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Technology Use Policy

PURPOSE & DISCLAIMER
● NICC computer systems are provided for use by students, faculty, staff, and library users for the purpose of furthering the educational mission of the College, this includes coursework, college-related educational endeavors, and business operations.
● The Internet is an immense global network, which is currently unregulated. It provides a wealth of materials that may be enriching to individuals. It also allows access to material that may be offensive or illegal. Patrons are encouraged to evaluate Internet sources carefully. NICC, the Santee Tribal Library, and the Omaha Tribal Library are not responsible for the material patrons’ access through the Internet. Patrons assume all responsibility for material accessed or copied from the Internet
● The College cannot assure that data or files downloaded by users are virus-free. The College is not responsible for damages to equipment or data on a user's personal computer from the use of data downloaded from the College’s Internet service.
● Computer use in the library is offered in 30-minute sessions on a first-come, first-served basis; each user is allowed one session--if there is no user waiting for the service at the end of a session, the user can have another session, but once having had the service for 30 minutes the user must abandon use of the Internet if another user requests use of the service.
● Copyright laws apply to Internet material, just as they apply to other information in the College. It is the patron’s responsibility to comply with copyright laws.

POLICIES
● Patrons will be asked to sign a log-in sheet for computer use
● Library staff will provide workshops on Internet use and research techniques for students, faculty and staff of the college as well as the general public
● PRINTING: must get permission from library staff before printing.
● Absolutely no food or drinks are allowed by any computers. If you are asked to remove these items and do not comply, you will be asked to leave.

Acts of misconduct which will be the cause for disciplinary action up to and including discharge, as well as possible legal and/or civil action:
● Users will not access materials that are inappropriate. This includes information of a sexual or graphic nature. If users are found using the Internet for this type of material, they will be asked to leave.
● Users will respect and uphold copyright laws and all other applicable laws and regulations; they will not use it for illegal purposes.
● Users will respect the rights and privacy of others by not accessing private files
● Users agree not to incur any costs for the college through their use of the Internet service
● Users shall not create and/or distribute computer viruses over the Internet
● Users shall not deliberately or willfully cause damage to computer equipment, programs, or parameters
● Users shall not make, distribute, or use unauthorized copies of licensed software;
● Unauthorized copying of anything that is licensed or protected by copyright. This includes, but is not limited to any software (including operating systems, programs, applications, databases, or code), multimedia files (including music, movies, or audio), or text files is prohibited.
● Inappropriate or misuse of email is not allowed. This involves sending unsolicited email (including junk mail, jokes, or chain letters) to users of the College’s email system that is of a non-business nature.
● Sharing of assigned logins with anyone else for any reason. Unauthorized use of another person’s login or attempting to do so. Unauthorized use of a generic login outside of the context for which that login was created. Each student/employee will be responsible for all activities under his/her assigned login.
● On-line games are not allowed to be played on the computers

AUTHORITY

The Information Technology Department may access other's files for the maintenance of networks, computers and storage systems. Data, information, & files stored in electronic form on college owned equipment and/or transmitted across college owned networks is the property of Nebraska Indian Community College, and no right to privacy can be assumed. Information Technology staff may also routinely monitor and log usage data, such as network connection times, CPU and disk utilization for each user, security audit trails, and network loading. Data collected may be reviewed and further investigated should evidence of violation of policy or law occur. If necessary, staff may monitor the activities and files of specific users on the college computers and networks. Any staff member who believes such monitoring is necessary should discuss the problem and strategy for investigation with the Chief Information Officer.

Any student who violates the policies set forth in this document is subject to disciplinary action as defined in the College Handbook. Faculty and staff who violate these policies are subject to disciplinary action as defined in the Employee Handbook. All violators may be subject to arrest according to local, state and federal law.

SUMMARY OF CIVIL AND CRIMINAL PENALITIES FOR VIOLATION OF FEDERAL COPYRIGHT LAWS
Copyright infringement is the act of exercising, without permission or legal authority, one or more of the exclusive rights granted to the copyright owner under section 106 of the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code). These rights include the right to reproduce or distribute a copyrighted work. In the file-sharing context, downloading or uploading substantial parts of a copyrighted work without authority constitutes an infringement.

Penalties for copyright infringement include civil and criminal penalties. In general, anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement may be ordered to pay either actual damages or "statutory" damages affixed at not less than $750 and not more than $30,000 per work infringed. For "willful" infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed. A court can, in its discretion, also assess costs and attorney's' fees. For details, see Title 17, United States Code, Sections 504, 505.  Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up to five years and fines of up to $250,000 per offense.