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THICS

All users of Internet via Hardin-Simmons University’s agreement with our Internet Service

Provider (ISP) must agree to observe and follow the policies listed below. FAILURE TO

FOLLOW THESE POLICIES COULD RESULT IN THE LOSS OF ACCESS PRIVILEGES

WITH NO REFUND.

The following guidelines and policies do not cover all possible situations and problems; they have,

however, been developed in an attempt to prevent problems. Please, for your sake, the protection

of your access rights, the protection of HSU, and the protection/continued access via our ISP, ask

about any questionable situations which are not covered by these guidelines and policies before

acting.

Purpose

To enhance educational opportunities for HSU students, faculty, and staff with access to the

Internet for educational purposes only.

Access Codes/Passwords

Access is based on per user system, meaning that your password and access are for you only.

Allowing others to use your access may result in your losing access privileges.

Posting Information/Messages on the Internet

Your access may also be revoked if you:

1.

Post any pornographic messages, images, etc. (It is a FEDERAL OFFENSE)

2.

Post or send threatening, harassing, sexually explicit, or intentionally embarrassing

messages.

3.

Use email for business purposes, i.e., “for profit” ventures.

4.

Initiate or participate in chain letters or pyramid schemes.

5.

Use email for purposes other than educational.

Certainly email is one of the most attractive features of the Internet, and we would like for you to

feel free to utilize email fully. Please exercise courtesy to others and use email for educationally

related purposes only.

Ownership of Email

Hardin-Simmons University owns any messages sent or received through access provided by HSU.

While mail sent via the U.S. postal system is considered private and confidential, the same is not

currently true of email. According to federal law, if you post email messages on a service provided

by someone else, they can and do hold the right to inspect, alter, or otherwise control such

messages. Please understand that it is not the intent of HSU to “snoop” in your email messages,

censor you, or resort to other such repressive measures. Please remember that HSU could be

ultimately held responsible for the messages you may send or receive.

Hacking or Interference with other Computer Systems

Automatic and immediate suspension of your access will occur if it is determined that you (or

anyone using your access) have attempted or succeeded in changing other programs, have gained

unauthorized access to other data or databases, or have changed any information in any database

or format for which you are not authorized (keep any written authorizations for your protection).

Viruses

Automatic and immediate suspension of your access will occur if it is determined that you (or

anyone using your access) have attempted or succeeded in creating, participating, or intentionally

promulgating any virus or other destructive or interfering programs, files, or commands.

Illegal Activity

Use of access for any illegal activity may result in the loss of access and in criminal prosecution.