All individuals who employ information technology resources provided by Polk State College (this includes, but is not limited to, telephones, computers, the Polk State College local-area and wide-area networks, and the Internet) may use these resources for academic purposes only. Use of the College’s computing and network resources is a privilege and not a right. Inappropriate use can result in suspension or revocation of privileges.
Inappropriate use can include, but is not limited to, the following:
- The intentional sending or retrieval of obscene, slanderous, and/or harassing messages/materials.
- The unauthorized access (or attempted access) of any networked computer system.
- Violation of copyright, including unauthorized copying or modifying of files.
- Use of networked resources for academic plagiarism.
- Any use for commercial purposes.
- Posting or downloading non-academic and/or inappropriate material to the College’s computers or electronic storage locations.
- Participation in network activities that place a strain on computer resources (use of social networking sites or video material for non-academic purposes).
- Using IRC (Internet-relay chat) resources for non-academic purposes.
- Misuse or abuse of Polk State College ID cards or any part of the ID system.
- Playing games for non-academic purposes.
- Any other behavior deemed inappropriate in the Polk State College Student Code of Conduct.
- Unauthorized installation of software on Polk State College hardware.
Violation of these terms results in notification of the appropriate administrative authorities as outlined in the Polk State College Student Conduct, Discipline, and Due Process policy. This may include the College administration and state and federal agencies.