Internet Use (Procedure 7.0170)

Authority:F.S. Chapter 119; 1001.64; 1001.65
Date Adopted:09/15
Date of Review:08/16
Date of Revision:10/16
Related Policies:1.160; 7.010; 7.020; 7.050


The College has specific rules for accessing the Internet and expects all users including students, faculty, staff, and members of the general public, using the College’s Internet service to comply in all respects to institutional and external standards for appropriate use. To ensure compliance with these rules, the College may monitor traffic going out to the Internet without prior notice or consent.


Refer to College Procedure 7.0001 Information Technology and Resources – Glossary of Terms for definitions of terms used throughout this procedure. 


The College’s authorized Internet users shall have no expectation of privacy in anything they browse, send or receive when using the College’s Internet service

  1. Permitted Uses of the Internet:
    1. The Internet connection provided by the College is primarily for work-related or academic purposes.
    2. Occasional and reasonable personal use is permitted, provided that personal use should be kept to a minimum and should not interfere with the performance, productivity, or work duties and responsibilities.
    3. Users will observe professional and ethical guidelines, applicable federal or state laws, and any College procedures.
  2. Prohibited Uses of the Internet:
    Users will not use the College’s Internet to view, download, save, receive, or send material related to or including:
    1. Offensive content of any kind, including pornographic material.
    2. Promoting discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, pregnancy, national origin, ethnicity, age, sex, gender, veterans or military status, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, or any other protected factor.
    3. Threatening or violent behavior.
    4. Illegal activities.
    5. Commercial messages.
    6. Gambling of any form or type.
    7. Personal financial gain.
    8. Forwarding email chain letters.
    9. Spamming email accounts for College email services or machines.
    10. Material protected under copyright laws, including but not limited to MP3 music, movies, and other entertainment files.
    11. Sending or dispersing without authorization, College restricted, sensitive, or confidential data to students, employees, business associates, or anyone outside the College.

i This does not preclude the strict use for academic or pedagogic purpose of materials that some might deem to be offensive.

Recommended byExectutive TeamDate10/18/2016
Signed byPresident E. Ann McGeeDate10/26/2016