The Information Technology Services Department (herein referred to as ITS Department) supports computing, networking and information resources for the students, faculty, and staff of Framingham State University (herein referred to as FSC). Computer facilities and services are offered in support of teaching and learning, research and public service. Access to the computer systems and networks owned and operated by FSC imposes certain responsibilities upon users, in accordance with existing FSC policies and local, state and federal laws. Users accept the responsibility for utilizing services in ways that are ethical and that demonstrate academic integrity and respect for others who share this resource. This policy is established in an effort to help users understand what is expected of them. It sets guidelines regarding the issues of privacy and respect for property, ownership of data, system security, and misuse of the system.
Just as in any other aspect of a student's academic work, FSC expects that students will use computing and network resources in ways that are honest and ethical. Actions that constitute academic dishonesty include:
A Shared Resource
FSC's computer and network services are available to all faculty, staff and students. Because there are so many individuals who utilize this shared resource, respect for the rights and needs of others is central to this policy. To ensure access and service for all, users must refrain from any of the following SPECIFICALLY UNACCEPTABLE USES:
Technology should not be used in a manner that infringes upon an individual's right to privacy. The following restrictions are imposed to protect that right for everyone. Users are prohibited from:
Respectful Exchange of Ideas and Information
Computer systems and networks allow for a free exchange of ideas and information. This exchange serves to enhance learning, teaching, critical thinking and research. While the constitutional right of free speech applies to communication in all forms, we encourage civil and respectful discourse. College policy and local, state and federal law do prohibit some forms of communication, including:
Each individual who obtains a computer/e-mail account, or uses the computers and network resources made available by FSC, must understand that he/she is accountable for the policies set forth in this document. In addition, a user assumes responsibility for:
The FSC Information Technology Services Department may access others' files for the maintenance of networks, computers and storage systems. In all cases, individuals' rights to privacy will be respected to the greatest degree possible. Office staff may also routinely monitor and log usage data, such as network connection times, CPU and disk utilization for each user, security audit trails, and network loading. Data collected may be reviewed and further investigated should evidence of violation of policy or law occur. If necessary, staff may monitor the activities and files of specific users on their computers and networks. Any staff member who believes such monitoring is necessary should discuss the problem and strategy for investigation with the appropriate ITS- User Services personnel.
FSC's Information Technology Services Department will review alleged violations of this Acceptable Use Policy on a case-by-case basis. Violations of policy will result in appropriate action, such as loss of electronic mail privilege, loss of computer privilege, loss of network privilege, or referral to appropriate authorities.
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