ST. JOHN’S SEMINARY COMPUTER USE POLICY
In support of their mission to prepare candidates for service as priests and lay ministers in the Roman Catholic Church, St. John’s Seminary (SJS) provides access to computing facilities and resources for students, faculty, and staff, within institutional priorities and financial capabilities.
This Computer Use Policy governs the use by students, faculty, and staff of all SJS operated computing equipment, resources, and systems, including privately owned equipment connected to the Intra/ Internet. It spells out the general principles, and offers some specific examples, of appropriate use of equipment, software, and networks.
All users of SJS operated computing facilities and resources are expected to comply with these guidelines. Violation(s) may result in revocation of computer privileges and/or disciplinary action, at the discretion of the Rector, and may subject the violator to civil and/or criminal liability under federal, state, and local laws.
RIGHTS & RESPONSIBILITIES
Access to and use of St. John’s Seminary’s computing facilities and resources is a privilege granted to SJS students, faculty, and staff. As such, SJS reserves the rights to limit, restrict, or extend that privilege.
Users must guard against abuses that disrupt or threaten the viability of all systems, including those at SJS and those on networks to which SJS systems are connected. Based on his or her judgement (which would include careful consideration of relevant laws and contractual obligations, the requestor’s need to know, the information’s sensitivity, and the risk of damage to or loss by SJS), a System Administrator may grant access to non-affiliated users.
Each SJS computing account is to be used only by the individual to whom the account is assigned, and for SJS-related activities for which it is assigned. To prevent unauthorized access, each user must keep his or her password secret.
All users of SJS-owned or -leased computing facilities and resources must respect the rights of other computing users, respect the integrity of the physical facilities, and respect all pertinent license and contractual agreements. Users must act in accordance with these responsibilities, relevant laws and contractual obligations, and the relevant faculty, staff and student standards of ethics.
SJS members assume full legal and moral responsibility for the content of their personal communications and Web sites. The views and opinions expressed are strictly those of the authors and do not constitute the official sanction of St. John’s Seminary. When communicating via, publishing to, or downloading from the Internet, users of SJS computing resources and systems are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that reflects well upon the Seminary.
Usage logs are automatically recorded by the system. SJS reserves the right to review those logs when a violation of this policy is suspected. In addition, users of St. John’s Seminary’s information systems are advised that their communications are subject to federal, state, and local laws and that the consequences of violations can be severe.
SJS is not responsible for loss of information due to computing misuse, malfunction of computing hardware, malfunction of computing software, or external contamination of data or programs. SJS will make every effort to ensure the integrity of its computer systems and the information stored thereon. However, users must be aware that no security or back-up system is foolproof.
St. John’s Seminary itself is the ultimate owner of information and files maintained on SJS computer systems, as subject to Archdiocesan intellectual property policies.
Nothing in these guidelines precludes enforcement under the laws and regulations of the State of California, any municipality or county therein, and/or the United States of America. Users must abide by all local, state and federal laws that pertain to communication and publishing. This includes laws of libel, slander, harassment, and copyright law.
If you use St. John’s Seminary’s computing resources or systems you have the following responsibilities.
If you are a System Administrator
(as defined below) you have additional responsibilities. Please see “System Administrator Guidelines.”
A System Administrator, as designated by the Rector, is any user who has the administrative and/or technical support responsibility for computers, networks or other information systems, including operation, configuration, troubleshooting, software, upgrades, maintenance, network connection, etc.