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IT Policy

Computer Use At Gateway Community College

Acceptable Use Policy    Gateway Community College's computer resources are to be used for academic computing purposes relevant to coursework, either in credit or non-credit courses offered by the college or one of our associated community colleges. We ask that you adhere to the following procedures:

Acceptable Uses

  • Use of the account by the authorized owner for authorized purposes, including Banner accounts
  • Use of computer resources in a manner that respects the rights of others
  • Use of the network in an appropriate manner, representative of the Gateway community.

Unacceptable Uses

  • Use of any computer resource for commercial or for-profit purposes
  • Deliberate damaging or physically misusing equipment
  • No food or drinks are allowed in labs or at library workstations
  • No person shall download or distribute software from the Internet to be used on computers without the prior consent of the Information Technology department. Examples of such downloads are screen savers, wallpapers, games, webcams, shareware/freeware programs, and music and streaming video that is not course related
  • Users are not permitted to engage in chat-rooms, instant messaging, or threaded discussions on the Internet unless they are for legitimate academic use
  • Violations of federal and state law, including copyright regulations
  • The viewing, downloading, or printing of sexually graphic or suggestive materials can be grounds for disciplinary action for sexual harassment, including inappropriate text files or files dangerous to the integrity of the local or wide area network
  • Installing, deleting, and/or altering computer software on any computer without authorization from the Information Technology department and proper license
  • Use of network for political lobbying
  • Hate mail, harassment, discriminatory remarks and other anti-social behaviors
  • The deliberate waste of computer resources that unfairly monopolizes resources to the exclusion of others
  • The Information Technology department will periodically monitor computers in all areas of the college. Violation of this computer use policy may result in disciplinary action, including loss of computer privileges.

Gateway Community College is a part of the Connecticut Community College system and is governed by the policies set forth by the Board of Trustees.

Policy Documents


BOT policies may be found at the following webpages: