Barnard College requires that all users accessing college resources abide by the standards of acceptable usage indicated within this policy. This policy codifies appropriate usage, establishes the need for users to respect the rights of others and to be in compliance with all college policies, policies of external networks and resources, applicable local, state, federal and international laws and regulations.
Barnard College provides information, data, and other resources. Responsible use of college resources is necessary to create and maintain an open community of responsible users based on mutual respect and cooperation, commitment to the integrity of resources, and compliance with all college policies and applicable local, state, federal and international laws and regulations. This policy defines acceptable usage of Barnard College resources.
Barnard's Vice President for Information Technology or her designee and the General Counsel are responsible for the maintenance of this policy and for responding to questions regarding this policy. The college reserves the right to amend this policy at any time.
This policy applies to all individuals who access, use, or control college resources. Those individuals include, but are not limited to staff, faculty, students, those working on behalf of the college, guests, tenants, visitors, and individuals authorized by affiliated institutions and organizations.
The college’s resources are provided to support the education, research and service missions of the college. Inappropriate use of these resources threatens the atmosphere for the sharing of information, the free exchange of ideas, and a secure environment for creating and maintaining college resources.
This policy establishes the expectations for all users of the college’s resources. It codifies appropriate usage, establishes the need for users to respect the rights of others and to be in compliance with college policies, policies of external networks and resources, applicable local, state, federal and international laws and regulations.
The college is not responsible for information residing on non-college resources or available over publicly accessible networks even if accessed via the college’s resources. Such materials do not necessarily reflect the attitudes, opinions, or values of the college or its constituents. The college reserves the right to modify or amend this policy and to limit or restrict the use of its resources at its sole discretion.
Use of college resources are subject to many laws and regulations. Suspected violations of applicable law are subject to investigation by the college and possibly law enforcement officials. Some of the applicable laws and regulations are as follows:
Violations of these policies are adjudicated according to the procedures defined in the student, faculty or employee policies and procedures and may result in the removal of resources access and/or more serious sanctions.
Data is a stored collection of information that may include symbols, words, sounds or images.
Personally Identifiable Information is nonpublic information relating to an individual that reasonably identifies the individual and, if compromised, could cause significant harm to that individual or to the college. Examples may include, but are not limited to, Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, bank account information, student grades or disciplinary information, salary or employee performance information, donations, patient health information, information that the college has agreed to keep confidential and account passwords or encryption keys used to protect access to confidential college data.
Proprietary Information is data, information, or intellectual property in which the college has an exclusive legal interest or ownership right, which, if compromised, could cause significant harm to the college. Examples may include, but are not limited to, business planning information, financial information, trade secrets, copyrighted material, research or comparable materials from a third party that the college has agreed to keep confidential.
Resources include data, networks, computers, and other devices that store or display data, communication devices, and software used on such devices, paper files, and other resources provided by the college.
Sensitive Information is any information whose disclosure could cause harm to the college or its constituents including Personally Identifiable Information and Proprietary Information.
Users refer to faculty, staff, students and any other individuals that may have access to the college’s resources.
Policy Issued: 11/12/2013