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Acceptable Use Policy

Expectations for reasonable and ethical use of Marlboro College computing resources are congruent with the Mission of the College. Computing resources are primarily intended to support the educational goals of the College; therefore, uses for academic and administrative purposes have priority. Moreover, computer users at Marlboro should act in accordance with community standards and expectations set out in Marlboro College’s Constitution and bylaws. Responsible and ethical behavior, as it pertains to computer use at Marlboro College, includes but is not limited to the following rights and responsibilities.


  • Services & Resources: Individuals may avail themselves of information technology systems (ITS) and services at the college appropriate for your role within in the community.

  • Privacy: Individuals should be aware that data files, electronic messages and internet traffic stored and/or transmitted by the Marlboro network cannot be guaranteed to be private and confidential and are traceable to individuals. Nevertheless, IT administrators at Marlboro College make every effort to treat the contents of data files, electronic mail and internet traffic  as private and confidential. Access and inspection of electronic data stored on Marlboro College servers will be governed by all standard College procedures and applicable U.S. and Vermont Laws.

  • Freedom of Expression: Following the AAUP 1967 Joint Statement on Rights and Responsibilities of Students, the College believes that community members, "should be free to examine and discuss all questions of interest to them, and to express opinions publicly and privately. They should always be free to support causes by orderly means which do not disrupt the regular and essential operation of the institution. At the same time, it should be made clear to the academic and larger community that in their public expressions or demonstrations [individuals in the community] speak only for themselves." These freedoms of expression extend to the use of computer and Internet resources.

  • Due Process: Marlboro’s online communications are an extension of the college’s physical community and should therefore not be used to harm another member of the community. Violations of college policies, bylaws, or the constitution that occur online--through evidence that a specific user account violated the rights of an individual connect to another specific user account--shall be addressed in the same manner as if those violations had occurred in the physical community. These violations include, but are not limited to, harassment and infringing on others’ privacy or academic freedom. Misuse of ITS will be handled in the same manner as other violations and infringements of College policies and the Community Code of Conduct. In a situation where a system administrator feels the integrity of a computer system or network has been seriously threatened by an individual’s behavior, the College reserves the right to immediately suspend access pending further action by the appropriate authority.


  • Legal Behavior: As in any college endeavor, individuals are required to behave in a manner consistent with state and federal law. Individuals are responsible for their own actions.

  • System Integrity: Individuals should not act in any way that could reasonably be expected to damage or compromise ITS at the College. Likewise, no one should attempt to gain unauthorized access to or try to overwhelm the system resources. Faculty, staff and students may not share passwords or attempt to access any account not assigned to them.

  • Reasonable Comport: Like within the physical community at the College, electronic communication should support the “general assumption that a code of civilized behavior, suitable to adult citizens of a democratic community, will be followed by all members of the Marlboro College Community.”

  • College Logo and Name: the college logo may not be used in electronic media without authorization by the appropriate College body. Congruent with the College Policy on Campus Organizations no individual or group may use the name Marlboro in the title of its organization without registering such organization with the Dean of Students’ Office. Individuals may not represent themselves as official agents of the college.

  • Non-Profit: Personal use of the College's computing resources is not explicitly prohibited as long as it does not interfere with other users' access to resources for academic or administrative work and is not excessive.

  • Internet Service Provider Policies: Use of the College’s external internet connection is also bound by any related policy of our upstream service provider(s). A violation of such policy by any individual user can jeopardize the entire College’s internet service connection. By accessing the College’s internet, users also agree to abide by these policies, listed below.