Concorde Career College provides students access to its computer network and Internet access for purposes directly related to education. Concorde reserves the right to monitor all usage of its computers and computer systems. This includes the monitoring of email and website access. The following practices are prohibited:
- Installing or executing unauthorized software. Using computers to copy copyrighted or licensed software.
- Using the network for commercial purposes. Users may not buy or sell products or services through the system without prior consent of the corporate network administrator.
- Using the network for advertising or political lobbying.
- Accessing websites, newsgroups, or chat areas that contain material that is sexually related, obscene, or that promotes illegal acts. If a user accidentally accesses this type of information, he or she should immediately notify an instructor, the Learning Resource Center Coordinator, and/or network administrator.
- Using the network for any activity or to transmit any material that violates federal, state, or local laws. This includes, but is not limited to, illegal activities, such as threatening the safety of another person or peer-to-peer file sharing of copyrighted materials.
- Using vulgar, derogatory, or obscene language. Users may not engage in personal attacks, harass another person, or post private information about another person.
- Logging on to another person’s account or attempting to access another user’s files, with or without that person’s permission.
- “Hacking” or otherwise trying to gain access to another person’s or organization’s computer system.
- Engaging in “spamming” (sending an email to more than 10 people at the same time) or participation in chain letters.
- Intentionally damaging any computer hardware or software.
Computer and network resources are of significant value, and their abuse can have a negative effect on other users. Noncompliance with this policy may result in loss of computer and network privileges, suspension, and/or withdrawal from school.
Social Media Use Policy
This policy addresses the use of social media sites by Concorde students, whether or not the use involves the College’s WiFi network or other computer resources. Social media includes, but is not limited to: texting, blogs and social media platforms such as Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, Flickr, and Yammer.
Concorde is aware that members of the College community may wish to express their personal ideas, thoughts, and opinions through their private social media accounts (not administered by the College). Nevertheless, Concorde students are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times. Concorde reserves the right, under circumstances it deems appropriate and subject to applicable laws and regulations, to impose disciplinary measures. Such disciplinary measures include dismissal from the College for students who use social media in violation of the guidelines in this policy, in ways that reflect poorly on the College, or interferes with the education of other students and/or the operation of the College. In appropriate cases, the conduct may also be reported to law enforcement authorities.
In connection with the use of social media, the conduct listed below is prohibited:
- Using social media to harass, threaten, insult, defame or bully another person or entity.
- Making threats of injury to any student, patient, member of faculty or staff, or officer or board member, including threats concerning their respective family members or personal property.
- Making comments that insult, disparage, disrespect or defame the College or members of the Concorde community.
- Making discriminatory or harassing comments that violate federal or state law and/or would be prohibited by Concorde’s anti-discrimination / anti-harassment policy and/or Title IX policy.
- Violating any intellectual property law, such as copyright, trademark, fair use and/or financial disclosure law.
- Posting or sharing copyrighted content (such as text, video, graphics or sound files) without permission from the holder of the copyright.
- Posting or sharing trademarked content (such as logos, names, brands, symbols and designs) without permission from the trademark owner. The “®” symbol indicates that the mark is federally registered and the owner has the exclusive right to use it. The “TM and SM” symbols indicate that the owner may have common-law rights, but the mark is not federally registered.
- Posting or sharing, a photograph or video image of a student, faculty or staff member without obtaining their permission.
- Posting or sharing a photograph or video of a patient or volunteer that would violate the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
- Posting images or comments which are vulgar or obscene, or would otherwise violate any applicable law.
For any questions regarding this policy, contact your Campus President.