Acceptable Use Agreement

Conditions, Rules and Acceptable Use Agreement (Bank Street College Computer Network)

The Bank Street College of Education's Network has many components. These include:

  •  Connections to the Network both physical and Wireless
  •  Bank Street College’s Websites
  •  Electronic mail (Email)
  •  Access to the Library catalog and research databases
  •  Access to the Internet and the World Wide Web
  •  Internal administrative computing systems and academic information
  •  Personal computers and equipment

This allows students and staff to access and use information sources from distant computers as well as from those within the College, to communicate and share information with individuals or groups of other students and staff, and to significantly expand their knowledge base. Therefore, students and staff must understand and practice proper and ethical use.

PROPER AND ETHICAL USE: Students and staff must understand and practice proper and ethical use.

CONDITIONS AND RULES FOR USE:

1. Acceptable Use

a) The purpose of the College Network (which includes Internet access) is to facilitate communications in support of research and education, by providing access to unique resources and an opportunity for collaborative work. To remain eligible as a user, your use of the Network must be in support of and consistent with the educational objectives of the College. Bank Street College and all users of the College Network must comply with existing rules and Acceptable Use Policies, which are incorporated into this document.

b) Transmission of any material in violation of any governmental law or regulation is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, copyrighted material, threatening or obscene material, or material protected by trade secret.

c) Use for personal commercial activities is not acceptable.

d) You are financially responsible for any product or program with which you engage.

2. Privilege

The use of the College Network is a privilege, not a right. Inappropriate use, including any violation of these conditions and rules, may result in cancellation of the privilege. Bank Street College, under this agreement, has the authority to determine appropriate use and may deny, revoke, suspend or close any user account holder or user.

3. Monitoring

Bank Street College reserves the right to review any material and to monitor file server space in order to make determinations on whether specific uses of the network are inappropriate. In reviewing and monitoring the College shall respect the privacy of its network users.

4. Network Etiquette

All users are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

a) Be polite. Do not get abusive in your messages to others.
b) Use appropriate language. Do not swear, use vulgarities or any other inappropriate language. Do not engage in activities which are prohibited under state or federal law.
c) Do not reveal your last name, personal address, social security number or phone numbers or those of students or colleagues to others when in Email messages or when using the Internet.
d) Note that electronic mail (Email) 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 and may result in the loss of user privileges.
e) Do not use the Network in such a way that would disrupt its use by other users.
f) Use of information retrieved through the Internet must be documented with proper bibliographic citation.

5. No Warranties

Bank Street College makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the services it is providing. The College will not be responsible for any damages a user suffers. This includes loss of data resulting from delays, no-deliveries, mis-deliveries, or service interruptions caused by the College’s negligence or by the user's errors or omissions. Use of any information obtained via the College Network is at the user's own risk. Bank Street College specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through its services. All users need to consider the source of any information they obtain, and consider how valid that information may be.

6. Security

a) Security on any computer system is a high priority, especially when the system involved has many users. Users must never allow others to use their passwords. Users should also protect their passwords to ensure system security and their own privilege and ability to continue to use the system.
b) Individuals who are authorized to access sensitive or institutional data are prohibited from divulging that data to any other individual, unless that individual is also authorized to use the data. Individuals are only permitted to access data as authorized.

Even if a file is readable, do not assume you may read it unless explicitly granted authority to do so;

Even if a file is able to be updated, do not modify it unless explicitly granted authority to do so.

c) If you feel you can identify a security problem on the College Network, you must notify a system counselor or administrator. Do not demonstrate the problem to other users.

d) Do not use another user's account without express written permission of the account holder.

e) Unauthorized access or attempted unauthorized access to a computer or network may result in cancellation of user privileges. This includes remote systems as well as secured areas of local systems.

f) Any user identified as a security risk for having a history of problems with other computer systems may be denied access to the College Network and its systems.

7. Vandalism and Harassment

a) Vandalism and harassment will result in cancellation of user privileges.

b) Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm, modify and destroy data of another user, computer, computer systems, Internet, or other Networks. This includes, but is not limited to, the uploading or creating of computer viruses.

c) Harassment is defined as the persistent annoyance of another user, or the interference if another user's work. Harassment includes, but is not limited to, the sending of unwanted Email.

8. Procedures for Use

All students have the same right to use the College’s computing resources. Therefore, Lab users shall not play games or use the computer resources for other non-academic activities when others require the system for academic use. In addition, users shall not waste nor take supplies that are provided by the College. All users agree to talk softly and work in ways that will not disturb others.

9. Encounter of Controversial Material

Users may encounter material which is controversial and which users, parents, teachers or administrator may consider inappropriate or offensive. However, on a global network it is impossible to control effectively the content of data and an industrious user may discover controversial material. It is the user's responsibility not to initiate access to such material. Any decision by Bank Street College to restrict access to Internet material shall not be deemed to impose any duty on the College to regulate the content of material on the Internet.

PENALTIES FOR IMPROPER USE:

Any user violating these rules, applicable state and federal laws or posted classroom rules are subject to loss of network privileges and any other disciplinary options.