Student Computer Policies



Student Computer Use Guidelines

The following are guidelines that are offered to supplement and help clarify the Clark College Student Computing Resources Policy.

Suspension of Privileges
The following are some examples of activities that will result in the suspension of your computing privileges at Clark:

Don't use Clark College computing facilities to view or download materials containing nudity or pornography. Material of this type is offensive to many people and is not acceptable at Clark. Furthermore, the definition of pornography is not open for debate. If a student inadvertently accesses material containing nudity/pornography, the student should promptly exit the application and inform the instructor or Lab Assistant of the error.

Exception #1–It is permissible to use College computing facilities to view/download materials that contain nudity for authorized study and research in the areas of art, health, and science. It is the student's responsibility to exercise good judgment when deciding whether or not the material is appropriate. When in doubt, ask a Lab Assistant.

Exception #2–If a student wishes to pursue scholarly research or study on Internet pornography or other potentially offensive topics using College computing resources, the student must obtain a letter from an instructor describing the proposed research and learning objectives. The letter is to be forwarded to the Director of IT Services. The College will provide an appropriate setting where the student may conduct the research. In no case shall research of this type be conducted in College computer labs.

Discrimination / Harassment
The use Clark College computing resources to harass or discriminate against any individual or group of individuals, whether part of the Clark community or not, will not be tolerated.

Fraudulent Activity
Forging electronic messages or engaging in fraudulent activity of any kind will result in the loss of your computing privileges.

Students who are caught hacking or attempting to hack Clark College computing resources, or any other computer system by way of the Clark College network will lose their computing privileges and possibly face disciplinary and criminal action. Hacking includes, but is not limited to, activities such as gaining unauthorized access to data, files, or directories; unauthorized examination, alteration, creation, or deletion of data, files, or directories; executing password cracking programs; unauthorized use of another user's account; unauthorized use of protocol analyzers or "sniffers"; spamming; sending e-mail bombs; and infecting computer systems with a virus or similar program.

Destruction of Property
Students who willfully or through anger damage or destroy state property will lose their computing privileges, and face disciplinary action.

Failure to Obey the Instructions of a Lab Assistant or Instructor
Computer labs are staffed by student employees who are there to help other students and to operate the labs in accordance with College policy. Students are expected to follow the instructions of the Lab Assistants whether or not they agree with the instructions. If a student disagrees with a Lab Assistant or has other concerns or comments, the student may contact the Lab Manager. Outbursts, verbal abuse, harassment, or threats will not be tolerated.


Student Computing Resources Policy




It is the policy of the College to maintain access for its students to local, national, and international sources of information and to provide an atmosphere that encourages access to knowledge and the sharing of information. It is expected that College computing resources will be used by students with respect for the public trust through which they have been provided and in accordance with policy and regulations established by the College.





In this policy, computing resources are defined as those computers, computer software, networks, and electronic messaging systems (e-mail, voice mail, facsimile and imaging systems) operated by or for the benefit of the students of the College. The use of these resources is a privilege, not a right. It is the student's responsibility to use these resources in a manner that is efficient, ethical and legal.

Students shall strictly adhere to both the letter and spirit of this policy which is provided to insure a predictable, secure computing environment for all users. Failure to comply with the regulations set forth in this policy may result in loss of access to College computing resources and administrative, civil and criminal action under Washington State or federal law.



General Provisions





Students are prohibited from using Clark College computing resources to engage in the unauthorized use and/or distribution of copyrighted material, including peer-to-peer file sharing of music, video, and other digital content. Students who violate College policy or federal copyright/patent law are subject to disciplinary action, and civil or criminal penalties. It is the responsibility of the student to be informed about copyright/patent law. For more information on intellectual property rights, copyright law, College policies, and Internet sites where music and video can be legally downloaded, visit the Clark College Web site at




External Networks and Computing Resources


Students who use College computing resources to access external networks and computing resources agree to comply with the policies of those external networks and computing resources. Specifically, you agree to comply with the K-20 Network Conditions of Use and Acceptable Use Policies.





Pursuant to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2510 and following, notice is hereby given that there are no facilities provided by Clark College for sending or receiving confidential messages. Users must be aware that electronic messaging systems may not be secure from unauthorized access and should not be used to deliver confidential information.

Authorized College staff, with due regard for the right of privacy of students and the confidentiality of their data, have the right to suspend or modify access to computing resources, examine files, passwords, printouts, tapes, and any other material which may aid in the investigation of possible abuse. Students are expected to cooperate in such investigations when requested to do so. Failure to cooperate in investigations of possible abuse is grounds for discipline that includes suspension of access to computing resources, suspension from classes, and/or dismissal from school.





The College accepts NO RESPONSIBILITY for any damage to or loss of data arising directly from or incident to the use of Clark College computing resources, or for any consequential loss or damage therefrom. It makes representation of NO WARRANTY, express or implied, regarding the computing resources offered, or their fitness for any particular use or purpose. The College's liability in the event of any loss or damage shall be LIMITED TO THE FEES AND CHARGES, IF ANY, PAID TOTHE COLLEGE for the use of the computing resources which resulted in said loss or damage.





Enforcement of the provisions of this policy lies with the Director of Information Technology Services in accordance with the provisions of the Clark College Code of Student Conduct (WAC 132N-121).



Agreement to Comply


Students implicitly acknowledge, by continued use of computing resources, their agreement to comply with all published policies governing the use of College computing resources.