Every user of Green Mountain College’s computing facilities has the fundamental right to network privacy. Each user of the campus network is accorded the privilege of a fair share of computing resources, including a personal network folder, a GMC e-mail account, and a reasonable portion of shared Internet bandwidth.
Use of computing resources is a privilege, not a right, and is granted with restrictions and responsibilities for their use. Misuse of College computer resources and violations of this Computing Code will result in revocation of this privilege.
Each user code and associated password belongs to an individual. All use must be in accordance with the policies set forth in this document. Network logon and password information is confidential and is never to be shared.
Electronically stored files are presumed to be private and confidential unless the owner has explicitly made them available to the public.
Use of the network or electronic mail facilities for transmitting anonymous, rude, abusive, harassing, or malicious messages is unethical and will result in suspension of network access.
While GMC’s computing systems and network are vigorous and safe, they are not invulnerable to deliberate abuse. Knowledge of a special password or any weaknesses in the established security systems must not be used to deliberately degrade or impair GMC’s computing systems, its network, its personal computers, nor deprive other users of any GMC computing resources.
When necessary for the maintenance of a system or network, GMC Computer personnel may restrict availability of shared resources. It may also be necessary to enter a user’s files to investigate and correct reported problems.
Use of resources associated with College computer accounts for direct financial gain, for instance selling or commercial consulting, is unethical and not permitted.
Green Mountain College’s Computing Policy and Code of Ethics was revised in May 2005.