Acceptable Use and Privacy Policy

Acceptable Use

Campus computing facilities and network resources are provided for instructional and research purposes only.  Computing facilities are available to all registered students, faculty and staff, recognized organizations, and affiliated individuals.  Use of computing facilities for commercial purposes is forbidden.

Prohibited Activities

  • Using college computers and network services to harass or threaten other users.
  • Publicly displaying offensive or obscene messages.
  • Impersonating another user via electronic means.
  • Unauthorized access to any computer or network-based resource including, but not limited to, the reading, copying, manipulation or deletion of another user’s files and data.
  • The unauthorized duplication of software or other copyrighted material.
  • Introducing or utilizing any form of malicious software (including viruses, worms, spyware, and keyloggers).
  • Interfering with the operation of the college computer facilities by deliberately or inadvertently degrading or disrupting system performance, security, or administrative operations.
  • Operating a business using campus computing facilities.
  • Distributing mass mailings in support of political campaigning, advocacy, or endorsements (such as for national, state, local, or union offices or legislative changes).

We reserve the right to remove or block any computer/device or service from a computer/device that causes an inordinate strain on network and/or server resources – whether intentional or unintentional. This includes, but is not limited to, the spreading of spam or viruses; causing or participating in denial of service attacks; and any other activities which consume an excessive amount of bandwidth.  It is the responsibility of the user to ensure that his or her computer is patched for security vulnerabilities and free of viruses.

Users may be held accountable for the activities of their computer/device and any activities performed with the user’s New Paltz Computer User ID (NPCUID), also known as the Banner ID.

Privacy

The college will make every effort to respect the privacy of an individual’s files and emails.  The NPCUID/Banner ID are provided for your personal use and must not be shared.  Users are responsible for all activity associated with this account.  Users are expected to respect the privacy of others.  Any attempt to gain access to private information or passwords (via technological or social means) is prohibited. Any form of identity theft or the compromising of another individual’s personal information is strictly prohibited.

Users should be aware that there is no guarantee of privacy when using our facilities. Unencrypted network traffic might be intercepted, e-mails may be spoofed, etc.  The college reserves the right to monitor its network and servers in order to investigate performance or system problems.  This includes, but is not limited to, locating viruses or other harmful programs, gathering performance or usage statistics, verifying that college, student-owned computers and devices are in compliance with set policies.

The college, in coordination with law enforcement authorities, will investigate any violations of local, state and federal laws.  Access to student records information is governed by the Family and Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

The college is required under federal law known as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to respond to complaints from copyright holders about unauthorized distribution or use of copyrighted materials. Copyright violations committed by users may result in disciplinary sanctions against the user as required by law and local policy.  Click here for additional information about the SUNY New Paltz DMCA Policy.

Failure to comply with federal, state or local laws or any computer usage policies set forth by the college, could result in restriction or termination of access to services and the notification of law enforcement about possible criminal activities.

Range of Disciplinary Sanctions

Persons in violation of this policy are subject to a full range of sanctions, including, but not limited to, the loss of computer or network access privileges, disciplinary action, and separation from SUNY New Paltz.  Some violations may constitute criminal offenses, as defined by local, state, and federal laws.