systems. There is no stated or implicit consent given to users to copy any of the
programs or data residing on these systems.
• It is a violation of Virginia law to access a computer systemwithout authorization
or to gain access to a computer system for the use of fraud or malicious activities
such as the destruction of files or programs.
• It is a civil offense to make false statements about another person (libel),
especially if it results in the loss of that person’s good name (defamation).
• The creation of knowing distribution of a computer virus or “worm” is a
violation of federal statute.
• The creation or knowing distribution of a chain letter is a violation of federal
Although certain activities of users may not be strictly illegal, there may be cases where a
user might violate the ethical standards of the college. Guidelines for appropriate behavior
may be found in any number of campus publications such as handbooks, catalogs, and
policy manuals. Common sense and a personal sense of responsibility are important here.
• Users of the computer system will refrain from accessing or electronically
transferring text or graphics images that would be deemed hateful, demeaning or
pornographic by the prevailing standard of this Christ-centered college.
• The computer system, especially the electronic mail capabilities, will not be
used to create offensive or disruptive messages. This includes messages, which
contain sexual implications, racial slurs, gender-specific comments or any other
comment that offensively addresses someone’s age, religious or political beliefs,
national origin or disability.
• The privacy of other user’s files and electronic mail messages is to be respected
a all times. No user, with the exception of authorized system administrators,
shall access or attempt to access another user’s files or electronic mail messages
without the explicit consent of that user. In addition, no unauthorized attempt
shall be made to obtain the passwords or access codes of any other user and
no use of another person’s user ID or password is allowed unless specifically
approved by a computer system administrator.
• No attempt will be made by any user to secure unauthorized access to system
files or confidential academic or administrative records.
Good Citizen Responsibility
Beyond the legal and ethical guidelines in this policy, responsible users of the college’s
computer systems should recognize the fact that they are members of a large electronic
community. As good citizens of this community, users of this community, users can take
several steps to make utilization of the college’s resources a rewarding experience for
themselves and others.
• Report improper use or vandalism of any computer resource.