Information Resource Management

User Policy

In support of its educational mission Newbury College provides a campus wide wireless network available in all buildings including on and off campus residence halls; computer systems--including electronic mail, and Google file sharing. It is the responsibility of each member of the community to use these services appropriately and in compliance with all college, Town, County, State, and Federal laws and regulations. This policy covers all persons accessing a computer, telecommunications or network resource at Newbury College.
Newbury College policies apply to use of the college's network and computing services. Actions that are unacceptable in other settings are also unacceptable on the network, computing systems and other electronic services, 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.
In addition, these policies specific to Newbury's network and electronic services apply:
  • College systems and networks may only be used for legal purposes and to access only those systems, software, and data for which the user is authorized.
  • 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. Downloading audio or video files takes considerable bandwidth and could potentially tie up all Internet access. 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.
  • College facilities may not be used in ways that violate the privacy rights of individuals, the college's confidentiality policy or related laws.
  • Information resources licensed by the college for the use of its students, faculty or staff may not be retransmitted outside of the college community. Examples include, Encyclopedia Britannica (On-Line), site-licensed software, and commercial cable television service.
  • 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 wiring, hardware and in-room jacks.
  • Computer users may not assign an IP number to their machines. IP numbers are assigned dynamically. Manually assigning an IP number to one's machine may disrupt the network access of another user.
  • Electronic mail is a college resource and is provided as a college-related communications tool. It is possible that others may view your messages inadvertently. There is no guarantee of privacy for an electronic mail message.
  • The campus network is a shared resource. 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).
  • Users are required to know and obey the specific policies established for the systems and networks they access. They have a responsibility to stay informed of changes and adapt as needed.
  • Administrators of the network, computer systems and other electronic services have the responsibility to protect the rights of users, to set policies consistent with those rights, and to publicize those policies to their users. They have authority to control or refuse access to the network or other services to anyone who violates these policies or threatens the rights of other users.
  • Violations of the Acceptable Use Policy will be treated as violations of College policy and will be referred to the Dean of Student Affairs for disciplinary action. Prosecution under State and Federal laws may also apply.