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Information Technology Guidelines

NETWORK CONNECTIVITY

INTERNET USE

POLICY

I.Purpose

To develop a local internet use policy that reflects TBR policy and guidelines.

II.Policy

Internet connectivity is provided at TCAT-Newbern for the purposes of academic and research activities and communication connectivity necessary to conduct the daily business of the College.  Other uses not falling under the umbrella of use as defined by the aforementioned policy are prohibited.

III.Scope

This policy/procedure applies to all TCAT-Newbern staff, faculty, and students.

IV.Responsibility

A.  The Director shall designate an IT Coordinator for the College who shall provide necessary technical assistance to the staff and faculty.  Such assistance shall normally include but not be limited to:

  • Hardware Procurement
  • Hardware Maintenance
  • Network Installation
  • Network Maintenance
  • Software Installation
  • IT Security

B.  Department heads shall be responsible for monitoring the use of computers assigned to personnel within their scope of operation.  Any violation of the Use Policy will necessitate immediate corrective action be taken by the department head.  Anyone knowingly violating the Use Policy will be subject to dismissal.

C.  Instructors shall be responsible for monitoring the use of computers provided for students in their program.  Any violation of the Use Policy will necessitate immediate corrective action be taken by the instructor.  Anyone knowingly violating the Use Policy will be subject to dismissal.

D.  Students shall be responsible for complying with the Use Policy.  Anyone knowingly violating the Use Policy will be subject to dismissal.

E.  Employees will be responsible for abiding by the provisions of the Use Policy.  Anyone knowingly violating the Use Policy will be subject to Dismissal.

V.Use Policy Provisions

A.  Individual usage of the internet must be consistent with Section II above.

B.  The internet shall not be used for any purpose that does not support the mission and purposes of TCAT-Newbern.

C.  The internet may not be used for commercial purposes.

D.  Deliberate disruption of anyone’s legitimate work on the internet is prohibited.

E.  The internet shall not be used for any unlawful purposes.  It is not permissible to   transmit threatening, obscene, or harassing materials. Attempts to penetrate a remote site without proper authorization is strictly forbidden and also violates Tennessee Code Annotated, which denotes suitable punishment for violators.

F.  No employees or students are to have Email addresses through any Email Services utilizing the TCAT-Newbern Internet unless approved by the Director and the Newbern IT Coordinator.

G.  No employees or students are allowed to participate in any Chat Rooms via the TCAT-Newbern internet.

H.  Downloads of materials, programs, videos, music, etc. are prohibited unless associated with the functions of the department/class.

I.  The Director or designated staff will determine interpretation of questionable acceptable usage.    

VI.General

A.  Realizing the internet is a powerful communications tool, TCAT will attempt to approach use with a degree of reasonableness.  Use by staff after hours shall not be discouraged provided such use falls within the parameters of professional behavior for a College employee and does not violate Fraud Waste or Abuse Guidelines.

B.Streaming of media by staff or students is forbidden.

Revised 12/07/15