Computer Use Agreement

OTC's Computer Use Agreement

Ozarks Technical Community College provides students, faculty, staff, and members of the public with access to campus and global information resources through networked computing technology to enhance its educational, social, cultural, and economic missions and in service to its many constituencies. The primary function of information technology resources at OTC is to support instruction and administration; other activities are secondary and may be subject to limitations. The OTC Computer Use Agreement for all information technology resources at OTC is based on common sense, common decency, and civility applied to a networked computing environment. Use of OTC information technology resources is a privilege and assumes responsible, ethical, and legal conduct by the user.

Users are required to use computers in compliance with proper course assignments/activities. Any fraudulent use of college owned or operated computers will result in appropriate disciplinary action and in flagrant cases could result in dismissal.

All users should read this information before they use the computers and the computer network at OTC. Use of the college's computer resources is subject to all college policies and all local, state, and federal laws including but not limited to the guidelines listed below. Registering for any class at OTC signifies that you have agreed to these guidelines.

  1. There will be no food or drink in the classroom and lab.
  2. Users are to run or access only those programs specifically assigned or permitted by the instructor.
  3. There are to be no games or similar software played on the college's computers.
  4. Users are not to submit, publish, view, or display on the network any defamatory, abusive, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, or illegal material, nor shall the user encourage the use of controlled substances as proscribed in state and federal laws.
  5. Classroom users may use e-mail only as assigned or permitted by the instructor. Network Administrators reserve the right to inspect e-mail as required by law or the policies of the college and to investigate complaints regarding e-mail that contain abusive, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, racially offensive, or illegal material.
  6. Commercial use of the network is strictly prohibited.
  7. Users may not use computer equipment to copy, store, or otherwise reproduce software or material covered by the copyright laws. This is not limited to software. It also covers music, movies, and written material such as books.
  8. Users are responsible for any charges, surcharges, or fees incurred while accessing the network.
  9. Users are not to intentionally harm data, software, or equipment that is part of the college network. Users are not to harm data or equipment belonging to another user. Users are held liable for any such software or equipment damaged.

Violation of any of the above guidelines may result in disciplinary action by the appropriate administrator and suspension or termination of the user's computer privileges. Any use of computing resources for any illegal purpose is prohibited, and will result in a forfeiture of use and may also be reported to the appropriate authorities. The user may also face further disciplinary action. The user may appeal the suspension of privileges in accordance with college policy.

Users have a lessened expectation of privacy when using computer resources owned by public institutions. Issuance of a password or other means of access is not a guarantee of privacy, license for abuse, or improper use of OTC's computing resources and facilities. In the course of network administration, we may be required to open e-mail and files, and a forensic analysis may require the network staff to access, inspect, and copy files, disks, and diskettes of users that have been used on the network without notice.

Users will reimburse OTC for any losses or damages, including reasonable attorney's fees incurred by the college as a result of any breach of this agreement. For additional information, email the Help Desk or call us at 417-447-7548.