Acceptable Uses and Privacy Policy

Computer and Network Policies

The computer resources at the College at New Paltz must be used in a manner that is consistent with the University’s educational purposes and environment. All users of computer resources are expected to act in a spirit of mutual respect and cooperation and to adhere to the policies set forth in this and associated documents.

Use of the computer resources and network facilities generally requires that you have a valid user account. You are responsible for the safeguarding of your computer account. Your account and network connection are for your individual use. A computer account is to be used only by the person to whom it has been issued. You are responsible for all actions originating through your account or network connection. You must not impersonate others or misrepresent or conceal your identity in electronic messages and actions.

Acceptable Uses

The campus computing facilities and network resources are provided for instructional, administrative, and research purposes. All registered students, faculty and staff as well as officially recognized organizations and affiliated individuals are allowed use of these facilities appropriate to their role at the institution. Computing facilities and services are provided for academic and support purposes and should never be used for commercial purposes.

The following activities are prohibited:
* Using College computers and network services to harass or threaten other computer users, or to publicly display offensive or obscene messages
* Impersonating another user via electronic means
* Unauthorized access to any computer or network based resource including but not limited to the reading, copying, manipulation or deletion of another user’s files and data
* Making unauthorized duplicates of software, music, or other copyrighted material; running file sharing software which allows others access to copyrighted materials
* Introducing or utilizing any form of malicious software (including viruses, worms, spyware, keyloggers)
* Interfering with the operation of the College’s computer facilities by deliberately or inadvertently degrading or disrupting system performance, security, or administrative operations
* Running a business using campus computing facilities
* Any mass mailings in support of political campaigning, advocacy, or endorsements (such as for national, state, local, or union offices or legislative changes)

We reserve the right to remove or block any computer/device or to demand the removal of a network service from a computer/device that causes an inordinate strain on network or server resources, whether intentional or unintentional. This includes, but is not limited to spreading spam or viruses, causing or participating in denial of service attacks, and any other activities which consume an excessive amount of bandwidth. It is the responsibility of the user to ensure that his or her computer is “patched” for security vulnerabilities and that it is free of viruses. A user may be held accountable for the activities of his or her computer/device, as well as any activities performed under their computer userid.

Privacy

The College will make every effort to respect the privacy of an individual’s files and emails. Your New Paltz Computer User ID (Banner ID) and account are provided for your personal use.  You must not share your password with others (including your supervisors or employees who you supervise). You are responsible for all activity associated with this account. All of our users are expected to respect the privacy of others. Any attempt to gain access to private information or passwords (via technological or social means) is prohibited. Any form of “identity theft” or the compromising of another individual’s personal information is strictly prohibited.

All users should be aware that there is no guarantee of privacy when using our facilities. Unencrypted network traffic might be intercepted, e-mails may be spoofed, etc. In addition, the College reserves the right to monitor its network and servers in order to investigate performance or system problems. This includes, but is not limited to, locating viruses or other harmful programs, gathering performance or usage statistics, verifying that both College and student owned computers and devices are following the policies set forth by computer services, academic computing or the College as a whole.

While the College does not routinely monitor individual usage of its computing resources, the normal operation and maintenance of the university’s computing resources require the backup and caching of data and communications, the logging of activity, the monitoring of general usage patterns and other such activities that are necessary for the rendition of service.

Access to student records information is governed by the Family and Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

In addition, the College is required under the federal law known as the “Digital Millennium Copyright Act” to respond to complaints from copyright holders about unauthorized distribution or use of copyrighted materials. Copyright violations committed by users may result in disciplinary sanctions against the user as required by law and local policy. We do not monitor traffic, but in order to comply with this law we do log connections to the network. For more information on the DMCA and related policies see http://acs.newpaltz.edu/resnet/dmca/.

Range of Disciplinary Sanctions

Persons in violation of this policy are subject to a full range of sanctions, including, but not limited to, the loss of computer or network access privileges, disciplinary action, and separation from SUNY New Paltz. Some violations may constitute criminal offenses, as defined by local, state, and federal laws. In these cases the College will cooperate with law enforcement authorities.