Acceptable Use Agreement - Network

Permission is granted to me by Davidson College for academic and administrative non-commercial use of the Davidson campus network according to the terms of this agreement. It is the responsibility of each user to comply with Davidson College regulations and all federal state and local laws.

Information Technology Services (ITS) maintains a list of supported hardware and software. A "best guess" attempt will be made to connect nonstandard computers and computers with nonstandard network cards or software to the network, but there are no guarantees that nonstandard equipment can be made to work on the Davidson network. Nonstandard hardware and software will receive low priority and limited support.

User responsibilities extend to the computers on the network and to the network itself. All mail and notices originating from a computer and the security of individual devices on the network are the responsibility of the owner. No device which is connected to the campus network may provide connections from outside of Davidson College onto the campus network without the authorization of ITS. Packet capture devices or software may not be used except by personnel authorized by ITS to troubleshoot network problems. ITS is not responsible for any hacker attempts, break-ins, viruses or other unauthorized activities.

No modifications to the network topology including retransmission of signals, extension of wiring, use of a network hub within my room/office, and the installation of a wireless access point or wireless hub may be made without permission from ITS. Troubleshooting of any problems with the data jacks should be left to ITS personnel. Due to traffic impact on the Davidson network, servers and services may not be set up without the written authorization of ITS.   ITS will monitor and may restrict as needed certain types of traffic.

Unauthorized use of the Davidson network includes, but is not limited to the following illustrative examples: illegal or criminal activities; sending fraudulent electronic mail; mass emails; sending excessive amounts of e-mail to a user (mail bombing); the unauthorized use, deletion or alteration of accounts or files belonging to other users; use, attempted use, or possession in one's account of programs intended to crash the system, fraudulently imitate system responses or gain unauthorized access to privileges, accounts, data, software or computers; harassing or intimidating others; interfering with the reasonable and normal use of the network by others; copying licensed proprietary software; or deliberately altering or damaging hardware or software in any way that would prevent or interfere with the intended use of the network by others.

Davidson College requires network users to have a current copy of an anti-virus application installed on their computers. The software must be kept up to date with the latest anti-virus patterns to protect their computers and help to eliminate the spread of viruses on campus.

ITS maintains a list of IP addresses and computer names and each computer must have a unique address and use the owner's network account name or tag number as its computer name. ITS reserves the right to disconnect any network device or computer, which is causing excessive traffic or other problems on the Davidson network. In emergencies, the network or segments of it may be taken down with little or no notice for maintenance, problems, or servicing.

ITS may immediately suspend network access privileges of anyone suspected of violating ITS policies. Upon violation of the terms of this agreement or ITS policies, ITS retains the right to permanently deny all future access privileges and network services. Anyone violating this agreement may also be subject to further disciplinary action by Davidson College and/or the Honor Council, as well as legal action by the proper authorities where violations of state or federal law are involved.

October 2, 2012