Computer Use Statement Policy - Students

Sponsor: Information Technology Services
Contact: Chief Information Officer and Vice President for Information Technology Services
Category: Information Security and Technology
Number: 1000.003
Effective Date: 07/09/2003
Implementation History: Approved: April 14, 2002, Revised: July 9, 2003
Keywords: Students, Computers


Defines proper and improper use of college accounts and PCs by students.


SUNY Empire State College promotes student use of its online academic resources, online student support services and computing facilities at all of its locations, and seeks to improve the computer literacy of its students, faculty and staff. Every user is expected to adhere to the guidelines that follow to further these goals.

  1. Receiving an account is a privilege extended only to the person who was assigned the account. Under no circumstances should anyone else be allowed to use the account. Take all reasonable precautions to prevent unauthorized use of your account.
  2. Unauthorized use of the SUNY Empire State College computer network will lead to the termination of your account. Unauthorized use of SUNY Empire State College computers and computer accounts includes (but is not limited to):
    • Using any SUNY Empire State College computer or account for personal profit.
    • Using any SUNY Empire State College computer resources, online resources or accounts for other than academic or college purposes.
    • Attempting to interfere with the performance of any SUNY Empire State College computer or computer system.
    • Damaging any SUNY Empire State College computer hardware or software.
    • Accessing or attempting to access computer files or information belonging to another user without permission.
    • Interfering with or attempting to interfere with the legitimate work of another user on the Empire State College computer network.
    • Allowing someone else to use your SUNY Empire State College computer account.
    • The unauthorized copying of any SUNY Empire State College software or web page that is protected by copyright, patent or trade secret law.
    • Abusing specific computer resources, such as the SUNY Empire State College network or the internet.
    • Circumventing or attempting to circumvent SUNY Empire State College’s computer system security.
    • Using any SUNY Empire State College computer or account for any activities that violate local, state or federal laws.
  3. The college reserves the right to monitor or restrict computing activity on this system. The college is not responsible for loss of data or service interference resulting from efforts to maintain the college’s computing facilities.
  4. Students creating personal web pages on the college’s servers must abide by the college’s web policy.