Policy on Computer Use At Marlboro College: Rights & Responsibilities

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 responsibly within a self governing community". Responsible and ethical behavior, as it pertains to computer use at Marlboro College, includes but is not limited to the following rights and responsibilities.

A. Rights

  1. Services & Resources
    You may avail yourself of information technology systems (ITS) and services at the college appropriate for your role within in the community.
  2. Privacy
    You should be aware that data or electronic messages stored and/or transmitted by ITS cannot be guaranteed to be private and confidential. Nevertheless, IT administrators at Marlboro College make every effort to treat the contents of data files and electronic mail 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Due Process
    Marlboro’s online communications are an extension of the college’s physical community. Violations of college policies, bylaws, or the constitution that occur online shall be addressed in the same manner as if those violations had occurred in the physical community.  Misuse of ITS will be handled in the same manner as other violations and infringements of College policies and community norms, by the Deans' Offices, Community Court, Committee on Sexual Harassment, or other avenues as the occasion warrants. In a situation where a system administrator feels the integrity of a computer system or network has been seriously threatened by your behavior, he/she may immediately suspend your access pending further action by the appropriate authority.

B. Responsibilities

  1. Legal Behavior
    As in any college endeavor, you are required to behave in a manner consistent with state and federal law. You are responsible for your own actions.
  2. System Integrity
    You should not act in any way that could reasonably be expected to damage or compromise ITS at the College. Likewise, you should not attempt to gain unauthorized access to or try to overwhelm the system resources. You may not share passwords or attempt to access any account not assigned to you.
  3. Reasonable Comport
    Like within the physical community at the College, your behavior through electronic communication media 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.”
  4. College Logo and Name
    You may not use the college logo in electronic media without authorization by the appropriate College body. Congruent with the College Policy on Campus Organizations (Handbook pages 33-34), no individual or group may use the name Marlboro in the title of its organization without registering such organization with the Dean of Student's Office. Individuals may not represent themselves as official agents of the college.
  5. 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.
  6. Internet Service Provider Policies
    Your 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 jepordize the entire College’s internet service connection. By using the College’s internet, you also agree to abide by these policies, listed below.

Last updated by the Information Technology Taskforce, Spring, 2006.