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If you have any questions about what times or sites are acceptable after reviewing the Acceptable Use Guidelines, please ask your supervisor BEFORE using the Internet.

Internet Usage - Revised 5/22/99 

Internet access to global electronic information resources on the World Wide Web is provided by your employer to assist employees in obtaining work-related data and technology.  The following guidelines have been established to help ensure responsible and productive Internet usage.  While Internet usage in intended for job-related activities, incidental and occasional brief personal use is permitted within reasonable limits after scheduled work hours.

All Internet data that is composed, transmitted, or received via our computer communications systems is considered to be part of the official records of your employer and, as such, is subject to disclosure to law enforcement or other third parties.  Consequently, employees should always ensure that the business information contained in Internet e-mail messages and other transmissions is accurate, appropriate, ethical, and lawful.

The equipment, services, and technology provided to access the Internet remain at all times the property of your employer.  As such, your employer reserves the right to monitor Internet  traffic, and retrieve and read any data composed, sent, or received through our online connections and stored in out computer systems.

Data that is composed, transmitted, accessed, or received via the Internet must not contain content that could be considered discriminatory, offensive, obscene, threatening, harassing, intimidating, or disruptive to any employee or other person.  Examples of unacceptable content may include, but are not limited to, sexual comments or images, racial slurs, gender-specific comments, or any other comments or images that could reasonably offend someone on the basis of race, age, sex, religious or political beliefs, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law.

The unauthorized use, installation, copying, or distribution of copyrighted, trademarked, or patented material on the Internet is expressly prohibited.  As a general rule, if an employee did not create material, does not own the rights to it, or has not gotten authorization or its use, it should not be put on the Internet.  Employees are also responsible for ensuring that the person sending any material over the Internet has the appropriate distribution rights.

To ensure a virus-free environment, no files may be downloaded from the Internet without prior authorization.

Abuse of the Internet access provided by your employer in violation of law or company policies will result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.  Employees , may also be held personally liable for any violations of this policy.  The following behaviors are examples of previously stated or additional actions and activities that are prohibited and can result in disciplinary action:

bulletSending or posting discriminatory, harassing, or threatening messages or images
bulletUsing the organization's time and resources for personal gain
bulletStealing, using, or disclosing someone else's code or password without authorization
bulletCopying, pirating, or downloading software and electronic files without permission
bulletSending or pasting confidential material, trade secrets, or proprietary information outside the organization
bulletViolating copyright law
bulletEngaging in unauthorized transactions that may incur a cost to the organization or initiate unwanted Internet services and transmissions
bulletSending or posting messages or material that could damage the organization's image or reputation
bulletParticipating the the viewing or exchange of pornography or obscene materials
bulletSending or posting messages that defame of slander other individuals
bulletAttempting to break in to the computer system of another organization or person
bulletRefusing to cooperate with a security investigation
bulletSending or posting chain letters, solicitation, or advertisements not related to business purposes or activities
bulletUsing the Internet for political causes or activities, religious activities, or any sort of gambling
bulletJeopardizing the security of the organization's electronic communications systems
bulletSending pro posting messages that disparage another organization's products or services
bulletPassing off personal views as representing those of the organization
bulletSending anonymous e-mail messages
bulletEngaging in any other illegal activities

If you have any questions about what times or sites are acceptable after reviewing the Acceptable Use Guidelines, please ask your supervisor BEFORE using the Internet.


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