The Maricopa County Community College District provides its students and
employees wide access to information resources and technologies. With
the advent of new forms of technology, Maricopa has recognized that the
free exchange of opinions and ideas essential to academic freedom is furthered
by making technological resources more accessible.
At Maricopa, technological resources are shared by its users; misuse of
these resources by some users infringes upon the opportunities of all
the rest. As Maricopa is a public institution of higher education, however,
the proper use of those resources is all the more important. That Maricopa
makes its technology available for educational purposes requires users
to observe Constitutional and other legal mandates whose aim is to safeguard
equipment, networks, data and software that are acquired and maintained
with public funds.
Computing resources (including, but not limited to, desktop and laptop
systems, printers, central computing facilities, District-wide or college-wide
networks, local-area networks, access to the Internet, electronic mail
and similar electronic information) of the Maricopa County Community College
District are available only to authorized users, and any use of those
resources is subject to these Standards. All users of Maricopa's computing
resources are presumed to have read and understood the Standards. While
the Standards govern use of computing resources District-wide, an individual
community college or center may establish guidelines for computing resource
usage which supplement (but do not replace or waive) these Standards.
Use of Maricopa's computing resources, including websites created by employees,
is limited to educational, research, service, operational, and management
purposes of the Maricopa County Community College District and its member
It is not Maricopa's practice to monitor the content of electronic mail
transmissions, files, or other data maintained in its computing resources.
The maintenance, operation and security of Maricopa's computing resources,
however, require that network administrators and other authorized personnel
have access to those resources and, on occasion, review the content of
data and communications maintained there. A review may be performed exclusively
by persons expressly authorized for such purpose and only for cause. To
the extent possible in the electronic environment and in a public setting,
a user's privacy will be honored. Nevertheless, that privacy is subject
to Arizona's public records laws and other applicable state and federal
laws, as well as policies of Maricopa's Governing Board all of which may
supersede a user's interests in maintaining privacy in information contained
in Maricopa's computing resources.
Frequently, access to Maricopa's computing resources can be obtained only
through use of a password known exclusively to the user. It is the user's
responsibility to keep a password confidential. While Maricopa takes reasonable
measures to ensure network security, it cannot be held accountable for
unauthorized access to its computing resources by other users, both within
and outside the Maricopa community. Moreover, it cannot guarantee users
protection against loss due to system failure, fire, etc.
Much of the data contained in Maricopa records that are accessible through
use of computing resources is confidential under state and federal law.
That a user may have the technical capability to access confidential records
does not necessarily mean that such access is authorized. A user of Maricopa's
computing resources is prohibited from the unauthorized access to, or
dissemination of, confidential records.
Maricopa personnel are discouraged from offering advice to Maricopa employees
regarding personal, non-job-related use, maintenance or repair of any
computer equipment or software that belongs to such employees. Maricopa
can assume no responsibility for any result from such advice.
Violation of any provision of the Standards could result in immediate
termination of a user's access to Maricopa's computing resources, as well
as appropriate disciplinary action. A violation of the Standards should
be reported immediately to the appropriate administrator.
following is prohibited conduct in the use of Maricopa's computing resources:
Posting to the network, downloading or transporting any material that
would constitute a violation of Maricopa County Community College District
Unauthorized attempts to monitor another user's password protected data
or electronic communication, or delete another user's password protected
data, electronic communications or software, without that person's permission.
Installing or running on any system a program that is intended to or
is likely to result in eventual damage to a file or computer system.
Performing acts that would unfairly monopolize computing resources to
the exclusion of other users, including (but not limited to) unauthorized
installation of server system software.
Hosting a website through the use of Maricopa's computing resources
without the use of "maricopa.edu" in its URL. If an institution
owns additional domain names, those services should directly reroute
visitors to a "maricopa.edu" domain and not host web pages
Use of computing resources for non-Maricopa commercial purposes.
Use of software, graphics, photographs, or any other tangible form of
expression that would violate or infringe any copyright or similar legally-recognized
protection of intellectual property rights.
Activities that would constitute a violation of any policy of Maricopa's
Governing Board, including (but not limited to) Maricopa's non-discrimination
policy and its policy against sexual harassment.
Transmitting, storing, or receiving data, or otherwise using computing
resources in a manner that would constitute a violation of state or
federal law, including (but not limited to) obscenity, defamation, threats,
harassment, and theft.
Attempting to gain unauthorized access to a remote network or remote
Exploiting any computing resources system by attempting to prevent or
circumvent access, or using unauthorized data protection schemes.
Performing any act that would disrupt normal operations of computers,
workstations, terminals, peripherals, or networks.
Using computing resources in such a way as to wrongfully hide the identity
of the user or pose as another person.
Faculty, Staff and Student Personal Website Standards
Faculty, staff and students may use Maricopa's computing resources for
development of personal websites as a learning tool. Use of Maricopa's
resources for this purpose is a privilege, not a right. The development
and maintenance of such a website is subject to the following Faculty,
Staff and Student Personal Website Standards, as well as the General Standards
for Use of Maricopa's Computing Resources:
The author of a website may not use the site to advertise personal services,
whether or not for financial gain, nor for any commercial purpose.
A website may not be created in such a way as to allow any person unauthorized
access to Maricopa's computing resources.
The author of a website is solely responsible for the contents of the
site. The home page of a personal website must display, or link to,
the following disclaimer in a conspicuous manner:
"This site is authored and maintained by [name of author]. It
is not an official website of the Maricopa County Community College
District, and Maricopa is not responsible for the contents of this site."
does not endorse the contents of any personal website. It is solely
the author's responsibility to ensure that the personal website comply
with all relevant Standards, as well as state and federal law, and any
relevant policy of Maricopa's Governing Board.
discovery of a violation of any relevant Standard, Maricopa may unilaterally
delete a personal website from its computing resources and terminate
the author's access to those resources.
in the Spring 1999 Edition of In Brief