Internet Acceptable Use Policy

Acceptable Use of Provided Access to Electronic Information, Services, and Networks

In making decisions regarding student access to the Internet, J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College is proud to offer Internet access to all students. This is a privilege provided for the student, a privilege which must not be abused. Access to the Internet enables students to explore thousands of libraries, databases, bulletin boards, and other resources while exchanging messages with people around the world. The College expects that faculty will blend thoughtful use of the Internet throughout the curriculum and will provide guidance and instruction to students in its use. As much as possible, access from school to Internet resources should be structured in ways that point students to those, which have been evaluated prior to use. While students will be able to move beyond those resources to others that have not been previewed by staff, they shall be provided with guidelines and lists of resources particularly suited to learning objectives.

Students utilizing College-provided Internet access must first have the permission of J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College’s professional staff. Students utilizing school-provided Internet access are responsible for good behavior on-line just as they are in a classroom or other area of the college. The same general rules for behavior and communications apply.

The purpose of College-provided Internet access is to facilitate communications in support of research and education. To remain eligible as users, students' use must be in support of and consistent with the educational objectives of J.F Drake State Community and Technical College. Access is a privilege, not a right. Access entails responsibility.

Users should not expect that files stored on school-based computers would always be private. Administrators and faculty may review files and messages to maintain system integrity and insure that users are acting responsibly.

The following uses of school-provided Internet access are not permitted:

  1. To access, upload, download, or distribute pornographic, obscene, or sexually explicit material;
  2. To transmit obscene, abusive, or sexually explicit language;
  3. To access, upload, download, or distribute any music files;
  4. To violate any local, state, or federal statute;
  5. To vandalize, damage, or disable the property of another individual or organization;
  6. To access another individual's materials, information, or files without permission; and,
  7. To violate copyright or otherwise use the intellectual property of another individual or organization without permission.

Any violation of college policy and rules may result in loss of College-provided access to Internet. Additional disciplinary action may be determined in keeping with existing procedures and practices regarding inappropriate language or behavior. When and where applicable, law enforcement agencies may be involved.

J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College makes no warranties of any kind, neither expressed nor implied, for the Internet access it is providing. The College will not be responsible for any damages users suffer, including--but not limited to--loss of data resulting from delays, interruptions in service or loss of service. The College will not be responsible for the accuracy, nature, or quality of information gathered through College-provided Internet access. The College will not be responsible for personal property used to access College computers or networks. The College will not be responsible for unauthorized financial obligations resulting from College-provided access to the Internet.