Students are encouraged to make innovative and creative use of information technologies in support of achieving their educational goals.
Madison College's computing and network resources are to be used only by authorized persons for research, learning, enrichment, and the dissemination of scholarly information. The computing and network facilities at Madison College are limited and should be used wisely and carefully with consideration for the needs of others. All users of information technology and computing systems must act responsibly and maintain the integrity of these resources.
1. Users may access only their own accounts using only their assigned credentials.
1.1. Users must not access accounts or user credentials not assigned to them, unless multiple accesses have been authorized.
1.2. Users may not supply false or misleading data to gain access to accounts or generate invalid credentials.
1.3. Users may not improperly obtain another's account access credentials in order to gain access to computers or network systems, data, or information. The negligence of another user in revealing account credentials (username or password) is not considered authorized use.
1.4. Users must not attempt to monitor another user's data communications, nor may users read, copy, change, or delete another user's files or software, without permission of the owner.
1.5. Users must not attempt to subvert the restrictions associated with their computer accounts.
2. Users must not attempt to or knowingly tamper with, obstruct, or impair the availability of Madison College resources.
2.1. Users must not knowingly send a crippling number of files across the network, introduce damaging, self-propagating, or otherwise harmful software into a machine or a network.
2.2. Users must not knowingly hoard computer, network or print resources in an attempt to deliberately degrade performance or deny service to others in the user community.
2.3. Users must not attempt to remove or modify computer or network equipment without proper authorization.
2.4. Users must not intentionally make changes to software or hardware, which damages or disrupts a computing system, alters its normal performance, or causes it to malfunction.
2.5. Users must not attempt to circumvent data protection schemes or uncover security loopholes.
2.6. Users must abide by the terms of all software licensing agreements and copyright laws. The copying of copyrighted materials, such as third-party software, without the expressed written permission of the owner or the proper license, is prohibited.
3. Users must not use any college-owned computer system or networks for purposes other than a Madison College course, research project, personal communications or enrichment activities.
3.1. Users cannot install, load or access information or software for personal commercial gain or other commercial purpose without approval by the College.
3.2. Users must not gain or attempt to gain unauthorized access to remote computers or networks.
3.3. Users cannot install, load or access information or software which is offensive, obscene, abusive, or violates of the Student Responsibilities (Code of Conduct).
3.4. Users cannot generate and/or distribute electronic messages or content which are sexually explicit, violence explicit, intentionally agitative, disrespectful, undignified, harassing, bullying, threatening, illegal, or infringes upon the rights of another person.
4. Users understand and acknowledge that Madison College cannot guarantee the privacy or confidentiality of electronic documents.
4.1. Computer systems and networks are public and subject to the Wisconsin Open Records Act.
4.2. Madison College reserves the right to access email, electronic files, system logs and computer systems to engage in routine computer maintenance and housekeeping, to carry out internal investigations, to prepare responses to requests for public records or to disclose messages, data or files to law enforcement authorities.
4.3. Madison College reserves the right to examine data stored on or transmitted through its facilities or systems if there is cause to believe that the standards for acceptable and ethical use are being violated.
Users may be held accountable for their conduct under applicable College policies or procedures. Misuse of computing, networking or other information resources may result in the loss of computing privileges and/or disciplinary action. Note that computer systems access may be required to successfully complete certain academic coursework and that loss of access privileges due to misconduct does not constitute a valid extenuating circumstance for withdrawal or refund. Additionally, misuse can be prosecuted under applicable statutes.
Madison College reserves the right to limit, restrict or extend computing privileges and access to its resources at any time with or without advanced notice to the user community.