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Network Use Policy

The Computer Services department strives to provide students with the computer technology they need to succeed in their studies at The Master's College. Students of TMC have access to a variety of computer resources, including the following:

  • Internet and email access
  • Common file area on our servers for collaboration on projects
  • Personal storage areas for saving papers and other documents
  • Printers that have been strategically placed in dormitories and buildings across campus

You can access these resources from the Library or from your own computer if it has been connected to the wireless network. With access to these resources comes the responsibility to use them wisely. TMC's network is a resource that is shared by students, faculty, and staff alike. In order to avoid disrupting other network users, you should be aware of the following:

  • Do not use network resources in a manner that disrupts other users, i.e., forwarding junk email or sending spam.
  • Be careful what you say in email or chat rooms; make sure you say what you mean to say. Others may not take what you say in the same manner that you do.
  • Many aspects of using computers, i.e., Internet, email, word processors, etc., are learned by a trial-and-error method of encountering problems and discovering solutions. Please do not be afraid to try to find the answer yourself before asking others for help.
  • Individual Internet resources are not the responsibility of Computer Services; if a particular web site or Internet link does not operate correctly, please contact the maintainer of that website for assistance.

Network Infrastructure

All installed wireless access points and antennas are the property of TMC. Do not tamper with, adjust, abuse, repair, or otherwise touch these access points and their antennas. Due to the presence of this equipment in dorm hallways and other public areas, residents should be very careful about horseplay, throwing objects, and other activities which may potentially cause equipment damage.

All network printers, wireless access points and TMC-owned computers employ secure wired network connections. No person is authorized to use, unplug or tamper with these hardwire connections for any purpose.

Network Access

All network, Internet, and email usage is not private and is monitored. Computer Services staff have the right to examine any files on shared or personal storage. Any questionable usage or activity will be immediately reported to Student Life.

Each student will be provided with a username and password that will be required for the use of any network resource which requires authentication. Students are responsible to protect their password from unauthorized use; to prevent this, passwords should not be printed, stored on-line, or given to others. Users will be held responsible for all operations that take place under their user account.

Students are not allowed for any purpose to obtain and/or use any login account that is not their own. Students must obtain permission from the owner of any file before viewing or altering its contents. Just because you can obtain the ability to read, alter, or copy a file does not imply that you have permission to read, alter, or copy that file.

Students may not attempt to probe, scan, or test the vulnerability of any TMC system or network, or breach security or authentication measures, which include attempting to obtain and/or distribute encryption keys used at TMC.

Students are not allowed to set up any form of proxy service or other such arrangement to enable more than one computer to access the network via a wireless connection; each student is limited to one connection. In addition, students are not allowed to set up any type of server or server operating system on computers that are connected to the network. This includes, but is not limited to, the following services:

  • DHCP
  • WINS
  • DNS
  • NDS Trees
  • Web Servers

In addition, the following services are allowed only with specific permission from the TMC Network Administrator:

  • Any type of Domain

Students are not allowed to make or obtain copies of software or other intellectual properties (i.e. music .mp3's, videos, etc.) using The Master's College's network. All students must abide by intellectual property laws, including copyright laws and software contracts. Students may not copy, store, display, or distribute copyrighted material or proprietary data using the network that has not been placed in the public domain, or distributed as freeware, without the express permission of the copyright owner. In addition to the above restrictions, students may not access the network if they have Peer to Peer file sharing applications installed on their personal machines. Because of legal, security and bandwidth issues, computers with installed peer to peer file sharing applications will not be allowed access to the Master's College network.

Students may not use TMC's computer resources for commercial purposes, except for incidental work such as posting a resume, mentioning consulting services in a web page, or communicating with an employer via email. Students may not use TMC-owned resources for commercial development of programs, data processing or computation, or preparation and presentation of advertising material (this does not apply to personally-owned computers that are connected to the wireless network).

Students must remember that the network is a shared resource and that many people must use it for their daily work. Consuming large amounts of system resources (network bandwidth, disk space, print queues) by performing large file downloads or networked gaming can obstruct this work and in such cases Computer Services staff have the authority to throttle bandwidth and/or terminate connections that monopolize resources.

Students will be held responsible for any action using the network that is chargeable as a violation of local, state or federal law, whether or not charges are brought by civil authorities.

Email/Messaging

In order to maintain efficient communication and to conserve network resources, SPAM, chain letters, and other unwelcome messages, whether sent to addresses within the network or across the Internet, are prohibited. Students may not send unsolicited messages to multiple students without approval by the appropriate college authority. Students may not send messages with forged headers; all messages must accurately show from where and whom the message originated.

Computer Services reserves the right to filter, refuse, or discard mail from outside hosts that send unsolicited, mass, or commercial messages, or messages that appear to contain viruses.

Students are prohibited from sending material that is obscene or defamatory, or with intent to annoy, harass, or alarm.

Printing

In order to curb frivolous printing and to keep costs down, a printing charge has been instituted that applies to all TMC printers found in the dormitories and at various points across campus, including the Computer Lab and Library. Each student starts the semester with a credit balance of 300 pages. If your printing needs surpass this amount, you will be able to purchase additional pages from the Student Finance Center.

If there is a run off of blank pages due to printer or software problems, you must report this to the Computer Services Student Helpdesk within 2 days of the printout to receive credit.

Please include the following information:

  1. Name
  2. Date of Print Job
  3. Number of Pages Printed
  4. Which Printer You Printed to

You can email studenthelp@masters.edu or call x2876 with this information.

Unused pages cannot be carried over to the next semester. At the beginning of each semester your balance will be reset to 300 pages.

Policy Violations

Students who violate the above stated policies will be subject to one or more of the following disciplinary actions:

  1. Student may receive a written notice and warning about the violation.
  2. The student's network connection may be immediately terminated.
  3. Network access may be suspended until the situation is rectified.
  4. Network access may be suspended for a specified period of time.
  5. Replacement/repair costs for damage to TMC-owned property will be charged to the responsible students' accounts.
  6. Violations may be reported to Student Life which may result in further, more serious penalties.