York College Acceptable Computer Use Policy
Developments in electronic and digital communication have profoundly changed the ways
that individuals conduct research, store data, and share information and insights. The
principle of academic freedom transcends the development of new media research and
instruction. One overriding principle should govern such inquiry: Freedom of expression
and academic freedom should be limited to no greater degree in the electronic format
than in printed or oral communication, unless and to the degree that unique conditions
of the new media warrant different treatment. The following policies are to be followed
by York College students in the use of electronic and digital communication. All usage
of electronic and digital resources at York College is to be conducted within these
guidelines and those set forth in the York College Student Handbook. Campus Computer
Services and the Office of Campus Life will address any abuse or crime concerning the
use of this privilege. Criminal offenses may be referred to the York police department
for investigation and possible filing of charges.
Guidelines for Use of Computers
Access to the York College computer network requires your personal login and password.
Your computer and the software programs that are furnished with it are
powerful tools. Use them responsibly, ethically, and lawfully.
Protect your password. Do not share it with anyone. You are responsible for
it's security and for any misuse of it by others. Change your password
frequently and avoid using any password that could be easily guessed.
Remember that any files you may have deleted can still exist in trash bins,
on the server, on your hard drive, and elsewhere.
York College codes of conduct apply to the use of computers and software just
as they apply to other aspects of life.
Viewing pornographic sites is prohibited. Internet browsing is monitored, and
inappropriate sites may be blocked.
Be warned that copyright violations can result in criminal prosecution.
Respect the privacy of others. Make no attempt to access, view, copy, or in
any other way violate the privacy of others in what they have on their hard
drives, disks, screens, or other storage devices.
Remember that only data stored in your home directory on the file server is
protected by York College's backup system.
Be sure to protect your computer security by logging off the computer whenever
you leave your workstation.
Be sure to protect the safety of your data by saving in work in progress at
Conserve resources by storing only suitable data and printing only what is
Guidelines for Use of E-mail
The general Guidelines for Use of Computers apply to e-mail.
E-mail is a powerful tool. Use it responsibly, ethically, and lawfully.
Do not put anything in an e-mail message that you would not want read by others.
Confidential, sensitive, or harmful information/messages should not be sent by e-mail.
Do not use e-mail to harass, threaten, harm, or demean anyone or any group of people.
Send only appropriate e-mails and send them only to those who need the information.
Do not waste other people's time (e.g. chain e-mails).
Respect the privacy of others. Make no attempt to monitor/intercept other people's e-mail.
Students needing to use the computers for academic reasons have priority in using
the campus computers and network.
Microsoft operating system games (Solitaire, Minesweeper, Hearts, and FreeCell) are
permitted for use on college computers.
Internet games that do not install or download anything to the hard drive are also
permitted on college computers.
Other games, which require additional support for the workstations, are not allowed.
Server tape backups take place beginning at 11:00pm to 4:00am. Any files open during that
time will NOT be backed up.
Class logins will be created for each class taught in the lab and will be tailored
for the individual needs of the class.
Campus networks should not be used for non-York College commercial activities.
No computer may be set up as a server on the campus networks without the consent of
Wireless access points and routers are not allowed to be connected to the campus network,
as they interfere with the existing wireless signals.
Requirements for connecting personal computers to campus network:
Anti-virus and anti-spyware/adware protection must be registered and current
All operating system patches, such as Windows Updates, must be regularly applied.
The computer must be re-registered if a room change occurs.
Computers must be registered at http://www.york.edu/IT/networkregistration.aspx
Failure to comply may result in reduced or denied access to the network.
Chat and streaming are permitted on the residence hall network.
Illegal file sharing via peer to peer programs and other methods is prohibited.
Storage space on the server is limited to the available disk space on a first
come, first served basis. Should the disk near capacity, you may be asked to remove
files from the share.
Printing beyond a base level will incur a charge for each additional page.
Printer charges are as follows:
- The first 300 pages printed in a semester will be free.
- Additional printing will cost 5¢ per page.
- At 500 pages you must contact the helpdesk to continue printing
Logins are required to access the academic network and the Internet
Students posting information on Internet resources are advised to protect themselves in
the following ways:
- Avoid posting residential information
- Avoid posting phone numbers
- Be selective with the content of personal information that is posted
- Be aware that information posted is available to anyone with Internet access — such postings are public
Any information provied to college officials that may self-incriminate individuals for
violating federal, state, or local laws, college policies, or that harass and/or
discriminate against other individuals may result in disciplinary action against the
student. This may include information found on personal web sites, Facebook, MySpace,
Xanga, or other internet-based postings. At a minimum, violators may be asked to remove
information from the posting and may result in further disciplinary sanctions, as per
the Student Handbook.