Responsible use of computer technology both on and off campus is expected of all students, faculty, and staff. Failure to adhere to this standard may result in an investigation. Orion College retains the right to limit or suspend computer and network access to any person/s suspected of a violation, and to report any criminal activity to the appropriate authorities.
Local and Remote Network Access Regulations
As part of blended and distance learning education programs, students, faculty, and staff may be required to access student login portals, curriculum development tools, email accounts/servers, remotely-hosted files, the OC website, the ANGEL server, and any number of third party websites. Fair and responsible use is expected. Any attempt to perform the following is strictly prohibited:
- Distribute copyright materials without copyright owner consent
- Willfully distribute or implement malicious software (viruses, worms, etc.)
- Delete/add/modify software and files without authorization
- Use an account without authorization from the owner
- Access private files, including but not limited to: Institute administrative and academic files, student records, medical and financial documents, server-side applications
- Publish obscene or offensive material to other users
File Sharing – What should I know?
File sharing is one of the most common ways to introduce viruses and malicious software to your computer. Peer-to-Peer (P2P) services such as Frostwire and KaZaA, as well as Torrent-based clients like BitTorrent and Utorrent, offer little in the way of protecting you against infected files or copyright violations. Using them at home could get you in trouble with the law, and it could harm your computer or home network. In order to avoid prosecution and undue harm to your property, it’s a good idea to seek out software or files you need from a legal and authorized distributor. This could be through the software company’s own website, through legal media download sites (http://www.cnet.com/), or by purchasing it from a licensed reseller.
Sharing Policy and School Use
Use of Orion College computers, resources, networks, websites, offsite storage, or student portals for the operation of P2P file sharing software is strictly prohibited and will result in immediate investigation. This includes derivative software which allows a user to access multiple computers or multiple users to access your computer (Torrent, et al.) for the purpose of illegal or malicious file distribution. Suspected criminal violations will be reported to the appropriate authorities and Orion College reserves the right to limit or suspend access to its constituent hardware and networks by any/all users suspected of violating this policy.