Geneva College

 
Policy for Safe Student Computing

Revision 5, August 8, 2011

Attention Students,

Viruses, worms, and attacks from other computers have unfortunately become a part of everyday computing. To prevent a computer from being compromised and being used to attack other computers, each computer owner must exercise care to insure that all updates have been installed on the computer, and that an active, current virus scanner is installed on the computer. In an effort to provide the students living in the residence halls a more secure and virus-free computing environment, and to enable the students to connect to the network sooner at the beginning of the fall semester, the Administration of Geneva College has approved the following:

1.) It is the responsibility of each student to keep his or her computer current with all updates provided by the manufacturer of the operating system. If the operating system is current, it is less susceptible to attack and there is less opportunity for the computer to be used to attack other student computers. These updates must be maintained through the summer when the student is at home and through the school year. Students should check the manufacturers (Microsoft for Windows) site for updates at least once per week and if new critical updates or service packs are available they must be installed. If the student’s computer is not updated within two weeks of the release of the update(s) and he or she attempts to connect the computer to the network, the student will be in violation of this policy.

2.) It is the responsibility of each student to maintain a virus scanner that will receive updates through the school year to insure that when a new virus occurs, the student will receive the virus signature as part of his or her updates. The virus scanning software must also be maintained through the summer when the student is at home and must be configured to receive automatic updates from the manufacturer of the software. If the virus scanning software is not current and is not set to receive automatic updates and the student attempts to connect the computer to the network, he or she will be in violation of this policy.

3.) Technology Services, in conjunction with Student Development, is permitted to perform scheduled inspection of computers in the residence halls. Computers that do not have updates installed within two weeks of the release of the update or have virus-scanning software that is not current and set to receive automatic updates will be in violation of this policy.

4.) If the student’s computer is not current, it will be the student’s responsibility to call the Help Desk at x6789 to set up an appointment to get the computer up-to-date. The student will have to take the computer to SE 131 to have this service performed. It may take three weeks or longer to complete the appointment. THERE IS NO PENALTY FOR BRINGING A COMPUTER TO THE TECH SERVICES OFFICE TO BE UPDATED. WE DO NOT WANT YOU TO CONNECT A SUSPECT COMPUTER TO THE NETWORK.

5.) If the student does not maintain his or her computer’s operating system and virus scanning software as specified above in items 1, 2, 3, and 4, the student will be fined a minimum of $100 for the first offense and increasing fines and disciplinary action for future violations for failure to comply with this policy.


Note: If you are unable to update your computer or virus scanning software, do not connect to the network. Instead, call Tech Services at x6790 to set up an appointment to have the computer updated. This would include a computer you bought or that was bought for you but was not removed from the box during the summer.


http://www.geneva.edu/page/safe_computing.html

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