Computer Usage Policy
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Computer Usage Policy

Access to the Saint Paul College network and its computers is a privilege that comes with rights and responsibilities. All persons that use campus technology resources are required to adhere to the policies specified in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees Acceptable Use of Computers and Information Technology Resources and procedures defined in the Acceptable Use of Computers and Information Technology Resources

Users must abide by the security restrictions on all systems and information to which access is authorized.

  1. Users must not:
    1. Use any account or password assigned by the college or university to anyone else;
    2. Share any account or password, assigned to the user by the college or university, with any other individual, including family members;
    3. Allow others to use System information technology under the user's control;
    4. Use System cellular telephones or computer dial-up services for personal use unless specifically authorized by System or State policy or procedure.
  2. Users must not circumvent, attempt to circumvent, or assist another in circumventing security controls in place to protect the privacy and integrity of data stored on System information technology.
  3. Users must not change, conceal, or forge the identification of the person using System information technology, including, but not limited to, use of e-mail.
  4. Users must not knowingly download or install software onto System information technology unless it has been pre-approved through established campus or system office procedures, or by the designated officials, or prior authorization is received from the designated officials. Users who knowingly or negligently do not comply may be held responsible for damages, cost of system debugging, and payment of software fees, licenses and infringement penalties.
  5. Users must not engage in activities that interfere with or disrupt network users, equipment or service; intentionally distribute viruses, worms, Trojans, or other malicious code; or install software or hardware that permits unauthorized access to System information technology.
  6. Users must not engage in inappropriate uses, including:
    1. Activities that violate State or federal law or regulation
    2. Wagering or betting;
    3. Harassment, threats to or defamation of others, stalking, and/or illegal discrimination;
    4. Fund-raising, private business, or commercial activity, unless it is related to the mission of the System or its colleges and universities. Mission related activities are determined by the college, university, or Office of the Chancellor, and include activities of authorized campus or System-sponsored organizations;
    5. Storage, display, transmission, or intentional or solicited receipt of material that is or may be reasonably regarded as obscene, sexually explicit, or pornographic, including any depiction, photograph, audio recording, or written word, except as such access relates to the academic pursuits of a System student or professional activities of a System employee; and
    6. Spamming through widespread dissemination of unsolicited and unauthorized e-mail messages.
  7. Conduct which involves the use of information resources to violate a System policy or procedure, or state or federal law, or to violate another's rights, is a serious abuse subject to limitation or termination of user privileges and appropriate disciplinary action, legal action, or both.
  8. Minnesota State Colleges and Universities reserves the right to temporarily restrict or prohibit use of its System information technology by any user without notice, if it is determined necessary for business purposes


To ensure network security and reliability, Information Technology Services (ITS) reserves the right to deny access to any user that can be traced to exhibit excessive, unfriendly or illegal activities, including (but not limited to):

Copyright Infringements and/or Anonymous File Sharing:

Downloading or distributing copyrighted material (including but not limited to software, data, music, and video) through the use of anonymous file-sharing software, such as Bit Torrent, Ares, LimeWire, or through any other means, is prohibited by Federal law. Saint Paul College will take immediate action upon receipt of "cease and desist" notices or upon discovery of any activities concerning copyright infringement. Saint Paul College will respond to any incident in accordance to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

See Copyright Infringement Policies and Sanction Notice

Unauthorized Network Devices:

There is a limit of one connection per network jack. Devices that may provide extra connections (such as a wired or wireless hub, router or gateway) can cause network interference and are not allowed.

Commercial Use:

No commercial use of any kind is accepted. The SPC network is intended for classroom use, course-related use, or personal educational use, such as email, web browsing, and other course-related programs. Network use is restricted to non-profit use only

Service Interference, Harassment or Abuse:

This includes excessive bandwidth usage, security breach attempts, network scanning, or physical damage to the network and/or individuals.


Copyright law protects original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Copyright protection is automatic and works are protected from the moment they are created (whether they bear the © symbol or not). Included among such original works are the following:

  • Literary works
  • Musical works, including any accompanying words
  • Dramatic works, including any accompanying music
  • Pantomimes and choreographic works
  • Pictorial, graphic and sculptural works
  • Motion pictures and other audiovisual works
  • Sound recordings
  • Architectural works

Providing or obtaining copyrighted files (music, movies, videos, text, etc.) without permission violates the U.S. Copyright Act. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires us to take action against anyone illegally distributing copyrighted materials

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