Student Computing Policies
Policies regarding use of information technology while at Unity College.
Unity College provides a variety of computing and networking resources because they are important to academic and personal growth. In using these resources we are all bound by college policy, and local, state, and federal law. Sometimes computing raises special ethical and legal questions that call for separate clarification. Here are the Unity College policies that are particularly related to student computing.
Computer accounts for Internet access and e-mail are provided to students for their personal use while enrolled at Unity College. Students may not lend these accounts to others or use others’ accounts. Students are responsible for all activity from their account including someone else’s activity. Because of this, it is imperative that students keep their passwords confidential and never lend their account to another person. Students, in their communications, may not pretend to be anyone else or attempt to represent the college in any official capacity. Students may not use their e-mail accounts for any activities that produce income.
Network capacity, lab computers, print services, etc. are limited shared resources. Students should not waste these resources. Academic pursuits are the first priority, all other uses are secondary. Students should relinquish a resource to someone with a higher priority.
Academic course-related printing is covered by the student technology fee, in moderation. Students are provided with a $50 credit per semester. These credits do not accrue from semester to semester and are use it or lose it. This credit is designed to the majority of all student course-related printing. Students for whom this credit is insufficient may purchase additional printing credits online using the PaperCut system or through the Unity College Bookstore.
It is easy to copy material from around the world. Students are reminded that work that is not theirs must be properly attributed. Students may not use material, including software that they are not entitled to use. Students must not allow software licensed to Unity College to be used by people who are not entitled to use it.
Personal Hardware Devices
The college is not responsible for losses due to theft or other hazards. Students must provide their own insurance if they feel that they need insurance. Students may use only software that they are entitled to use. A student is responsible for all activity from his/her personal computing devices, no matter who is using it.
Other Legal Restrictions
Students should be aware that there are many laws affecting computing and activities. There are legal statutes covering system intrusion, harassment, data privacy, fraud, child pornography, theft of services, and use of publicly funded facilities for religious or political purposes. In some situations, the College is obligated to share with authorities violations of the law when using College computer systems.
Changes in Policy
Students are bound by the Terms of Service while enrolled at Unity College. From time to time, these terms will change and students are responsible for acquainting themselves with changes once per semester, and abiding by those changes. Current Terms of Service are on the Unity web site under Information Technology.
Violations of the Terms of Service will be dealt with according to disciplinary procedures outlined in the Student Handbook. This may result in denial of access to college computing facilities or in other disciplinary action.
Using the Unity College Network from your room in the residence halls is a privilege. In order to retain that privilege there are a few rules that need to be followed. These rules are in place to ensure that the network is used as intended and that it functions properly for everyone. Violation of any of these guidelines may result in judicial action and loss of network privileges.
- The Unity College network is intended to support the academic, educational and research efforts of the students and employees of Unity College. Only members of the College community are entitled to use it. It may not be used to support personal moneymaking activities, advertise a commercial business or to support a personal business.
- In the residence halls the student assigned to a given network connection is responsible for all activity originating from it. Students may not tamper with the network wiring or hardware other than that which is in the student’s computer. If there is a problem with the network connection, report it to the network administrator for service.
- Under no circumstances may a computer connected to the Unity College Network use an IP address other than the IP address assigned to it by the IT department.
- Only one computer may be connected to any jack in the residence halls. No network devices other than a single, Ethernet network interface card may be connected to the jack.
- No servers of any sort may be run on the Unity College Network other than those specifically approved and installed by the Information Technology department. This includes, but is not limited to, running any server version of Windows (NT, 2000,2003,2008, etc), Novell Netware or any form of UNIX or Linux in a server configuration. This also includes, but is not limited to, using any computer or device to provide services such as DNS, DHCP, BOOTP, WINS, FTP, or HTTP (including Windows Personal Web server). Peer to Peer file sharing servers such as Kazaa, Morpheus, LimeWire, and similar programs are strictly prohibited.
- In the event that a computer begins sending signals to the network that are disruptive to network operations, the connection to that computer will be disconnected to protect the integrity of the network. IT staff will assist in diagnosing the problem and will re-enable the connection once fixed.
- Students may not possess or use any hardware or software designed to interfere with the operation or security of the network or devices connected to it.
- The Unity College Network is the property of Unity College. Any information traversing it is also the property of Unity College. Under normal circumstances, the privacy of the users of the network will be respected, but in the event of an investigation into a security or performance problem on the network, the contents of network traffic may be recorded and examined.
- Students may not use the network to engage in software piracy or copyright infringement. Sharing software with other network users is not permitted unless the student has obtained licensing for that software which specifically permits the student to share copies of it.
- Students may not use the network to violate any federal, state or local laws or statutes nor may the student use the network to violate any policy of Unity College.
- Students are ultimately responsible for the operation and maintenance of their own computing hardware. The installation and use of anti-virus software and frequent updates to the operating system, applications, and anti-virus definition files are required to maintain a secure operating environment.
- This policy is subject to change without prior notice. The current policy will always be posted on the Unity College web site under Information Technology.
- Portable cordless phones and other devices that operate on 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz frequencies interfere with the operation of wireless networks. These devices are banned from campus and will be confiscated if discovered.
The Information Technology department supports all College-owned hardware and software applications and provides connectivity support for personally-owned devices connecting to campus network and systems.
While we would like to provide support to all students and employees for any personally-owned device, this is not a practical endeavor. As a courtesy, we are happy to review any problem with you and to provide you with options for assistance. If your computer issue falls outside of the scope of our support policy, we suggest contacting the original equipment manufacturer or vendor who sold you the particular hardware or software or contacting a local computer store for assistance. For this reason, we strongly recommend the purchase of a laptop with 4-year warranty coverage.