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 Campus Handbook.

During Spring Term 2020, Carleton became part of a global transition to online learning in response to COVID-19. Even when Carleton community members are not present in person, this Academic Agreement continues to be in effect. You are expected to conduct yourself in the same manner as you would if you were taking the class in-person. If the digital environment introduces questions about how to apply this user agreement, academic social contracts, Community Standards, or Carleton’s FERPA responsibilities, please contact Janet Scannell, Chief Technology Officer, and Carolyn Livingston, Vice President and Dean of Students.  

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.

Your account grants access to substantial personal, and institutional, resources, and you are responsible for keeping it safe.  Use a hard-to-guess password.  Log out of your account if you are in a public place.  Don't share your credentials online or offline with anyone else, including children, spouses, and parents.

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, discriminatory or private via any social media sites (public or private), text messaging, bulletin board, email or other methods;
  • 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 or lives 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 Campus Handbook. 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 the Campus Handbook.