Policies and Procedures Manual: Use of University Technological and Information Resources

Category: Internet Usage Policies School: Boston College Statement Rating: Red Last updated: September 22, 2017

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Users are to exercise caution and good judgment if there is a reasonable expectation that accessed material may be considered objectionable by some. Such material is to be accessed in a private environment and in a manner that will not negatively affect those who may deem it objectionable or offensive. Public workstations (i.e., those in open offices, laboratories, the libraries, and other public places) are not to be used to access such material, hard copies are not to be directed to public printers, and potentially offensive material is not to be forwarded to others without their consent. The use of potentially offensive language in the text of network messages or to identify technological resources is prohibited. The use of University technological resources for creating or sending nuisance, harassing, or obscene materials or messages is also prohibited. Moreover, users of network resources are prohibited from engaging in any activity that is proscribed by federal and/or state law.

Communications from members of the University community are to reflect mutual respect, civility, and other moral standards. The use of obscene or intolerant language, and the use of similarly offensive graphic or video images, clearly violate these standards and are considered inappropriate for electronic and all other forms of University discourse. The determination of what is obscene, offensive, or intolerant is within the sole discretion of the University.

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