Technology Use Policy

The use of technology on campus is intended to support the mission of UGST in providing an excellent Christian education in a distinctively Apostolic environment and requires responsible, ethical, and legal use of network resources by all students. This policy sets provision for any form of network use on the campus or equipment including wireless Internet access.

Personal Responsibilities
All users are expected to abide by the guidelines set forth in this policy. Using UGST’s
computers and network is a privilege and may be revoked at any time for unacceptable
conduct.
Acceptable Behavior includes, but may not be limited to, the following:
  • Using resources for UGST courses, research, functions, and correspondence.
  • Respecting copyright and other intellectual property rights.
  • Abiding by security restrictions on all systems and information to which you have access.

Unacceptable behavior includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Using Urshan equipment for personal entertainment. This includes, but is not limited to: watching movies or playing video games on classroom or chapel projectors.
  • Cheating, plagiarism, or information theft through the use of logins or passwords of other individuals
  • Wasting finite computer resources
  • Accessing, examining, or attempting to examine file, mail, and/or data belonging to others
  • Sending unsolicited, annoying, harassing, or obscene messages, including cyber bullying
  • Distributing passwords or otherwise attempting to gain access to secure areas
  • Invading the privacy of other individuals
  • Damaging any UGST hardware or software
  • Deleting any UGST-provided software or deleting data belonging to another user
  • Using multiple terminals or computers simultaneously
  • Installing unauthorized software, attempting to circumvent filtering or security software, downloading illegal or copyrighted material
  • Knowingly introducing a computer virus; illegal file sharing, e.g. limewire; or bit torrent
  • Violating any rules or regulations posted
  • Accessing materials from the Internet (such as pornography and other questionable materials) which are not consistent with the UGST’s mission in maintaining a distinctly Christian environment
  • Illegally downloading or pirating digital content
Responsibilities
Violation will result in disciplinary and/or legal action and may result in a loss of access,
fines, probation, and/or expulsion. Anyone who has questions about policy guidelines, or
allegations of harassment or other irresponsible use of technology resources, should contact
the Dean of Students. Federal law has established penalties for infringements upon
copyrights, intellectual property rights, and privacy rights of individuals. The Revised Statutes
of the State of Missouri (569.093-569.099) have established penalties of tampering with
intellectual property of computer users, or computer equipment. Penalties range from a oneyear
sentence and a fine of $1,000 to a five-year sentence with a $5,000 fine, depending on
the damage caused. Additionally, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act can potentially fine
students up to $30,000 per offense.
Limits To Guidelines
The aforementioned guidelines apply at all times while students are enrolled in UGST and on
campus, including weekends, holidays and breaks. Students are expected at all times to
maintain the spirit of these guidelines and in good conscience comply to the best of their
ability for the sake of the entire student body.