This document formalizes the policy for students, faculty, staff (both part‐time and full‐time) and all other
authorized individuals (“Users”) at North Shore Community College (“NSCC” or “the College”) on the use of NSCC
information technology resources. Information technology resources include but are not limited to: NSCC
administrative and academic systems; college user accounts and services; college computers, tablets and software;
NSCC networks (wired and wireless); college owned desk and mobile phones; personal tablets, computers and
phones if connected to the NSCC wireless network; peripherals including copy machines, printers and scanners. Use
of NSCC information technology resources by any User shall constitute acceptance of the terms of this policy.
It is the responsibility of any person using NSCC information technology resources to read, understand, and follow
this policy. Any person with questions regarding the application or meaning of this policy should seek clarification
from the Chief Information Officer. Access to information technology resources imposes certain responsibilities and
obligations on Users and is granted subject to this policy and other applicable local, state and federal laws.
The use of NSCC information technology resources is a privilege, not a right. Violations of this policy may result in removal of access in addition to disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from the College and termination of employment, as well as civil liability and/or criminal prosecution. Unacceptable uses may also constitute a violation of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, HIPPA, Massachusetts Wiretap and /or Privacy Laws, defamation, copyright and/or trademark infringement laws and state or federal sexual harassment or discrimination laws.
Violations of this policy or other complaints of this nature should be reported as follows:
Acceptable use of NSCC information technology resources includes usage for academic, educational or professional
purposes which are directly related to official College business and in support of NSCC’s mission. Acceptable use
always is ethical, reflects academic honesty and shows restraint in the consumption of shared resources. It
demonstrates respect for intellectual property, ownership of data and system security mechanisms.
Use which violates the College’s policies and procedures, including but not limited to the “Student Code of
Conduct,” “Policy on Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity & Diversity,” and “Copyright and Intellectual
NSCC information technology resources are the property of the College and/ or the Commonwealth of
Massachusetts and are to be used in conformance with this policy. When reasonable and in pursuit of legitimate
needs for supervision, control, and the efficient and proper operation of the college, NSCC will exercise the right to
inspect any User's computer, any data contained in it, and any data sent or received by that computer. Use of NSCC
information technology resources constitutes express consent for NSCC to monitor and/or inspect any data that
Users create or receive, any messages they send or receive, and any web sites that they access, as well as monitor
network activity in any form that NSCC sees fit to maintain the integrity of the network. Therefore, Users shall have
no expectation of privacy over any communication, transmission or work performed using NSCC information
Users are not permitted to use any software unless it is properly licensed to NSCC. The Information Systems
Department reserves the right to remove any programs not properly licensed or authorized by the College.
In addition to software, legal protections can also exist for any information published on the Internet, such as the
text and graphics on a web site. As such, it is important that Users respect the rights of intellectual property owners.
Copyright material may not be used without the permission of the creator and in compliance with NSCC’s Copyright
and Intellectual Property Policy. Users should exercise care and judgment when copying or distributing information
that could reasonably be expected to be copyrighted.
Users shall not access, release, use, or disseminate confidential or proprietary information such as personal data
about identifiable individuals or commercial information about business organizations, unless the individual User is
authorized by NSCC to do so and such access, release, use, or dissemination is consistent with this policy and state
and federal law. The confidentiality of student educational records shall additionally be subject to the requirements
of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
All college‐owned computers are deployed with anti‐virus software approved by the Information Systems department. Users should exercise reasonable precautions in order to prevent the introduction of a computer virus into the local area or wide area networks by:
Information technology resources are property of the college. Users shall also have no expectation of privacy when
using such resources for social media activities. All information technology resource use including social media, but
not limited to Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, blogs or other forms of social media, shall be limited to academic,
educational or professional purposes, which are directly related to official college businesses and in support of the
College’s mission. All such uses shall comply with this and other applicable College policies and procedures (e.g.
Social Media Guidelines) as well as local, state and federal laws.
Electronic mail (email) and services within the NSCC Campus Portal are official methods of communication at the college, delivering information in a convenient, timely, cost‐effective and environmentally sensitive manner. It is the policy of this institution that:
NSCC makes no warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, for the service it is providing. NSCC will not be
responsible for any damages a User suffers. Users agree to waive any claim and release NSCC, its employees and
agents, from any claim, demand, liability, cause of action, or suit for damages arising out of their use of NSCC
information technology resources, including but not limited to: loss of data, equipment failure, service interruptions
or transmission delays caused by NSCC negligence or user errors or omissions.
NSCC specifically denies any responsibility for a User's encounter, access or use of any inappropriate or controversial materials from NSCC information technology resources, including the Internet. Users must notify appropriate staff listed in section 2 “User Responsiblities” if they identify information technology resources being used in a manner inconsistent with this Policy.
It is possible that personal and commercial web sites are linked to official NSCC web pages. It is understood that the College is neither responsible for, nor maintains control over any 3rd party sites linked to its web pages.
Pending Board Approval