Fulton-Montgomery Community College
Information Technology Facilities & Services


Appropriate Use
Guidelines & Procedures



The Library & Computer Center Computers, provided by The Fulton-Montgomery Community College, are primarily intended for teaching, learning, research, and administrative purposes. Their use is governed by all applicable College policies, including the Student Rights & Responsibilities Policy as referenced in the Student Handbook. Transmission of any material in violation of any U.S. or state regulation is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to: copyrighted material*, threatening or obscene material, or material protected by trade secret. Use for product advertisement or political lobbying is also prohibited. Those who do not adhere to these guidelines may be subject to suspension of computing privileges.
The user bears the primary responsibility for the material that he or she chooses to access, send or display. The computer facilities on Campus may not be used in any manner which contravenes the above policies, laws or statutes.


Use Guidelines

Users are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette. These include (but are not limited to) the following:

sumbul1d.gif (441 bytes)   Be polite. Do not get abusive in messages to others.
sumbul1d.gif (441 bytes)   Use appropriate language.
sumbul1d.gif (441 bytes)   Illegal activities are strictly forbidden.
sumbul1d.gif (441 bytes)   Do not reveal the personal address or phone numbers of students or colleagues.
sumbul1d.gif (441 bytes)  Note that electronic mail (e-mail) is not guaranteed to be private. People who operate the
     system have access to all mail. Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities may
     be reported to the authorities.
sumbul1d.gif (441 bytes)  Do not use the network in such a way that you would deliberately disrupt the use of the
     network by other users.
sumbul1d.gif (441 bytes)  All communications and information accessible via the network are subject to
     U.S. Copyright Law.*

Users may not:

sumbul1d.gif (441 bytes)  Obstruct other people's work by consuming unnecessarily large amounts of system
     resources or by deliberately crashing any computer system.
sumbul1d.gif (441 bytes)  Make any attempt to damage computer equipment or software. Make any attempt
     to alter software configurations without proper authorization.
sumbul1d.gif (441 bytes)  Make any attempt to cause degradation of system performance.
sumbul1d.gif (441 bytes)  Make any attempt to violate the security of the campus computer systems.
sumbul1d.gif (441 bytes)  Use any campus workstation for any illegal or criminal purpose.
sumbul1d.gif (441 bytes)  Violate copyright laws* or software licensing agreements in their use of campus workstations.
sumbul1d.gif (441 bytes)  Install or execute any software to the hard drive (ex.: c:\).
Violations of any of the above may result in loss of access. Unlawful activities will be dealt with in a serious and appropriate manner.



As with printed information, not all sources on the Internet provide accurate, complete, or current information. Users should evaluate Internet sources just as they do printed publications, questioning the validity of the information provided.


* U.S. copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code) prohibits the unauthorized reproduction or distribution of copyrighted materials, except as permitted by the principles of "fair use". Users may not copy or distribute electronic materials (including electronic mail, text, images, programs or data) without the explicit permission of the copyright holder. Any responsibility for any consequences of copyright infringement lies with the user; the campus expressly disclaims any liability or responsibility resulting from such use.


Copyright 1999 [FMCC].  All rights reserved.
Revised:  09/06/01