Updated: May 2017

Access to the Internet has been provided to employees for the benefit of the organization and its students. It allows employees to connect to information resources around the world. Every employee has a responsibility to maintain and enhance the organization’s public image and to use the Internet in a productive manner.

Employees accessing the Internet are representing the organization. All communications should be for professional reasons. Employees are responsible for seeing that the Internet is used in an effective, ethical, and lawful manner. Internet Relay Chat channels may be used to conduct official organization business or to gain technical or analytical information. Databases may be accessed for information as needed. E-mail may be used for business contacts.

The Internet should not be used for personal gain or advancement of individual views. Solicitation of non-organization business or any use of the Internet for personal gain is strictly prohibited. Use of the Internet must not disrupt the operation of the organization network or the networks of other users. It must not interfere with your productivity.

Each employee is responsible for the content of all text, audio, or images that they place or send over the Internet. Fraudulent, harassing, or obscene messages are prohibited. All messages communicated on the Internet should have your name attached. No messages will be transmitted under an assumed name. Users may not attempt to obscure the origin of any message. Information published on the Internet should not violate or infringe upon the rights of others. No abusive, profane, or offensive language is transmitted through the system.

To prevent computer viruses from being transmitted through the system, there will be no unauthorized downloading of any software. All software downloads will be approved and installed by the president’s designee.

Copyrighted materials belonging to entities other than the organization may not be transmitted by employees on the Internet. One copy of copyrighted material may be downloaded for your own personal use in research. Users are not permitted to copy, transfer, rename, add, or delete information or programs belonging to other users unless given express permission to do so by the owner. Failure to observe copyright or license agreements may result in disciplinary action from the organization or legal action by the copyright owner.

All messages created, sent, or retrieved over the Internet are the property of the organization and should be considered public information. The organization reserves the right to access and monitor all messages and files on the computer system as deemed necessary and appropriate. Internet messages are public communication and are not private. All communication including text and images can be disclosed to law enforcement or other third parties without prior consent of the sender or the receiver.

Harassment of any kind is prohibited. No messages with derogatory or inflammatory remarks about an individual or group’s age, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression or transgender status, marital status, religion, creed, ancestry, national and ethnic origin, veteran’s status, physical, mental handicap or other legally protected classification in any of its policies or procedures may be transmitted.