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Policy for Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources

The primary purpose of the Southwest information technology resources is to enhance and support the educational mission of the College. Access to the College’s technology resources is a privilege granted to College students, faculty, staff, and approved guests. These resources include hardware, software, computer accounts, and local area networks as well as connections to other computer networks via the Internet. Everyone using these resources is responsible for using them in an effective, ethical and lawful manner. All users must refrain from the following activities:

  1. Using computing facilities to violate any College policy or regulation, or federal, state or local law
  2. Entering, without authorization, into any account to use, read, transfer or change the contents in any way
  3. Impersonating/misrepresenting another individual’s computer account or e-mail username
  4. Granting another individual access to your computer account
  5. Using computing resources to interfere with the work of other students, faculty or College officials
  6. Using computing facilities to send obscene, abusive, threatening,
    defamatory or harassing messages
  7. Using computing resources to interfere with the normal operation of College computing systems and connected networks including, but not limited to, introducing viruses, flooding the network with messages, sending chain letters, or unfairly monopolizing resources that results in the exclusion of others
  8. Using College computing resources for profit or commercial purposes
  9. Making duplicate copies of copyrighted software without the express consent of the software publisher
  10. Unauthorized downloading, copying, or distribution of any copyrighted material such as proprietary music, video, software, or database information

Complete details are found in Southwest Policy No. 4:00:00:00/14, “Use of Computing and Networking Resources.”

Intentional failure to comply with College policy will result in action which may include suspension of user privileges or other disciplinary action, including suspension or expulsion from the College or termination of College employment.
In addition, violations may result in referral for prosecution by local, state or federal authorities.