Student Computing Clusters

SCC Policy Enforcement

Any offense committed by an SCC user can be placed in one of two categories. The first are those offenses that violate Federal, State, Local law, or an existing university policy, and the second are those that violate SCC policies only.

Offenses in the first category are quite serious. These would include, but are not limited to stealing SCC hardware or software, using SCC systems to break into other computer systems or networks, using SCC systems for threatening or harassment, and deliberately attempting to damage systems or limit others access to these systems. These offenses will immediately be handed over to the Judicial Programs office, since that is the organization responsible for enforcing these policies.

The second category are not quite as serious, but still very important to us at the SCCs. Offenses in this category would violate only SCC policies and include items such as unauthorized software installation, bringing food and drink into the clusters, game playing, or feeding your own paper into our printers.

These offenses are common, and first time offenders will receive an e-mail warning , explaining the policy, why the policy is important, and that any future violations will result in a loss of their privileges. It also gives a phone number and e-mail address they can use if they believe they received the message in error or if they have any questions.

For the second, and any future offenses, the student receives a message (in both electronic and paper form sent to their local address), again explaining the policy, that this is their second offense, and that their account has been suspended for two weeks. They are also given the date their account will be reinstated. It should be noted that this suspension only applies to SCC PCs and Macintosh computers. It does not change the status of their CIS Unix accounts.