This Policy governs the acceptable
use of Connecticut
Community Colleges (CCC) Information Technology (IT)
resources. These resources are a valuable asset to be
used and managed responsibly to ensure their integrity,
security, and availability for appropriate academic and
Users of CCC IT resources are
responsible for using those resources in accordance with
CCC policies and the law. Use of CCC IT resources is a
privilege that depends upon appropriate use of those
resources. Individuals who violate CCC policy or the law
regarding the use of IT resources are subject to loss of
access to those resources as well as to CCC disciplinary
and/or legal action.
The purpose of this Policy is to:
Ensure that CCC IT resources are
used for purposes appropriate to the CCC mission and
Prevent disruptions to and misuse
of CCC IT resources;
Ensure that the CCC community is
aware that use of CCC IT resources is subject to
state and federal laws and the CCC policies; and
Ensure that IT resources are used
in compliance with those laws and the CCC policies.
This Policy applies to:
All IT resources owned or
managed by the CCC;
All IT resources provided by the
CCC through contracts and other agreements with the
All users and uses of CCC IT
The following terms
are used in this Policy. Knowledge of these definitions
is important to an understanding of this Policy:
Appropriate CCC Authority:
Chancellor, College President or designee.
Circumstances in which time is of the essence or failure
to act might result in property loss or damage, adverse
effects on IT resources, loss of evidence of one or more
violations of law or of the CCC policies or liability to
the CCC or to members of the CCC community.
IT Resources: This includes,
but is not limited to, computers, computing staff,
hardware, software, networks, computing laboratories,
databases, files, information, software licenses,
computing-related contracts, network bandwidth,
usernames, passwords, documentation, disks, CD-ROMs,
DVDs, magnetic tapes, and electronic communication.
Policy was issued by the Chancellor of the CCC after
consultation with appropriate councils, including the
Council of Presidents and the Information Technology
In support of this Policy, system standards and
procedures shall be developed, published and maintained.
And where CCC standards and procedures do not exist,
each college is responsible for policy implementation.
Material. Each college shall ensure that users of
CCC IT resources are aware of all IT policies, standards
and procedures as appropriate.
E. VIOLATIONS OF LAW AND POLICY
The CCC considers any violation of
acceptable use to be a serious offense and reserves the
right to copy and examine any files or information
resident on CCC IT resources to ensure compliance.
Violations of this policy should be reported to the
appropriate CCC authority.
Sanctions of Law. Both
federal and state law prohibit theft or abuse of IT
resources. Abuses include (but are not limited to)
unauthorized entry, use, transfer, tampering with the
communications of others, and interference with the work
of others and with the operation of IT resources. Any
form of harassing, defamatory, offensive, illegal,
discriminatory, obscene, or pornographic communication,
at any time, to any person is also prohibited by law.
Violations of law may result in criminal penalties.
of this Policy may be subject to disciplinary action up
to and including dismissal or expulsion pursuant to
applicable Board policies and collective bargaining
F. NO EXPECTATION OF PRIVACY
There is no expectation of privacy in
the use of CCC IT resources. CCC reserves the right to
inspect, monitor, and disclose all IT resources
including files, data, programs and electronic
communications records without the consent of the holder
of such records.
In making acceptable use of CCC IT
resources you must:
use resources solely for
legitimate and authorized administrative and
protect your User ID and IT
resources from unauthorized use. You are responsible
for all activities on your User ID or that originate
from IT resources under your control.
access only information that is
your own, that is publicly available, or to which
you have been given authorized access.
use only legal versions of
copyrighted software in compliance with vendor
use shared resources
appropriately. (e.g. refrain from monopolizing
systems, overloading networks with excessive data,
degrading services, or wasting computer time,
connect time, disk space, printer paper, manuals, or
In making acceptable use of CCC IT
resources you must NOT:
use CCC IT resources to violate
any CCC policy or state or federal law.
use another person's IT resource,
User ID, password, files, or data.
have unauthorized access or
breach any security measure including decoding
passwords or accessing control information, or
attempt to do any of the above.
engage in any activity that might
be harmful to IT resources or to any information
stored thereon, such as creating or propagating
viruses, disrupting services, damaging files or
making unauthorized modifications to computer data.
make or use illegal copies of
copyrighted materials or software, store such copies
on CCC IT resources, or transmit them over CCC
harass or intimidate others or
interfere with the ability of others to conduct CCC
directly or indirectly cause
strain on IT resources such as downloading large
files, unless prior authorization from the
appropriate CCC authority is given.
use CCC IT resources for personal
purposes including but not limited to, monetary
gain, commercial or political purposes.
engage in any other activity that
does not comply with the general principles
Use of CCC IT resources may be wholly
or partially restricted or rescinded by CCC without
prior notice and without the consent of the user under
conditions such as:
when required by and consistent
when there is reason to believe
that violations of law or the CCC policies have
taken or may take place; or
when there are compelling
Restriction of use under such
conditions is subject to appropriate procedures or
approval of appropriate CCC authority.
disclaims any responsibility for and does not warranty
information and materials residing on non-CCC systems or
available over publicly accessible networks. Such
materials do not necessarily reflect the attitudes,
opinions or values of CCC, its faculty, staff or
VI. NOTICE TO USERS
change from time to time, this Policy may be revised as
necessary to reflect such changes. It is the
responsibility of users to ensure that they have
reference to the most current version of the CCC
Acceptable Use Policy.
of this policy are based on language contained in the
Acceptable Use Of Information Systems At Virginia Tech
dated June 16, 2000. The CCC gratefully acknowledges
Virginia Tech for permission to use its policy.