FM Technology & Computer Use Guidelines
All technology provided by Fulton-Montgomery Community College (FM), including but not limited to equipment, systems, & network, are primarily intended for teaching, learning, research, and administrative purposes. Their use is governed by all applicable College policies including the Board of Trustees Policies and Bylaws, Campus Copyright Policy, and Academic Integrity Policy as referenced in the Student Handbook, The Source. Those who do not adhere to these policies and guidelines may be subject to suspension of computing privileges and/or other campus sanctions as indicated by the campus policies listed above.
Users are expected to abide by the generally accepted standards of behavior and of network & social media etiquette and bear responsibility for the material they chose to access, send or display. The following guidelines are designed to assist and ensure compliance with campus use parameters. Guidelines include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Civility - The campus civility statement encourages an atmosphere of mutual respect and support. Therefore, users should:
- Be polite and use appropriate language in communications with others.
- Do not use the network in such a way that you would deliberately disrupt the use of the network by other users.
- Privacy – All users should respect the privacy of others using campus resources & technology. Therefore:
- Do not reveal your own or anyone else’s personal information when using online or networked resources.
- o Electronic communications are not guaranteed to be private. Please remember that all college computer systems, network and resources are the responsibility of the IT Department and therefore can be accessed by IT personnel as needed and according to campus policy and procedures.
- Campus credentials - i.e. username, password, access tokens, access cards or similar methods used to access campus computer resources - are unique for each individual and should be treated as private and non-transferable.
Specifically, the following restrictions apply and users may not:
- Obstruct other people's work by consuming unnecessarily large amounts of system resources or by deliberately crashing any computer system or make any attempt to cause degradation of system performance.
- Make any attempt to damage computer equipment or software.
- Make any attempt to alter software configurations without proper authorization.
- Make any attempt to violate the security of the campus computer systems.
- Use any campus workstation for any illegal or criminal purpose.
- Violate copyright laws* or software licensing agreements in their use of campus technology.
- Copy, store, post, distribute, install or execute any unauthorized software on campus technology resources in violation of copyright or other US laws.
- Share their campus credentials or utilize another’s.
- Use college technology for commercial, business purposes or personal profit without authorization from the college for such use.
Violations of any of the above may result in loss of access or other campus sanctions. Unlawful activities will be dealt with in a serious and appropriate manner.
* 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.