites – or to any other Internet site – and cannot be held responsible for any difficulty in using online gaming or other Internet-based recreational services. Questions may be directed to the Service Desk (920-403-4040 or servicedesk@snc.edu), although our ability to assist in this area is very limited.

 



Information Technology Services

Phone: (920) 403-4040
Fax: (920) 403-4084
E-mail: it@snc.edu


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