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Minnesota State College Southeast
A Technical & Community College
Section C: Student Rules, Responsibilities and Policies

Use of College Information Technology

The information technology employed by the college is a critical asset of the institution governed by various laws of privacy, confidentiality, and non-disclosure. It is the common responsibility of all members of the college community to protect the institution's information assets and to ensure the proper and ethical use of information at all times. The MSC Southeast information technology environment affords easy, anytime/anywhere access to information. This arrangement allows students, faculty, and staff to conduct business in an effective and efficient manner. These benefits are a privilege that is shared by the community as a result of a significant investment of college resources and comes with its own set of responsibilities.

Access to modern information technology is essential to the college's mission of providing the students with educational services of the highest quality. It is in this framework that students understand and comply with rules of conduct for computing and networking that permit all students to fully use this resource.

Software that resides on MSC Southeast computing network(s) is licensed by the college, or third parties, and is protected by copyright and other laws, together with licenses and other contractual agreements. Users are required to respect and abide by the terms and conditions of software use and redistribution licenses.

Unauthorized access to information resources, unauthorized use of college computing facilities, and intentional corruption or misuse of information resources is a direct violation of the college's standards for computer use. Examples of inappropriate behavior include:

  • Using MSC Southeast information technology resources to receive or distribute copyrighted material without proper authorization from the copyright holder is prohibited.
  • Establishing services on non-college owned machines using campus facilities.
  • Viewing, copying, altering, or destroying another's personal electronic files without permission.
  • Using campus computers or networks to harass or defame another person.
  • Sharing computer accounts, passwords, and other types of authorization assigned to individual users.

    Note: Students are responsible for any use of their account(s). If an account is shared or the password divulged, the holder of the account may be held responsible for any actions that arise from the misuse of the account.

  • Permitting unauthorized access: Students shall not run, operate or otherwise configure software or hardware to intentionally allow access by unauthorized users.
  • Attempting to degrade or compromise in any manner the performance of a computer system or network or to deprive authorized personnel of resources or access to any MSC Southeast computer or network is prohibited. Breach of security includes, but is not limited to: creating or knowingly propagating viruses, hacking, password cracking, unauthorized monitoring of electronic communications, or unauthorized viewing of other's files.
  • Abusing campus computer resources including, but not limited to: propagating chain letters, posting a message to multiple list servers, distribution lists, or news groups with the intention of reaching as many users as possible, and the use of computing and networking resources for commercial purposes.
  • Software: Students shall not install, run, or configure software that is not part of their instructor's curriculum.
  • Unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material including unauthorized peer-to peer file sharing may subject the student to civil and criminal liabilities.

Contact Information: Report any abuse, virus, or other possible security compromises to the Chief Information Officer at 507-453-2726.

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Minnesota State College Southeast is an affirmative action/equal opportunity educator and employer. ADA accessible. MSC Southeast is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in employment and education opportunity. No person shall be discriminated against in the terms and conditions of employment, personnel practices, or access to and participation in, programs, services, and activities with regard to race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, or sexual orientation. In addition, discrimination in employment based on membership or activity in a local commission as defined by law is prohibited.


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