This acceptable use statement establishes guidelines for the utilization of college owned information resources (includes technology). The summarized usage is listed followed by the full Board policy concerning authorized resource usage. These restrictions support Arkansas law and the policies of Rich Mountain Community College.
Priorities for utilization of RMCC information resources are:
All users of information resources must follow the Acceptable Use Policy. It is the intent of RMCC to provide information services to users for educational and administrative needs.
Board Policy 4.04.06 - Information Technology Acceptable Use Policy
(Merged: September 2014, Revised: December 2015)
All users, including Students, Faculty, Staff, and Patrons, of Rich Mountain Community College (RMCC) information systems are required to be familiar with and acknowledge receipt of this policy prior to gaining system access.
RMCC is an institution of higher learning overseen by the government of the State of Arkansas. As such, most hardware and software associated with RMCC are subject to the Governor’s Policy Directive GPD-5 (1997). This directive states: “Use of any and all State-owned equipment and supplies shall be restricted to official state use only. Unauthorized or personal use of equipment of supplies may be grounds for dismissal.” Some hardware and software may belong to programs overseen by the federal government and may be subject to additional restrictions.
RMCC information systems include all hardware and software that pass data in any form across the RMCC local area network. Video conferencing, projection, and other audio-visual equipment are considered information systems subject to this policy.
RMCC strives to provide users with the necessary tools for communication, research, collaboration, business operations, and other activities in furtherance of the RMCC mission. RMCC also acknowledges that limited personal use of information systems is inevitable and may ultimately be beneficial to both the individual and the institution. Therefore, it is helpful to understand both what constitutes acceptable use and those activities that are prohibited, regardless of whether personally owned or RMCC equipment is used.
Acceptable Use of Information Systems
Unacceptable Use of Information Systems
Privacy of Information
RMCC reserves the right to monitor and/or log all network activity with or without notice, including RMCC email and all website communications; therefore, unless otherwise stated, users should have no expectation of privacy or anonymity in the use of any information system. RMCC does not routinely monitor user content.
RMCC will never provide third parties with access to stored or transmitted information without the written consent of the sender and recipient except in special circumstances, such as investigating illegal activity or misuse of the system, or resolving a technical problem.
Information leaving the RMCC network may be subject to monitoring by governments, network carriers and other parties. Once it leaves the local network, access to this information is no longer controlled by RMCC.
Use of Protected Content or Resources
Users may not download material that is covered by copyright, subject to trademark restrictions, or encumbered by any other form of intellectual property rights protection unless it is legally allowed or falls under the Fair Use provision of copyright law.
Users may not upload, disseminate, or print material that infringes on copyright or any other intellectual property rights protection mechanism. RMCC will comply with all takedown notices related to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) or similar legislation. RMCC reserves the right to remove any item referenced in an infringement notice without the prior consent or notification of the user that uploaded or disseminated the item. Further, RMCC will not be responsible for a user’s legal defense or other costs associated with infringing material.
Enforcement and Penalties
RMCC users are responsible for complying with this policy. Penalties for non-compliance include, but are not limited to:
RMCC reserves the right to remove or block access to any information system, from any user or device, which adversely affects the availability or reliability of the information system or network without prior notification to the user or owner of the device.
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