College Policies

Computer Use

Policy 3110

Schoolcraft College’s computers, peripherals, software, supplies, email systems, and network(s) are intended to carry out the legitimate operational functions of the College and are not intended for non-College related purposes.

It is the policy of the College to specifically prohibit the use of computers, peripherals, software, network(s), supplies, email systems, and Internet connections for purposes of:

  1. Harassment of persons or organizations on or off campus for any reason.
  2. Sending or receiving material of a profane, pornographic, or threatening nature.
  3. Sabotage, misuse, or abuse of equipment or software on or off campus, including the introduction of unauthorized software or mechanical tampering.
  4. Use of unauthorized devices or network access.
  5. Unauthorized alteration of the College’s computer files.
  6. Unauthorized production or reproduction of programs, or multiple copies of printed material for the purpose of resale or redistribution to any non-College organization or group.
  7. Plagiarizing, altering, or tampering with the work of others.
  8. Gaming, solicitation, or any activity deemed illegal or contrary to College policies.
  9. Theft of intellectual or tangible property including copyright infringement.
  10. Personal gain and/or conducting private business.

While respecting users’ confidentiality and privacy, the College reserves the right to access and examine all computer files; including email, Internet, network, and hard drive files.

Schoolcraft College may look at institutional and personal social networking sites and take appropriate action to stop and prevent recurrence of inappropriate or threatening behavior.

Additionally, the College also prohibits the removal or relocation of equipment or software without written authorization.

It is the desire of Schoolcraft College to see that its equipment is put to the best and most efficient use. The College therefore requires that:

  1. Faculty and staff receive appropriate training in hardware and software use (or demonstrate proficiency).
  2. Students and staff be mindful of the time spent (as in “surfing the net”) on machines, or materials consumed (such as having large or vague searches printed).

Both employees and students are reminded that legally email is treated like any other form of written communication. Messages are subject to the same legal restrictions and potential liabilities as those of paper documents. This could include the Patriot Act and other state and federal laws. Email messages may be subpoenaed, and are subject to the “Freedom of Information Act.” While respecting users’ confidentiality and privacy, the College reserves the right to access and monitor email. An email message should be viewed as “business correspondence” or as an academic paper; technically, it is a published document.

Penalties for violation of this policy will vary depending on the specific violation and the degree of violation. Penalties include reprimands through expulsion for students, reprimands through termination for employees, with the potential for prosecution for either student or employee, if violations of law are involved.

This policy incorporates, by reference, other College policies and/or procedures related to computers.