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Information Technology Use Policies

Andover Newton Theological School offers computing and Internet resources in support of the School's mission to pursue the highest standards of learning, research, and instruction for the sake of the life, worship, and witness of the whole church. Included in these resources are computers in administrative and faculty offi ces and the student lab connected through the LAN (Local Area Network), network printers, proprietary software licensed for use on School computers, e-mail, access to Internet resources, and access to databases and other electronic educational resources through computers in Trask Library.

The use of these resources is a privilege, not a right of membership in the ANTS community, and is nontransferable. It is intended solely for the administrative and educational purposes of the ANTS community. These privileges are only made available to current students, faculty, and staff of ANTS. Public Internet access for research purposes is also available in the library.

State and Federal laws as well as Andover Newton's own offi cial School Policies govern use of the School's computing resources. In instances where data is transferred across the Internet or other networks, users are advised that acceptable use policies of those other networks may limit usage.

Andover Newton reserves the right to change its usage policy and procedures at any time, including setting limits or prohibiting access. ANTS' Computer Services is administered by the Information Technology Department under the direction of Vice President for Finance and Operations.

User Responsibilities

Users agree as a condition of use to accept personal responsibility for considerate, ethical and responsible behavior in using available resources including:

  • Respect for the rights of others including privacy and freedom from offensive intrusion.
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  • Adhering to all applicable copyright laws and licenses, copying only software distributed as "freeware" or "shareware." Infringement of copyright laws may subject persons to fines and/or imprisonment.
  • Understanding and implementing basic user skills.
  • Ensuring account and network security, particularly through the periodic change of account passwords.
  • Backing up all very significant data regularly. ANTS assumes no liability for lost or corrupted data that is unretrievable from hard drives.

Unacceptable Use

Unacceptable use includes but is not limited to:

  • Use of resources for commercial purposes of any type.
  • Transferring use to another individual or organization without prior approval of the Systems Manager or Network Administrator.
  • Unsolicited advertising.
  • Promoting or procuring pornography.
  • Creating, sending, or forwarding electronic chain letters.
  • Harassment of others.
  • Violation of State and/or Federal Laws or ANTS' policies.
  • Misrepresenting your identity and/or account.
  • Creating and/or willfully disseminating computer viruses.

Security

Security of technology and data is an issue that ANTS takes very seriously. The school will take all necessary measures, within the limit of available resources, to ensure the security and integrity of the system.

In the event of system failure due to corrupt files, users are advised that monitoring of data may be necessary to maintain proper operation of the system. In such an event the owner of the files will be provided notice whenever possible. Be advised that due to the proliferation of hackers, one can never be guaranteed complete privacy of individual files.

Software and Hardware Issues

The Information Technology Department will make every effort to ensure the functionality of standard network hardware and software. We may need to disable hardware or software that is incompatible with network resources.

Under no circumstances will software programs or CDs be permitted to be downloaded or placed on the network or workstations without signed permission of the Systems Manager or the Network Administrator. Deletion may be made without prior notice.

Updated June 24, 2005