Privacy and Security

Security and Privacy of Technology Resources
Immediately report any suspected breach in the security of the network to appropriate college personnel, e.g. an instructor, dean’s office, or system administrator. Users of campus networks are responsible for safeguarding their user ID and password and for all activity generated from their accounts. Users are expected to comply with system administrator requests for information about computing and IT activities.

Users should be aware that privacy and security cannot be guaranteed in any networked environment. The College reserves the right to monitor network traffic generally and individual traffic if necessary. The President or his/her designee may authorize access to employee or student email or computer files if it is believed necessary to prevent or correct improper use, satisfy a legal obligation, or insure proper operation of the electronic resources.

The College complies with the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which prohibits the release of educational records without student permission. The College takes reasonable measures including securely encrypting traffic using secure socket layer encryption to protect personally identifiable information that is collected or displayed, but cannot guarantee security and privacy. The College is a public institution and subject to the Alabama Open Records Act. Communications and other documents created by means of college technology resources may be released to appropriate authorities and all information stored electronically may be made available in administrative or judicial proceedings.