Users of the SEARK computer system must adhere to state and federal laws which refer to computer fraud, software piracy, etc., and refrain from:
- Dishonestly using SEARK computers or resources in activities such as but not limited to blogging, posting online, or participating in the unauthorized broadcast.
- The disruption/destruction of computer facilities or equipment,
- The violation of licenses and copyright agreements, SEARK policy and state/federal laws, and,
- Visiting pornographic sites.
Academic dishonesty is defined in the SEARK Student Conduct Policies. Examples of academic dishonesty include, but are not limited to:
- Submitting the programs/program documentation of another as one’s own work,
- Obtaining or attempting to obtain unauthorized access to information stored in electronic form, and,
- Submitting false results of a program’s output for a class assignment or falsifying the results from a program execution for the purpose of obtaining a passing grade
The Computer Systems Protection Act outlaws certain accesses, alterations, damages, or destruction of a computer, computer systems, computer networks, or computer software/data. All SEARK computer users are subject to the terms of the law. Under these terms, academic computing, administrative computing, and network services departments are responsible for reporting violations to the proper authorities.
Disruptive/Destructive computer behavior includes:
- Entering a pornographic site/display of pornographic material,
- Damaging/stealing college-owned equipment or software,
- The creation and/or display of false system messages,
- Maliciously causing system slow-downs or rendering a system inoperable,
- Gaining/attempting to gain access to accounts without proper authorization, and,
- Introducing viruses/worms into a system.
SEARK adheres to EDUCOM copyright policies. Most software used on SEARK computers is covered by copyright, license, or non-disclosure agreements. For committing these violations SEARK and the offending student would be likely be assessed civil penalties. Violations include, but are not limited to:
- Making copies of copyrighted/licensed software without first obtaining proper authorization,
- Using software in violation of copyright, license or non-disclosure agreements,
- Using college computers for unauthorized private or commercial purposes.