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Internet Use Policy

Belmont University provides access to the Internet and email to all its students and employees who comply with the Internet Use Policy. The University expects that all those who exercise this privilege will do so responsibly and has therefore developed this policy statement to assist Internet users in the appropriate use of network technology. This statement is intended to address the following usage situations:

  • use of University-owned computing resources (i.e., computer labs) by students, employees, or guests of the University
  • use of Belmont resources to access information on the Internet and campus email
  • use of Belmont resources to provide information to other Internet users (via a Web page, etc.)
  • use of reserved ports for recreational computing and gaming

Who May Use Belmont's Computing Resources

All current Belmont faculty, staff, and students may obtain an Internet account through the Office of Information Systems. The University reserves the right to limit access to its computing resources. Wireless access to the Internet is limited to current students, staff, faculty, and guests who are authorized through an assigned account from Information Technology Services.

When a student is no longer enrolled in the University or when an employee is no longer employed by the University, the Information Systems Office reserves the right to delete that individual's account and/or any personal pages on the World Wide Web operated by that individual.

Inappropriate Uses of Internet Access

There are numerous appropriate uses of the Internet: e-mail, bulletin boards, access of information on the World Wide Web, etc. The University encourages the educational and appropriate use of these resources. All uses of the Internet resources should be consistent with the University's Statement of Values as put forth in the student handbook, The Guide. All users of Belmont computing resources are expected to abide by the following guidelines:

Access

Users are to refrain from disclosing their access codes/passwords to anyone and will be responsible for any use of their accounts by others to whom access has been given. It is recommended that users change their passwords periodically to prevent unauthorized use of their accounts.

Although users should be advised that undeliverable mail will be delivered to the Postmaster at the Information Systems Office and misdirected email can be read by unintended recipients, no one will be authorized to monitor, intercept, or read another user's email.

Commercial Use

Since Belmont University is defined as an educational rather than commercial site on the Internet, the Information Systems Office reserves the right to restrict accounts or individual Web pages which are used for commercial activity.

Illegal Use

Users are to refrain from any use of computing resources which is illegal in Tennessee or any other state.

Harassing and/or Obscene Material

Internet users at Belmont are to refrain from displaying or distributing material (text, audio, or video) which is obscene, or harassing, or which is in any way inconsistent with Belmont's Statement of Values in any other manner. Displaying or distributing such information will be considered a violation of the University's Statement of Values, which specifically prohibits the distribution of obscene materials and harassment.

Users are to refrain from sending information via e-mail which is obscene or harassing as defined by Belmont's Statement of Values.

Users are to refrain from making public to Belmont users any obscene materials or direct links to obscene locations elsewhere on the Internet through the World-Wide Web, Gopher, or any other systems.

The obscenity standards are as follows:

1) Materials in which a reasonable person, applying contemporary Belmont community standards, when considering the contents as a whole, would conclude that they appeal to prurient sexual/physical interests or violently subordinating behavior rather than an intellectual or communicative purpose, and

2) Materials that, taken in toto regarding their content and their particular usage or application, lack any redeeming literary, scientific, political, artistic or social value.

Wasteful Use of Resources

Users are to refrain from deliberately performing any act which will impair the operation of any facet of the computing resources of the University or the resources of any recipient of the information. Such acts include injecting computer viruses and sending excessively large mailings, large print jobs, batch programs, "junk mail" (including chain letters), etc. Those who use computing resources for recreation, entertainment, personal and extracurricular work are to yield to those who have course-related need for facilities. Examples of non-course-related work are playing computer games, printing personal or extracurricular material (invitations, announcements, résumés, etc.), and chatting to personal friends. The University does not support recreational computing (including games and video chat) that require the reservation of network ports. In periods of high demand, Internet use may be disallowed in public and wireless facilities.



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