Northeast Alabama Community College provides students with
computer workstations in laboratories and in the library, and
provides faculty and staff with computer access in offices.
These workstations, software, and storage device contents are
the property of Northeast Alabama Community College. As part of
campus resources, computers are connected to and have access to
the Internet. Each user is responsible for his or her activities
on computers and on the Internet. Activities which are illegal,
harass others, and offend those working around one are not
permitted and will result in loss of privileges.
Campus workstations and the resources they access are provided
for course-related assignments, scholarly research, college
business, and other activities directly related to the mission
of Northeast Alabama Community College. At the discretion of
college personnel, resources may be used for recreational and
casual use when they are not otherwise in use.
In all cases, computer use in support of the college's mission
will take precedence over recreational and casual use.
Access is a privilege, not a right: Northeast Alabama Community
College reserves the right to deny the privilege of the use of
any or all types of computer technology to individuals who
violate the Acceptable Use Policy.
Definitions and Application
This Acceptable Use Policy applies to all persons who use or
attempt to use computer resources owned by Northeast Alabama
Community College. Computer resources include computers,
networks, software, data, and other information technologies,
whether located on campus or at an off-campus activity sponsored
by the College. These resources are to be used in a manner that
supports the institutional mission of Northeast Alabama
Northeast Alabama Community College provides Internet access on
selected computers available to its students, faculty, and staff
by participating in the Alabama Research and Educational Network
(AREN), which is administered by the Alabama Supercomputer
Authority in order to provide Internet access for academic,
educational, and research purposes only. The College abides by
the Acceptable Use Policy of AREN, which is available for view
in the Office of Technology.
All Northeast Alabama Community College regulations and existing
state and federal laws apply, including not only those
regulations and laws that are specific to computers and networks
but also those that may apply generally to personal conduct and
Users of computing resources belonging to Northeast Alabama
Community College will be held accountable for their conduct
under this policy statement, any other applicable policies or
procedures of Northeast Alabama Community College, and/or state
or federal laws and regulations. Use of computer information
technology that is unacceptable includes but is not limited to
the following examples:
Violating or attempting to violate copyright laws governing
software and materials accessed by means of computer technology.
Violating or attempting to violate license agreements, including
but not limited to making unauthorized copies of software or
data owned by or licensed to Northeast Alabama Community
Using software or data obtained by means that are illegal or
contrary to the policies of Northeast Alabama Community College.
Violating or attempting to violate Northeast Alabama Community
College security, including but not limited to circumventing
data protection schemes, gaining unauthorized access, or
decrypting secure data.
Accessing or attempting to access information belonging to
another individual or Northeast Alabama Community College
office; or misrepresenting one's identity, including but not
limited to using another's password.
Allowing an unauthorized individual to access an account or
information, including but not limited to divulging a password
or other sign-on information.
Intentionally executing, transmitting, or installing any program
designed to damage or to place excessive load on a computer
system or network, including but not limited to computer
viruses, Trojan Horses and worms.
Creating, reproducing, or transmitting materials that are
slanderous or defamatory in nature, that threaten violence, or
that otherwise violate existing laws or regulations.
Displaying text or images that might be found offensive in a
location that can be seen or read by others, including but not
limited to text or images that are obscene or harassing in any
Using or attempting to use computer resources to harass others,
to monitor others, or to disrupt their work.
Failing to abide by the provisions of this statement that give
priority to educational uses of computer resources, including
but not limited to using computers for commercial purposes or
for recreational purposes while others need access for
Failing to abide by the policies, procedures, and regulations of
the lab, library, classroom, office, or other facility in which
the computer equipment is located.
Using or installing any software that has not been authorized by
Northeast Alabama Community College.
Overusing or overloading computer resources, including computer
memory as well as paper and other supplies. Northeast Alabama
Community College reserves the right to periodically purge
excessively large files and email files.
Damaging, destroying, defacing, or removing hardware, software,
data, or supplies that belong to others or to Northeast Alabama
Because access to information technology resources at Northeast
Alabama Community College is a privilege, abuse of this
privilege is subject to campus disciplinary procedures and
possibly legal action.
If the initial violation is minor or accidental, the situation
will be resolved informally with the purpose of educating the
violator. If the violation is repeated or is more serious in
nature, Northeast Alabama Community College may rescind or
modify computer access privileges. Violations of local, state,
or federal laws will result in the immediate loss of all
Northeast Alabama Community College computing privileges and
will be referred to appropriate Northeast Alabama Community
College officials and/or law enforcement authorities.
Northeast Alabama Community College has the responsibility of
administering, protecting, and monitoring all computers,
software, and networks owned or licensed by the college whether
on or off campus, with the exception of privately owned
computers in the possession of individuals for their personal
use. Authorized personnel may monitor computer activity,
including electronic mail, for the purpose of maintaining system
performance and security. Users are expected to cooperate with
investigations of violation of college policy.
Northeast Alabama Community College reserves the right to
require users to refrain from using any program or property of
Northeast Alabama Community College accepts no responsibility
for damage to personal property or data caused by any Northeast
Alabama Community College computer system or connections
including, but not limited to, malfunctions of hardware and
software, computer viruses, Trojan Horses, and worms.
Northeast Alabama Community College will not be liable for the
actions of anyone, including students and employees, connected
to the Internet through the college Internet access.
Using or attempting to use any computer or information
technology resource of Northeast Alabama Community College
signifies the following:
The user agrees to comply with the provisions of this Acceptable
The user accepts responsibility for knowing the contents of this
policy statement. Failure to read or acknowledge this statement
will not be an excuse for noncompliance.
The user accepts that failure to comply with this policy may
result in temporary or permanent denial of access to computer or
information technologies, or in some cases may result in college
disciplinary action or legal action.
Copies of the Acceptable Use Policy are available in the College
Catalog, on the College website, and in facilities where
computer resources are used. A summary of this policy is posted
on or near computer equipment.
WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS POLICY Appended to AUP September, 2005
Northeast Alabama Community College provides wireless data
network access in select locations for the campus community.
This access uses the 802.11b and 802.11g standards for speeds up
to 54Mbps. Wireless networking is provided as a supplement to
the College’s wired LAN network and is not considered a
replacement for wired access. Use of the wireless network on
campus is subject to the following rules:
Wireless access on campus is subject to the college’s
Acceptable Use Policy found in the college catalog and posted on
Each student is permitted one connection to the wireless
network for a personal computer or handheld device.
Connection of hubs, switches, routers, unapproved access
points or any other device which may interfere with the campus
network are not permitted. Connection sharing is not allowed.
Violations will result in loss of access to the wireless
Any other action that is judged detrimental to campus network
operation by the IT staff may be terminated.
The wireless connection is a direct connection to the
Internet with a basic firewall. The college does not provide
virus or spyware scanning software for this connection, and
therefore the risk of infections to computers increases.
Connection users, not NACC, are responsible for infections
originating from this wireless Internet connection.
Full policies of
Northeast Alabama Community College are published in the
Faculty and Staff Handbook (employment policies), or the
Catalog (academic and student policies), or can be obtained
from the Office of the President. While this website
attempts to present information accurately, it does not
constitute the complete statement of policies of Northeast
Alabama Community College. Contents are subject to change