Lasell Acceptable Use of Information Technology Systems

Lasell College and Lasell Village (Lasell) maintains information technology and services which are essential to the mission of these organizations. All employees (including student employees), students and residents of Lasell College and Lasell Village, guests and affiliates of Lasell (Lasell Community) are obliged to use the information technology appropriately and lawfully and maintain the college's values of integrity, honesty, and ethical decision making.  Upon acceptance of your account information and agreement to follow these procedures, you will be granted access to Lasell's information technology.

Some departments on campus may have additional policies and procedures that apply to the use of information technology within those departments. In addition to this Acceptable Use of Information Technology Systems document, the use of these information technologies is governed by the Student and Employee Handbooks, Written Information Security Plan, Record Retention and Disposition Policy, and all other college policies and procedures.

These procedures apply to all users of information technology resources owned or managed by Lasell College and/or Lasell Village. Individuals covered by the document include (but are not limited to) Lasell full-time and adjunct faculty, staff, students, Lasell Village residents, guests or agents of the administration, external individuals and organizations accessing network services via Lasell College's information technology facilities.

Acceptable Use of Information Technology Systems

Standard 1: Network and Lasell Owned Computer Usage Standard

Standard 2: Electronic Communication and Social Network Usage

Standard 3: Responsible Copyright Standard

Music, programs, books, or other intellectual works that a person buys from a store or company usually are protected by a copyright. What this means is that the purchased work is meant for personal use only and that the buyer cannot copy it, hand it out, or make a profit from it. This is how writers, artists, and musicians protect their work and the profit that work will generate.

What a copyright law controls or states is that the author is the owner of the work and controls how it can be used. That includes the reproduction, distribution and public display of a work. In recent years with the development of the computer and an increase in the number of people who own them, there has also been an increase in the violation of copyrights with such things as movies, music, and computer software.

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act addresses these issues. This act also limits the liability of Internet Service Providers from the actions of its users who may be using their equipment to distribute copyrighted material. This means that if a record company or some other company wants to sue for a violation of copyright they will sue the user violating it and not the Internet Service Provider.

Lasell prohibits the use of its information technology to violate copyright. In addition to action by Lasell, copyright violators can be subject to criminal prosecution. Because Lasell is also classified as an Internet Service Provider, the Digital Millennium Act protects Lasell from legal actions. If a member of the Lasell community is caught in violation of copyright, he or she will be targeted by the record companies and the distributors, not Lasell.

Standard 4: BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Standard – Employees and Affiliates Only

Standard 5: Monitoring of Information Technology

Standard 6: Indemnification and Compliance