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Acceptable and Unacceptable Use Policies
Computer and network access at Mount Holyoke College is provided
in accordance with our Acceptable Use Policies (AUP).
describes some of these policies and has references to other documents
for policies on specific topics.
While some infractions are simply violations of etiquette, some infractions
can put the institution at risk and others are CRIMES for which you
could be prosecuted (e.g., violation of copyright laws or breaking into
another system and destroying information).
Between these extremes are usage behaviors that adversely affect
other users or adversely affect the operation of the computer
systems or networks to which they are attached.
For your use only
This account is for your use only. The password is not to be given
to anyone else for any reason. If you suspect someone has obtained your password,
change it immediately and request assistance from LITS
(x2600) if necessary.
Sharing of accounts is strictly prohibited. The use of your account
by anyone else is considered a breach of system security.
Because of the growing numbers of passwords we all have to contend with,
having a personal strategy for password security is important.
You should consider having a few, unrelated and very secure passwords
for specific purposes, such as your banking and credit card(s)
and your MHC account.
Infractions of acceptable use
Illegal activities using the College network
or computers are prohibited. (Many of the specific examples
below fit into this category.)
Attempting to gain unauthorized access to any other system.
In some cases, this may fall into the category of criminal behavior.
Copyright law violation
Copyright infringement can put you and/or the institution at
risk of legal action which can, at the very least, be
College computers and network will not be used for any personal
business activity that is not related to the mission of the
College. While this
does not preclude intermittent posting of items for sale
in appropriate newsgroups, advertising is not permitted.
Presentation of a personal resume on your personal homepage
is not considered a commercial purpose.
Excessive use of resources
The computers and network are a shared resource. It is
difficult to define exactly what is excessive use of these
resources, but if affects others' uses of the systems, it
As a user of the computer system, you are a member of a
larger community. Actions you take have an effect on others.
For example, excessive use of disk resources or computer time
can negatively impact others' use of the system and will have
to be curtailed unless special and valid reasons are given.
(It is usually the case that occurrences of these problems are
accidental and are corrected by informing the individual of the problem.)
Another example would be a personal computer system spewing
large amounts of traffic onto the network.
Inappropriate resource use
Various resources, such as disk space, is provided for specific
purposes. For example, disk space in a departmental shared area
should not be used for personal information. Another example
would be the use of a mailing list for something other than
its intended use.
Allowing access to campus resources to non-community members
This may occur, for example, if a personal computer is compromised
(hacked) or infected with a virus or a "bot".
Harassment and other unwanted contact
Do not continue to attempt communications with someone
who has indicated that communication is not desired.
After someone has indicated that communication is
not desired, continued attempts may be considered harassing.
Forgery or other misrepresentation of one's identity via
any form of electronic communication.
Do not send unsolicited bulk email (spam) not related to
the College mission. Do not use mailing lists for purposes
for which they were not intended.
Network attached devices
Any device on the network that adversely affects the network
should be removed.
For more details on Acceptable Use, please see
Policy on Responsible Use of Computing Resources at Mount Holyoke College (.pdf)