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Computer Acceptable Use Policy AP6504

AP 6504 Acceptable Use Policy for Students Using Computer Resources at Mt. San Jacinto College

New: August 13, 2010


Mt. San Jacinto College (MSJC) is committed to providing access to current and emerging technologies including the Internet, email, and a variety of software application programs for the purposes of furthering the pursuit of educational goals and promoting collaboration in the learning environment.

What Is Expected?

The use of MSJC technology resources is a privilege, not a right. The user is personally responsible for his/her actions while accessing and utilizing MSJC computer resources. MSJC expects all users of information technology resources to do so in a responsible manner; respecting the public trust through which these resources have been provided, the rights and privacy of others, all pertinent laws, and MSJC policies. All users are expected to comply with the specific rules set forth below, as well as area-specific rules posted in computer usage areas.

Technology Use Rules

Who Can Use MSJC Technology

MSJC computer facilities are for the use of currently enrolled students and members of the community as approved by the appropriate department.


Users should protect their passwords, and take the precautions necessary to prevent unauthorized use of their account. It is the responsibility of each student to completely log off their accounts when they are done.

Users should have no expectation that files and communications utilizing MSJC computer resources are entirely confidential. MSJC personnel may access files and communications to diagnose and resolve technical problems, when there is a reasonable basis to believe this policy has been violated, or as otherwise required or permitted by law.

Data Storage

Students may not store data on MSJC computer local drives, unless directed by faculty or area personnel.

Copyright Issues and Peer-to-peer Software

Students may not download, install, or otherwise copy any copyrighted material without the express written consent of the copyright owner. Students may not install or use peer-to-peer sharing applications, e.g. bit-torrent.

Inappropriate Materials

To respect others in the area, students shall not access Internet sites that contain pornography, gratuitous violence, or any material that is deemed to be offensive to others. Students who are doing legitimate academic research on a subject that may be controversial must obtain approval from MSJC personnel before using the computer to access this material. Students may not send communications via any electronic means (including, but not limited to, MSJC-provided email, student personal email, or any social networking tool) to any student, faculty, or staff at MSJC containing verbally abusive or harassing language.


A user who discovers a possible security lapse on any system is obligated to report it to the system administrator. Knowledge of passwords or of loopholes in computer security systems shall not be used to damage computer resources, obtain extra resources, take resources from another user, gain unauthorized access or otherwise make use of computing resources for which proper authorization has not been given. Users may not, under any circumstances, allow unauthorized individuals to access their account. Students who are negligent in safeguarding their personal and/or college accounts are still assumed to be responsible if the account is used by an unauthorized person.

Commercial Use

Use of MSJC computing facilities for commercial purposes, financial gain, gambling, personal business, advertising, business endorsements, or other commercial activities is prohibited.

Excessive use of computer resources

Given the finite capacity of available system resources, users may not obstruct any others’ work by using unnecessarily large amounts of system resources. Users must be responsible in their time spent utilizing computer resources, especially when others are waiting to use them. A time limit and usage protocols may be posted in a computer usage area.

Appropriate computer usage at Mt. San Jacinto College includes the following:

(A) Accessing distance learning resources including interactive communications

(B) Working on class assignments

(C) Working on educational software

(D) Conducting research for educational use

(E) Conducting career or college research

(F) Working on training software or learning new software

(G) Receiving and/or sending e-mail

(H) Developing computer skills germane to course objectives

Inappropriate computer usage at Mt. San Jacinto College includes the following:

(A) Altering system files or settings

(B) Propagation of computer worms, viruses, Trojan horses, or acting to intentionally damage hardware or software

(C) Sending unsolicited bulk mail, forging an email identity, or sending email that will intimidate or harass others

(D) Political fundraising or lobbying

(E) Downloading or utilizing a peer-to-peer file sharing application

(F) Making unauthorized copies of proprietary software or copyrighted materials

(G) Using the system networks for cheating, plagiarism, verbal abuse or harassment

(H) Unauthorized gaming

Students are encouraged to notify a supervisor immediately if they observe violations of the Acceptable Use Policy.


Violations of this policy may result in disciplinary action, including dismissal, revocation of the user’s account, and any appropriate legal action.

See also BP 3720