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Regulations Governing Student Use of Victoria College Computing Resources

Victoria College is pleased to offer a variety of computing resources to students. These resources include individual e-mail addresses, Internet access, dial-in access, computer labs, a variety of software, and training. We encourage students to become proficient users of computing resources because we believe that these skills are critical to academic and career success. With these privileges come responsibilities. Students are required to abide by Victoria College Computer Use Policies and Regulations. These Policies and Regulations are located in the Victoria College Student Handbook, are posted in computer labs, and are on the College web page. Students are required to acknowledge that they understand these regulations and to agree to abide by them prior to receiving computer privileges. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Technology Services.



  1. You are the only person who may use resources (User ID and Passwords) that have been assigned to you.
  2. Do not give your password to anyone else, even to your friends or others whom you trust. If you suspect that someone may have discovered or guessed your password, change it immediately. Since you are encouraged to select a password which is uncommon and are urged to change your password frequently, it will be assumed that anyone other than you who gains access to your account has done so with your permission.
    • You will be held responsible for all activity of the resources assigned to you.
    • You will be held responsible for destructive or illegal activities conducted with your account.
  3. You cannot be paid or otherwise commercially profit from the use of any College-provided computing resource or from any output produced using it. You may not:
    • Post advertisements for products that you sell or wish to sell
    • Post chain letters from which you hope to profit
    • Run a business on College-owned computer

  4. Never use any College-provided resources to do something illegal, threatening, or deliberately destructive--not even as a joke.
    • Ignorance is no excuse. Read Computer Crimes Law. https://security.utexas.edu/policies/computercrimes
    • You cannot be exempt from the law because you a "just a student" or you were "playing around."
    • If you are a student who is also employed by the College, you may be disciplined both as a student and as an employee.

  5. Be civil. Do not send rude or harassing e-mail.
    • If someone asks you to stop sending them e-mail, then stop. If you fail to do so, a complaint can be filed against you and you can be disciplined according to College policy (see Victoria College Student Handbook).
    • If you are being harassed through e-mail, you may file a complaint just as you would due to in-person harassment.

  6. Use resources appropriately. Send messages only to recipients who are probably interested. Examples of inappropriate use of resources include:
    • Sending a message at random to a large number of news-groups or recipients
    • Attempting to inconvenience someone by sending them a large number of messages

  7. Do not falsify e-mail or news-group postings. This is forgery and can result in criminal penalties as well as disciplinary action.
    • All messages must correctly identify the sender
    • All electronic mail messages should be treated as private communications unless the author has explicitly made them available to others

  8. Be careful of copyright infringement. Copyright laws for online information are still evolving, but duplicating other people's text or graphics on your Web page can get you into trouble, even if the work did not contain a copyright notice.

  9. Never try to circumvent log-in procedures on any computer system or otherwise gain access where you are not allowed. This is not acceptable under any circumstances and will always result in disciplinary action.

The College tracks ALL computer usage, and evidence of any of these infractions is documented in the College's computer security system. Offenses will be investigated by the Dean of Student and Information Services under the authority of Part I, Article I (The College Discipline System), Sections 1.2 v (see Victoria College Student Handbook ). Possible College sanctions include Warning, Reprimand, Probation, Suspension, Dismissal, and Monetary Reimbursement. Offenses may also result in criminal charges.