Information Resource Management


Technology Resources Use Policy

Context
In support of its educational mission, Newbury College provides extensive technology resources to the college community. Technology resources encompass: a wired and wireless campus data network, providing access to services throughout the college, including residence halls; computer systems, electronic mail, file sharing, internet access; and other electronic systems and services, as well as campus telephone services. It is the responsibility of each member of the community to use these technology resources appropriately and in compliance with all applicable college and governmental regulations.

Purpose
The purpose of the Technology Resources Use Policy is to ensure that the Newbury College community has appropriate access to the technology resources that support the mission of the College, while preventing misuse of these resources.

Scope
This policy applies to all users of Newbury College technology resources. The policy applies to the use of any network, system, software, components, service or data provided by Newbury College.
Misuse of Newbury College technology resources includes, but is not limited to any activity or action that results in damage, loss of data, or diminished capacity for any technology resource.
Prohibited activities include, but are not limited to, the following misuses:

  • Circumvention of Newbury College technical, administrative, or process controls
  • Any activity which disrupts technology services to the Newbury Community, including excessive use
  • Subversion of a system or service for inappropriate or illegal use
  • Any use that violates the Student Code of Conduct or any other college policy or Federal, State or local law

Compliance and Application
Actions that are unacceptable in other settings are also unacceptable on-line, including:
  • Harassment in any form.
  • Failure to respect the property and rights of others.
  • Forgery or other misrepresentation of one's identity.

Distribution of copyrighted materials without the permission of the copyright owner.
Regulations specific to Newbury College Technology resources
1. College systems and networks may only be used to access those systems, software, and data for which the user is authorized.
2. College systems, networks and electronic services are provided only for uses consistent with the academic mission of the institution. They may not be used for private, commercial or partisan political purposes, for personal gain, for unsolicited advertising, nor for personal use such as downloading audio or video files.
3. College facilities may not be used to provide Newbury network, Internet access, cable TV or telephone service to anyone outside of the Newbury community for any purpose without authorization by the Network Security Administrator or the Chief Information Officer.
4. College facilities may not be used in ways that violate the privacy rights of individuals, the college's confidentiality policy or related laws.
5. Information resources licensed by the college for the use of its students, faculty or staff may not be opened for access outside of the college community. Examples include, but are not limited to Library databases, site-licensed software, Newbury College systems and Internet access.
6. Network, cable TV and telephone services and wiring may not be modified or extended beyond the area of their intended use. This applies to all wired and wireless services.
7. Computer users may not assign an IP address to their machines. IP addresses are assigned dynamically. Manually assigning an IP address to one's machine may disrupt the network access of another user.
8. Any activity that degrades the shared environment is not permitted. The campus network and systems are shared resources. Therefore, network uses or applications that inhibit or interfere with the use of the network by others are not permitted (For example, applications which use an unusually high portion of network bandwidth for extended periods of time, thus inhibiting the use of the network by others, are not permitted).

Prohibited Equipment

Wireless printers and wireless transmission devices that use or interfere with the Newbury College Wireless Network are prohibited. Examples include technologies such as Chromecast, Apple TV, Roku, wireless video or audio streaming. Note: Bluetooth devices that do not interfere with the Wireless Network services are permitted.
Note: Wireless printers that have the wireless broadcast turned off are permitted.
Wireless printers registered with Information Technology by Dec. 15, 2013 are permitted however wireless broadcast should be turned off. If wireless can not be turned off, the printer should be turned off except when you are actively printing.

Additional Information
Questions should be directed to the Chief Information Officer by emailing helpdesk@newbury.edu