SENECA COLLEGE IT ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY

Purpose

This Policy outlines the underlying principles and rules that govern the use of Seneca's Information Technology (IT) Resources.

Scope

This policy governs the use of "IT Resources", which include IT services (e.g. wireless connection, e-mail, voice mail, printing, etc.), facilities and equipment that Seneca owns, operates, or sources from external parties for the use of employees, students and others. All information stored in any form on IT Resources (e.g., in documents, video streams, audio recordings, etc.) and all communications transmitted in any manner using IT Resources are governed by this Policy.

This Policy also governs the use of social networking by employees, under Seneca's Social Media Policy for Seneca-Affiliated Accounts (Social Media Policy) and other applicable employee-focused policies, and by students, under Seneca's Student Code of Conduct.

Key Definitions

IT Services Facilitates the use of technology, including but not limited to all services provided relating to Internet connection, e-mail, voicemail and printing.
IT Resources IT services, facilities and equipment Seneca owns, operates, or sources from external parties for the use of employees, students and others.
Personal Computing Device Any computer device owned by an individual, including a laptop, smartphone, handheld device or tablet computer.
Social Networking Any forms of online presences or publications including, but not limited to, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, blogs, wikis, etc. that provide a platform for individuals to engage in networking activities, or publish information on the Internet.
Social messaging or chat applications including, but not limited to, WhatsApp, iMessage, SMS, MMS, etc. that are built around social networking platforms are within scope.

Policy

1. General

1.1 Policy Statement

"It is the Policy of Seneca College that all members of the Seneca Community (employees, students and others affiliated with Seneca) are responsible for complying with provincial and federal laws and regulations and Seneca Policy in using Seneca's IT Resources. Seneca's IT Resources are the sole property of Seneca College. Seneca College grants students, clients and employees access to its IT Resources to further learning, teaching, research and working.

In general, any use of Seneca's IT Resources for personal commercial or financial gain or for political causes is considered to be a conflict of interest and in violation of this Policy and Seneca's Conflict of Interest Policy, unless the employee/student making such use has filed a disclosure of conflict statement to Seneca as per the procedure listed in Seneca's Conflict of Interest Policy and received formal approval from Seneca to engage in such use.

The use of Seneca's IT Resources to engage in activities that violate the Copyright Act, Seneca's Copyright Policy and Fair Dealing Policy for Copyright-Protected Work is strictly prohibited. Further, any use of Seneca's IT Resources which may violate a person's right to work and study in an environment free from discrimination/ harassment is strictly prohibited. There may be circumstances in which it is acceptable for an individual to seek out information that might otherwise be considered offensive, provided it is done in accordance with Seneca's Academic Freedom Policy and does not contravene applicable federal and provincial laws and all other Seneca policies as they apply.

Users of Seneca's IT Resources are responsible for abiding by the Information Technology Acceptable Use Policy (ITAUP)."

1.2 Document Disposal

This document is made freely available for public viewing. There are no special requirements on how the document shall be disposed of.

2. Policy Requirements

Anyone using Seneca IT Resources must comply with all applicable federal and provincial laws, the specific rules set out in this Policy and all other Seneca policies as they apply. Please refer to the "Related Policies/Procedures" and "Related Materials" for a non-exhaustive list of applicable laws and Seneca policies that may govern the use of IT Resources.

2.1 General Use

Use of IT Resources is primarily for academic learning, teaching, research or working purposes. Seneca permits limited personal use of IT Resources on the conditions listed below in the "Acceptable" section. Please note that personal use is subject to Seneca's right of access that is described in section 2.5 below. Individuals who wish to engage in personal use with an expectation of privacy should use a personal computing device without using Seneca's IT Resources.

Acceptable Unacceptable

It's a violation of Seneca's policy to:

2.2 E-mail Communications

All E-mails created or transmitted on IT Resources must comply with the rules for use of Seneca IT Resources set out above.

2.3 Social Networking

The use of IT Resources to engage in social networking and publish information on the internet is subject to all the rules set out above. In addition to the Social Media Policy (that governs the use of social networking by employees) and the Student Code of Conduct (that governs student use of social media), Seneca prohibits the following activities:

Note that publishing information on social networking that can only be accessed by a limited number of people is still "publishing" under this Policy.

2.4 Personal Computing Devices

Students, employees and others may connect personal computing devices (e.g., laptops, handheld devices, tablet computers or similar devices) to Seneca's network. However, use of personal computing devices on Seneca's network is subject to all the rules for use of Seneca IT Resources set out above and is subject to Seneca's right of access, described in section 2.5 below. Seneca may, when necessary to an ongoing lawful investigation, ask to examine relevant information in a personal device and make copies of relevant information. Individuals who deny Seneca access may face consequences (section 2.5) for failing to cooperate.

2.5 Enforcement, Privacy and Consequences of Policy Violations

Employees, students and clients are responsible for reporting all suspected infractions of this Policy to the IT Security and Compliance Office at itso@senecacollege.ca or the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Seneca may access and use all information and data stored on and communicated through its IT Resources for lawful purposes, including to facilitate work in an employee's absence, to conduct routine technical administration, to routinely audit system use, to investigate suspicions of improper system use and other misconduct and to comply with legal obligations. Individuals who engage in personal use of Seneca IT Resources are deemed to accept that Seneca has this right of access and may raise no expectation of privacy that prevents Seneca from accessing and using information and data for its legitimate purposes.

When it suspects a Policy violation, Seneca may restrict access to IT Resources pending completion of an investigation. When it finds a Policy violation, Seneca will exercise its rights to take appropriate disciplinary action including, but not limited to,

In addition to internal sanctions that may impact on a student's academic eligibility or employee's employment, Seneca may report suspected violations of the law to law enforcement and will cooperate with any resulting police investigation. Seneca is not responsible for sanctions imposed on individuals by law enforcement pursuant to such reports.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT the IT Security and Compliance Office at itso@senecacollege.ca or the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Information Technology Acceptable Use

Related Policies/Procedures

  1. Seneca's Academic Policy
  2. Seneca's Academic Freedom Policy
  3. Seneca's Conflict of Interest Policy
  4. Seneca's Copyright Policy
  5. Seneca's Information Technology Acceptable Use Policy
  6. Seneca's Discrimination & Harassment Policy
  7. Seneca's Fair Dealing for Copyright-Protected Work Policy
  8. Seneca's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Policy
  9. Seneca's Personal Safety/Security Threats Policy
  10. Seneca's Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence Policy
  11. Seneca's Social Media for Seneca-Affiliated Accounts Policy
  12. Seneca's Student Code of Conduct

Related Materials

  1. Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
  2. Copyright Act
  3. Criminal Code
  4. Human Rights Code (Ontario)
  5. Occupational Health and Safety Act
  6. Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005
  7. Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation
  8. Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act
  9. Internet Service Provider Acceptable Use Policy
  10. Personal Health Information Protection Act
  11. Seneca's Collective Agreements: Academic and Support Staff

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