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5.22 – Policy – Acceptable Use of Computers and Information Technology Resources

Minnesota State Policy

Policy Statement. Computer and information technology resources are essential tools in accomplishing the mission of Lake Superior College (LSC). 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 LSC 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 LSC, 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 LSC 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 Minnesota State 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 LSC information technology, and to all uses of those resources, wherever located. LSC 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 LSC.

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 Implemented: November 6, 2003