Academic User Agreement

Information Technology Services (ITS) provides computing and networking services for Carleton students, faculty, and academic staff. As a user of ITS services, you have two basic rights—privacy, and a fair share of resources. In turn, you bear citizenship responsibilities to preserve these rights for your fellow computer users. This statement of rights and responsibilities is grounded in the community standards and policies outlined in the Carleton College student, faculty and staff handbooks.


All computer accounts and files belong to somebody.

Your Right:

Privacy. No one other than you may browse, access, copy or change your computer files without your authorization.

Your Responsibility:

To uphold your right to privacy and that of your fellow users by not allowing another individual to use your account, and by not using another person's account or attempting to gain access to their files without authorization.

Accessing others' files or monitoring their computer or network use -- except by computing staff for system maintenance or security purposes -- constitutes a violation of privacy. Ability to access a file does not grant permission to do so.

You are responsible for any use of your account; therefore, you need to take all reasonable precautions, including maintaining a secure password and always logging your account out, to prevent use of your account by others.


ITS and Internet services are community resources, available to all Carleton students, faculty and academic staff.

Your Right:

Fair access. No other user may deny, diminish or disrupt your access through any means, including:
  • intentionally, recklessly or negligently damaging equipment and other physical resources;
  • intentionally, recklessly or negligently attempting to degrade, disrupt, or damage computer system and network performance, software, data or data transmission;
  • unduly consuming computer, printer and network resources;
  • violating the privacy of your files and accounts;
  • masquerading as another user;
  • distributing material which violates applicable local, state, and federal laws;
  • distributing material which is demeaning or discriminatory via any electronic mail, bulletin board or other computer network facility;
  • making random or mass mailings; and
  • using resources for commercial or political purposes.

Your Responsibility:

To uphold the right to fair access of your fellow users by properly utilizing resources and avoiding any detrimental effect on the work of others.

Your use of the Carleton computer network must comply with all federal, Minnesota, and other applicable law; all applicable contracts and licenses; and College policies as articulated in the Student, Faculty and Staff Handbooks. These laws, contracts, licenses and policies include:

  • laws governing libel, privacy, copyright, trademark, obscenity, and child pornography;
  • the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which prohibits eavesdropping on network data;
  • the Computer Abuse Amendments Act, which prohibits spreading viruses or other harmful code;
  • the College's sexual harassment policy;
  • the College's non-profit status; and
  • all applicable software licenses.

Reports of violations of College policies will be referred to the appropriate judicial authority as specified in each College handbook.