Network Connection Acceptable Use
Acceptable Use Policy
McDaniel College provides computing resources to support the academic
research and instructional activities of the institution. The resources are
intended for the sole use of College faculty, staff, students and other authorized
users. Use of the College's information technology resources is a privilege.
The following types of activities are examples of behaviors that are unethical
and unacceptable, and in some cases may violate state or federal law and/or
the McDaniel College Student Honor Code.
- Attempting to alter system, hardware, software or account configurations.
- Accessing or monitoring another individual's accounts, files, software,
electronic mail, or computer resources without the permission of the owner.
- Misrepresenting your identity, role or the identity of any other person
in any type of electronic communication.
- Misusing the College's computing resources so as to reduce their efficiency
or to affect access to the detriment of other users.
- Breaching or attempting to breach computer security systems, whether
with or without malicious intent.
- Engaging in any activity that might be harmful to systems or to any
stored information such as creating or propagating viruses, worms, Trojan
Horses, or other rogue programs, disrupting services, or damaging files.
- Violating copyright and/or software license agreements.
- Using computing resources to threaten or harass others or transmitting
obscene or fraudulent messages.
- Using computing resources for commercial or profit-making purposes.
- Installing or operating computer games on College owned computers for
purposes other than academic instruction.
- Downloading or posting to College computers without authorization.
Policies and regulations of the college, including the Student Honor Code,
and state and federal law, are applicable to computing resources.
Addendum to Responsible Use Policy for Residence Hall Ethernet Connections
- A student with a network hookup in his/her residence hall room is responsible
for the use of that connection, either by himself/herself or by anyone granted
access by the student.
- Network activity is monitored by Information Services for security
violations, misuse, load balancing and resource usage.
- Students are responsible for the security of their own machines. Any
student enabling network services allowing others network access to his/her
machine does so at his/her own risk. Protection from virus and Trojan horse
programs are the student's responsibility.
- Servers (computers that allow incoming connections for file sharing
or other services) must be authorized and approved by Information Services
and conform to the college's network server standards. Unauthorized servers
will be disconnected from the network. Any server activity that brings detriment
to the McDaniel College network, even from authorized servers, will also be
disconnected. Connection may be re-established if the detrimental activity
can be stopped. Servers on student machines will not be accessible by the
Internet at large but will only be available for other students on campus.
- Periodic network scans for Trojan horse programs and unauthorized servers
are done by Information Services. If one is found on your computer you will
be notified and will be required to disable it.
- Reports of unauthorized use by your machine from off campus sites will
be investigated by Information Services and may result in the disconnection
of your computer from the network.
- Violations of these policies or software/hardware malfunctions causing
detriment to the network will result in the disconnection of your computer
from the network.
- TCP/IP is the only protocol required on the network. Use of other
protocols will not be supported.