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Acceptable Use Agreements for Davidson College Networks


Davidson College maintains a campus network, both wired and wireless, to serve faculty, staff, and student computing needs. Permission to use the network may be granted only if the user adherences to this policy.


This purpose seeks to inform users of Davidson College networks of what constitutes acceptable use.


Access to the Davidson College campus network is limited to academic and administrative non-commercial uses only. Unauthorized Use of the network is strictly prohibited. Each user must comply with Davidson College regulations and all applicable federal, state, and local laws.

User responsibilities extend to the Electronic Resources on the network and to the network itself. All email and notices originating from an Electronic Resource and the security of individual devices on the network are the responsibility of the owner.

No Electronic Resource which is connected to the campus network may provide connections from outside of Davidson College onto the campus network without the authorization of Information Technology Services (ITS).

Packet capture devices or software may not be used except by personnel authorized by ITS to troubleshoot network problems.

ITS is not responsible for any hacker attempts, break-ins, viruses, spyware, malware, or other unauthorized activities.

No modifications to the network topology including retransmission of signals, extension of wiring, use of a network hub within my room/office, and the installation of a wireless access point or wireless hub may be made without permission from ITS.

ITS maintains a list of IP addresses, network address and hostname of any Electronic Resource connected to the system and may use this information at its sole discretion.

ITS reserves the right to disconnect any Electronic Resource at any time.


"Unauthorized Use" of the Davidson College network includes, but is not limited to the following illustrative examples: illegal or criminal activities; sending fraudulent electronic mail; sending excessive amounts of e-mail to a user (mail bombing); the unauthorized use, deletion or alteration of accounts or files belonging to other users; use, attempted use, or possession in one's account of programs intended to crash the system, fraudulently imitate system responses or gain unauthorized access to privileges, accounts, data, software or computers; harassing or intimidating others; interfering with the reasonable and normal use of the network by others; copying licensed proprietary software; or deliberately altering or damaging hardware or software in any way that would prevent or interfere with the intended use of the network by others.

"Electronic Resources" include, among other things: college-supplied telephones, cellular phones, pagers, PDAs, wireless communication devices, and voicemail facilities; college-supplied computers, fax machines, copiers and related equipment; college-supplied e-mail facilities; and college-supplied network access, including Internet and extranet facilities.

Administration of Policy

The executive director of ITS shall oversee this policy and review it at least once every two years. Changes to this policy shall be made in accordance with the college's Policy on Policies.

Information Technology Services maintains a list of supported hardware and software. There are no guarantees that nonstandard equipment can be made to work on the Davidson network.

Troubleshooting of any problems with the data jacks is the sole responsibility of ITS personnel. Servers and services may not be set up without the written authorization of ITS or outside of ITS data centers. ITS will monitor and may restrict as needed certain types of traffic.

In emergencies or for major maintenance, the network or segments of it may be removed from service at the discretion of ITS personnel.

ITS may immediately suspend network access privileges of anyone suspected of violating ITS policies. Upon violation of the terms of this agreement or ITS policies, ITS may permanently deny all future access privileges and network services. Anyone violating this agreement may also be subject to further disciplinary action by Davidson College and/or the Honor Council, as well as legal action by the proper authorities where violations of state or federal law are involved.