Computer equipment, email accounts, facsimile equipment, and Internet access are provided exclusively for student’s educational activities. Downloading distributing or sending pornographic or obscene materials is prohibited. This includes viewing or book marking any such web sites, or opening or forwarding any such email, fax or voicemail messages. Any intentional, willful or reckless transferring of viruses, as the result of an email message or attachment will be cause for disciplinary action. Any communications by students via email, instant messenger, voicemail, or fax that may constitute verbal abuse, slander, defamation or may be considered offensive, harassing, vulgar, obscene, or threatening is prohibited. Offensive content includes, but is not limited to, sexual comments or images, racial slurs, gender-specific comments, or any comments that would offend someone on the basis of age, race, sex, color, religion, national origin, handicap, disability, or veteran’s status. Any individual with a complaint about such communications should refer to the policy of non-discrimination section in this catalog.
Students should not expect that computer files, email, voicemail or Internet bookmarks are confidential or private and therefore, should have no expectation of privacy whatsoever related to their usage of these systems. Even when a message or file is erased, it is still possible to recover the message or file, and therefore privacy of messages and computer files, cannot be ensured to anyone. Messages sent through drives of any computer on the university premises, as well as saved voicemail messages, are the sole property of the university as they may be considered business records and could be used in administrative, judicial, or other proceedings.
The University licenses software to support its educational processes. Students are not permitted to copy, remove, or install software. By using the University’s computer equipment, software, and communications devices, all students knowingly and voluntarily consent to their use of these systems being monitored and acknowledge the University’s right to conduct such monitoring. The media and equipment are intended to be used for business and educational purposes only and any other use by students may result in discipline up to and including withdrawal.