Computer Use and File Sharing

/Computer Use and File Sharing
Computer Use and File Sharing2018-08-13T15:44:57-04:00

Use of the computing and network resources is limited to authorized purposes, and any unlawful or malicious use of these resources are strictly prohibited. Use of the college’s computer resources for political, religious, and other personal or non-college purposes is prohibited. In addition, The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is responsible for incidents involving file sharing of copyrighted files. If your personal computer is determined to be actively involved in illegal file sharing from any location on the WCC campus network, your computer access will be blocked by the Vice President of Information Technology. In addition, the RIAA will take immediate action to fine the person with a $10,000 fine per incident. These fines are not revoked for first-time offenders.

Computer and Network Usage Policy

As an institution of higher education, Wilkes Community College encourages and supports an open environment to pursue scholarly inquiry and to share information. The college shall not limit adult users voluntary access to any information due to its content when it meets the standard of legality as long as this use is consistent with the goals of the academic programs. However, use of the computing and network resources is limited to authorized purposes, and any unlawful or malicious use of these resources are strictly prohibited. Use of the college’s computer resources for political, religious, and other personal or non-college purposes is prohibited. For additional information concerning the appropriate use of computers and the college network, refer to the college policy titled Use of Internet and College Computer Network which is available on the college website. The college reserves the right to limit, restrict or deny computing resources and facilities for those who violate college policies, procedures, or local, state, or federal laws. 

Responsibilities Related to Electronically Distributed Information

Students in curriculum classes at Wilkes Community College are responsible for all college-related information distributed through the college’s website, e-mail, and course management systems. Failure to utilize these resources to obtain such information does not relieve the student of his/her responsibility nor prevent the consequences that may result. This information includes syllabi, course content, notifications, warnings, announcements, etc., that are routinely transmitted to students. This information may be transmitted electronically rather than by the postal system. Students who cannot locate information or have a demonstrated hardship in accessing information electronically are responsible for identifying their needs to appropriate college personnel in the college’s open computer lab.

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