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Information Technology Guidelines

Acceptable Computer Use Policy

Students and staff at Tennessee College of Applied Technology Murfreesboro deserve secure, respectful, cooperative use of the College’s computer system and the Internet.  This Acceptable Use Policy is designed to meet those goals.  The College expects variation in what constitutes acceptable use of College computers in each class and the class instructor will determine the particular policy applicable to each system he or she operates, subject to review by the President or Assistant Director.

Students will not allow unauthorized people access to College equipment or software and will not themselves copy or remove from the College without permission any College hardware or software.

All computer use including Internet use must be in support of education and research and appropriate for the assignment.  The College is not responsible for a student’s access of any inappropriate material.  All students at the College will be taught ethics and acceptable use of the computer system and the Internet.  If there is a complaint about inappropriate usage, the Instructor will resolve it.  If not resolved by the Instructor, the President or Assistant Director will review the complaint.  Inappropriate usage may be grounds for suspension or dismissal from the College.

Inappropriate usage includes but is not limited to:

  • Using the network or Internet for personal and private matters including electronic mail outside the College.
  • Hate mail, harassment, discriminatory remarks, and other antisocial behaviors including spamming.
  • Accessing pornographic or obscene material.
  • Accessing confidential material including but not limited to test files and personal/personnel records
  • Destroying, inappropriate deleting or changing, or otherwise damaging hardware or software.
  • Downloading and/or installing programs or data files on College computers without permission of the Instructor.