5.22 – Acceptable Use of Computers and Information Technology Resources

MnSCU Policy

Policy Statement. Computer and information technology resources are essential tools in accomplishing the mission of Lake Superior College. These resources must be used and managed responsibly in order to ensure their availability for the competing demands of teaching, scholarship, administration and other mission-related uses. This policy establishes responsibilities for acceptable use of Lake Superior College information technology resources.

Part 1. Purpose. 

Subpart A. Acceptable use. College information technology resources are provided for use by currently enrolled College students, administrators, faculty, other employees, and other authorized users. College information technology resources are the property of Lake Superior College, and are provided for the direct and indirect support of the College’s
educational, research, service, student and campus life activities, administrative, and business purposes, within the limitation of available College technology, financial, and human resources. The use of Lake Superior College information technology is a privilege conditioned on adherence to this policy and any procedures or guidelines adopted pursuant to this policy.

Subpart B. Academic freedom. Nothing in this policy shall be interpreted to expand, diminish, or alter academic freedom provided under a MnSCU policy, collective bargaining agreement, or the terms of any charter establishing a college library as a community or public library.

Part 2. Applicability. This policy applies to all users of Lake Superior College information technology, and to all uses
of those resources, wherever located. Lake Superior College is not responsible for any personal or unauthorized use of its resources. Security of data transmitted on its information technology resources cannot be fully guaranteed.

Part 3. Definitions.

Subpart A. College information technology.  College information technology means all College facilities, technologies, and information resources used for information processing, transfer, storage, and communications. This includes, but is not limited to, computer hardware and software, computer labs, classroom technologies such as
computer-based instructional management systems, and computing and electronic communications devices and services, such as modems, e-mail, networks, telephones (including cellular), voicemail, facsimile transmissions, video, and multimedia.

Subpart B. Transmit. Transmit means to send, store, collect, transfer or otherwise alter or affect information technology resources or data contained therein.

Subpart C. User. User means any individual, including, but not limited to, students, administrators, faculty other employees, volunteers, and other authorized individuals using college information technology in any manner, whether or not the user is affiliated with Lake Superior College.

Part 4. Scope.

Subpart A. Procedures. The College has procedures under this policy, including: security: employee use, consistent with Minnesota Statutes section 43A.38 and other applicable law; monitoring; unauthorized uses and other limitations on use.

Subpart B. Sanctions. Users who violate this policy or related procedures shall be subject to disciplinary action through appropriate channels. Violations may be referred to appropriate law enforcement authorities.

Date Proposed: July 21, 2003

Date of Implementation: November 6, 2003