Okefenokee Technical College 2013-2014 Catalog
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Okefenokee Technical College, (OTC) provides computer systems and Internet access for its students and employees. Employees utilizing College-provided Internet access are responsible for good behavior on-line just as they are in any other area of the college. This information applies to all OTC employees, students, customers and anyone else who use OTC’s information system and equipment, including but not limited to contractors and vendors. Any employee who violates this policy will be subject to discipline up to and including dismissal. Violations of this policy by other than employees or students will be handled legally. Using a computer without permission is theft of services and is illegal under state and federal laws. Federal law prohibits misuse of computer resources. In addition, the following specific computer crimes are prohibited by state law in Georgia (O.C.G.A. § 16-9-90 et seq.):
Misleading transmittal of names or trademarks (falsely identifying yourself or falsely claiming to speak for a person or organization by using their name, trademark, logo, or seal).
Maximum penalties for the first four crimes in the list are a $50,000 fine and 15 years of imprisonment, plus civil liability. The maximum penalties for computer password disclosure are a $5,000 fine and 1 year of imprisonment, plus civil liability.
The purpose of OTC-provided Internet access is to facilitate communications in support of research and education. To remain eligible as users, students' use must be in support of and consistent with the educational objectives of the College. Users should not expect files stored on OTC-based computers to be private. Electronic messages and files stored on OTC-based computers shall be treated like other OTC property that is temporarily assigned for individual use. Administrators may review files and messages in an effort to maintain system integrity and in an effort to insure that users are acting responsibly.
Moreover, OTC officials shall cooperate with law enforcement officials who are properly authorized to search OTC computers and computer systems.
All information created, stored or transmitted by OTC computers or networks is subject to monitoring for compliance with applicable laws and policies.
The following uses of Okefenokee Tech-provided computers, networks and Internet access are not permitted:
Occasional personal use of Internet connectivity and e-mail that do not involve any inappropriate use as described above may occur, if permitted by the College. Any such use should be brief, infrequent, and shall not interfere with User’s performance, duties and responsibilities. Users of OTC computers and computer systems are subject to OTC’s policy on the development of Intellectual Property. Any violation of this policy and rules may result in disciplinary action against the employee or student. When and where applicable, law enforcement agencies may be involved. For details, see OTC Intellectual Property Policy.
OTC makes no warranties of any kind, either express or implied, for the computers, computer systems and Internet access it provides. OTC shall not be responsible for any damages users suffer, including but not limited to loss of data resulting from delays or interruptions in service. OTC shall not be responsible for the accuracy, nature or quality of information gathered through OTC hard drives or servers; nor for the accuracy, nature or quality of information gathered through College-provided Internet access.
OTC shall not be responsible for personal property used such as laptops, tablets, smartphones, etc. to access its computers or networks or for OTC provided Internet access. OTC shall not be responsible for unauthorized financial obligations resulting from OTC-provided access to the Internet.
The foregoing standards are equally applicable to employees of the TCSG, wherever housed, and to employees and students of OTC.
Penalties Violations of these policies incur the same types of disciplinary measures as violations of other OTC policies or state or federal laws, including criminal prosecution.