Responsible Use of Technology Resources at SUNY Plattsburgh

Use of technology resources is a privilege granted by the College. Use of any information technology implicitly affirms that you will abide by all applicable federal, state and College policies that govern technology and information resources. The information technology facilities of SUNY Plattsburgh (computer hardware, software, networks, data, video, and other information facilities) are shared resources that directly support and facilitate teaching, research, public service, and administrative functions of the College.

The College strives to provide the most current and useful information technology, resources, and networks to faculty, students, and staff. The excellence of our system is dependent on the integrity of our users. Individuals are accountable for their actions and all activity involving the accounts for which they have responsibility. Therefore, users are expected to:

  • Respect the rights of others; for example, users will comply with all College policies regarding sexual, racial, and other forms of harassment and disorderly conduct;
  • Respect the intended usage of resources; for example, users will use only the unique account assigned, users will not share their account with others, and users will abstain from any activity that abuses system resources such as chain letters, flooding/spamming, etc;
  • Respect the legal protection provided by copyright and licensing of programs and data; for example, users shall not make copies of a licensed software program or make multiple copies of information that is protected under copyright law;
  • Respect the integrity of system and network resources; for example, users will try not to breach system security through any means, including hacking, viruses, Trojan horses, password grabbing, and disk scavenging;
  • Respect the intended usage of computer systems and networks for electronic exchange (such as e-mail, Internet, World Wide Web, etc.); for example, users will not send forged or anonymous e-mail, read another person's electronic mail, send chain letters, conduct commercial activities, violate copyright, etc.

Network and system administrators will do their best to maintain a robust and responsive network and ensure privacy to all users.

Please know, however, that privacy cannot be guaranteed. Network troubleshooting sometimes requires the capture and analysis of data packs, so no privacy should be assumed. Right to privacy is forfeited by engaging in an activity outlined above. The administrator of the system will employ any means necessary to prevent a breach of system security including disabling an account or collecting evidence by scanning the content files.

Violations to the responsible use guidelines will be pursued in accordance with established College practices, policies, and procedures. Such violation may result in loss of technology privileges and campus judicial charges.

Contact Information

For more information about Library and Information Services, please contact:

Holly Heller-Ross, Dean
Library and Information Services
SUNY Plattsburgh
2 Draper Avenue, Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Phone: (518) 564-5180
Fax: (518) 564-5100
Email: hellerhb@plattsburgh.edu