College Catalog

Policies and Procedures

Computer Use Policy

The goals of Hudson Valley Community College are to provide computer users with state of the art computing facilities and to keep the number of restrictions on individuals to a minimum, while maintaining excellent service for students pursuing their academic goals and for employees conducting their work activities.

To assist the college in achieving these objectives, users themselves must observe reasonable standards of behavior in the use of these facilities and maintain an atmosphere of civility, mutual respect and high ethical standards. Proper use includes compliance with the following guidelines:

  • No attempt will be made to modify or destroy system software components such as operating systems, compilers, utilities, applications or other software residing on any college computer, except the user's own files.
  • No attempt will be made to electronically transmit or post any material which is considered harmful, abusive, threatening, defamatory, derogatory, harassing, vulgar, obscene, sexually explicit, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable.
  • No attempt will be made to access, read, modify or destroy files belonging to another user without complete authorization from that user to do so.
  • No attempt will be made to connect to or use college computers with a username which was not assigned to you by the college. Use of another person's username or password is prohibited.
  • No attempt will be made to gain access to a password belonging to another person or place a password other than your own in a file on a college computer. In addition, no attempt will be made to install, run or place software designed for this purpose on any college computer.
  • No attempt will be made to bypass or otherwise defeat system security to gain access to programs, files or other computer data or to install, run or place software designed for this purpose on any college computer.
  • No attempt will be made to copy, store, post or distribute computer software, files or any other material in violation of trademark, copyright laws including but not limited to the Digital Millenium Communications Act (DMCA), confidentiality laws including but not limited to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), or when you do not have a legal right to do so.
  • No attempt will be made to interfere with proper operation of a computer or interfere with another person's use of a computer, including for example, the electronic transmission or posting of files or programs containing viruses or any other content intended to interfere with proper operation of a computer.
  • No attempt will be made to impersonate any person, including other Hudson Valley Community College students and employees. No attempt will be made to disguise the origin of any electronically transmitted or posted material. No attempt will be made to make unauthorized use of someone else’s electronic signature.
  • No unauthorized attempt to use, modify, connect or disconnect computer equipment, peripherals, communication equipment and cables.
  • No unauthorized attempt will be made to use any college computer to electronically transmit chain letters, junk mail, pyramid schemes or any other unsolicited mass mailings to multiple recipients with the exception of employees conducting college business and students completing required college course assignments.
  • No unauthorized attempt will be made to connect to and/or gain access to information being transported by computer networks, or to install, run or place software designed for this purpose on any college computer. Installation or use of any network communication software not approved by the college is prohibited.
  • No user will make their password known to anyone other than an employee of the college authorized to assist employees or students with computer related problems.
  • No food or drink is permitted in any computer classroom or computer learning center with the exception of the Computer Café in the Campus Center.
  • Users of college computers will comply with all local, state, federal and international laws relating to the use of computers and any other electronic communication services provided by the college.
  • Use of college computers for commercial, business purposes or personal profit is prohibited without specific authorization from the college for such use. Commercial or business purposes includes advertising the sale of goods and services not directly related to Hudson Valley Community College or campus based organizations.
  • Use of college computers to falsify or modify documents in a manner which is unauthorized, is a violation of the rights of owners, is a violation of copyright laws, or is not properly attributed, is prohibited.
  • Use of college computers and network services for local or remote game playing is prohibited unless specifically required as part of a course in which a student is currently registered or a faculty member is currently teaching. In addition, the installation, uploading, downloading or storage of any game software on college computers is prohibited.
  • Use of “bots,” “flooding,” or any abuse of Internet Relay Chat that generates valid harassment or denial of service complaints from other users of Internet Relay Chat is prohibited.
  • Website services for the entire campus community are provided on a centralized server by the Information Technology Services. Use of any other college computer for the purpose of serving a Web site is prohibited.

Information Technology Services (ITS) regularly monitors all computer systems usage. All occurrences of computer usage abuse, which interfere with other users or with proper functioning of the computer system will be investigated "in depth." When placing files on the college's computer systems, users should be aware that ITS has access to their files and may review the contents of their account at any time when investigating problems or suspected computer usage abuse. Findings of each investigation are forwarded to the vice president for enrollment management and student development. In addition, Hudson Valley Community College reserves the right to remove or otherwise restrict access to material stored on any college computer system in violation of the college’s computer policy as stated above.

All instances of unethical or irresponsible use of computing facilities are grounds for disciplinary action by the college's Regulations Review Board (see section in the College Catalog on Campus Regulations for Students, Visitors and College Personnel and Organizations). Instances of abuse may result in civil and/or criminal proceedings. The college expects that all users of computing facilities will observe reasonable standards of behavior.