NORTHERN VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Computer Use Agreement

Northern Virginia Community College's computing resources have been deployed to enhance the educational experience of its students and the operating efficiency of its faculty and staff. As with its other resources, these computing resources are the property of the College and are to be used for College purposes. Computers and other computer resources are College property and the rules and regulations that apply to College property apply to computing resources.

Computer software, databases, and electronic documents are protected by copyright law, and users may not violate the copyright protection of any information, software, or data with which they come into contact through the College's computing resources. Students, faculty, and staff are responsible for understanding how copyright law applies to their electronic transactions.

Users of Northern Virginia Community College's computing resources are required to respect the privacy of other users. They may use only their own user identification, unless they have been authorized by a College official to use someone else's. They may not allow others to use their user identification.

Users may take advantage only of the computing equipment and services they have express permission to use. They may use these resources only for the purposes for which they have been given permission. They may not use any system loopholes or special knowledge of computer systems to make any changes in the system, to make use of any extra resources, or to take resources from others.

Users may not attempt to gain access to information owned by the College or by its authorized users without the permission of the owners of that information. They may not attempt to intercept or read messages not intended for them. Users must identify themselves in all messages sent from College computers.

The College's computing resources may not be used to support any commercial venture or for personal financial gain, unless such use has been specifically approved in advance by the College president. The College's computing resources may not be used to send or seek out obscenities or obscene materials except to the extent that doing so is a component of a bona fide College activity.

Users must follow any special rules that are posted or communicated to them by responsible staff members whenever they use the College's computing laboratories and classrooms and computers in the Learning Resources Centers. Users shall do nothing intentionally that degrades or disrupts the computer systems or interferes with systems and equipment that support the work of others. Users may neither transmit nor make accessible offensive or harassing material. Users must report problems with the College's resources to the staff in charge, or to the IT Help Desk.

Violating College or VCCS policy regarding computer use is a serious offense that will result in disciplinary action as well as possible prosecution under federal and state law.

February 12, 2002