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Acceptable Use

  

Welcome to Halifax Community College's website, a service of Halifax Community College, together with its subsidiaries, affiliates, agents and licensors (collectively "Halifax Community College"). The following terms apply to your use of and access to any Halifax Community College owned or operated website ("Website"), as well as any electronic transmission sent, received, posted, accessed, or stored via any Halifax Community College network ("Network"), including without limitation its wireless web, data, and messaging services; Internet services; and internal email network for communicating with Halifax Community College employees. Certain products or services offered through our Website may have additional terms and conditions, which govern in the event of any inconsistency with the terms below.

COVERAGE OF THIS POLICY AND AGREEMENT

In addition to other agreements between you and Halifax Community College, these terms explain the policies that govern your access to and use of our Website and Network, including the actions that we may take, within our sole discretion, for any use that we deem unacceptable.

By accessing or using our Website or Network, you agree to these terms (collectively the "Policy and Agreement"), as Halifax Community College may modify it from time to time. If you do not agree to accept and comply with the Policy and Agreement, do not access or use our Website or Network.

LINKS TO THIRD-PARTY SITES

The Website may contain links to other websites that are maintained by third parties over which Halifax Community College has no control. These links are provided for convenience only. Use of these links will cause you to leave this Site and use of third-party websites is entirely at your own risk. Halifax Community College makes no representation or warranty concerning any other site or the information, products or services offered or appearing on or through these sites. Halifax Community College does not sponsor or endorse the operators of the sites or the content, products or services they provide, and Halifax Community College is not responsible or liable for the conduct of the sites' operators, the content, availability, accuracy, quality, advertising, products, services or other materials offered at the sites.

ILLEGAL OR HARMFUL USE

You may access and use our Website and Network only for lawful purposes. You are responsible for any transmission you send, receive, post, access, or store via our Network, including the content of any communication. Transmitting, distributing, or storing any material that violates any applicable law is prohibited. Additionally, the following non-exhaustive list details the kinds of illegal or harmful conduct that are prohibited:

  • Infringement: Infringement of intellectual property rights or other proprietary rights including, without limitation, material protected by copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret or other intellectual property right. Infringement may result from the unauthorized copying, distribution and/or posting of pictures, logos, software, articles, musical works, and videos.
  • Offensive Materials: Disseminating or posting material that is unlawful, libelous, defamatory, obscene, indecent, lewd, harassing, threatening, harmful, invasive of privacy or publicity rights, abusive, inflammatory or otherwise objectionable. Without limiting the foregoing, you may not access or use our Website or Network in any manner for the transmission or dissemination of images containing child pornography.
  • Excessive Utilization of Network Resources: Wireless and Wireline networks have capacity limits and all customers can suffer from degraded or denied service when one or a small group of users consumes disproportionate amounts of network resources. Halifax Community College, therefore, will monitor both overall network performance and individual resource consumption to determine if any user is consuming a disproportionate amount of available resources and creating the potential to disrupt or degrade the Halifax Community College network or network usage by others. While the determination of what constitutes excessive use depends on the specific state of the network at any given time, excessive use is determined by resource consumption relative to that of a typical individual user of the Service and not by the use of any particular application.
  • Export Violations: Including, without limitation, violations of the Export Administration Act and the Export Administration Regulations administered by the Department of Commerce.
  • Fraudulent Conduct: (1) Conducting fraudulent business operations and practices, (2) Offering or disseminating fraudulent goods, services, schemes, or promotions (e.g., make-money-fast schemes, chain letters, and pyramid schemes), (3) Individual or Business representation as an authorized 3rd party affiliation or agent for a business entity without the businesses prior consent.
  • Falsification/Impersonation: You may not use the Service to impersonate any person or entity, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with any person or entity, or to create a false identity for the purpose of misleading others. Without limiting the foregoing, you may not use invalid or forged headers, invalid or non-existent domain names or other means of deceptive addressing.
  • Failure to Abide by Third-Party Website Policies: Violating the rules, regulations, or policies that apply to any third-party network, server, computer database, or website that you access.
  • Harmful Content: Disseminating or posting harmful content including, without limitation, viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time bombs, zombies, cancelbots or any other computer programming routines that may damage, interfere with, secretly intercept or seize any system, program, data or personal information.

ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS

You may not distribute, publish, or send through our Network: (1) unsolicited advertisements, solicitations, commercial e-mail messages or promotional messages of any kind (commonly referred to as "spam"); (2) unsolicited informational announcements; (3) chain mail; (4) numerous copies of the same or substantially similar messages; (5) empty messages; (6) messages which contain no substantive content; or (7) very large messages or files that disrupt a server, account, newsgroup, or chat service; or (8) any message across any network that is categorized as “phishing”.

Likewise, you may not (1) participate in collecting e-mail addresses, screen names, or other identifiers of others (without Halifax Community College's prior written consent), a practice sometimes known as spidering or harvesting; (2) participate in using software (including "spyware") designed to facilitate such activity; (3) collect responses from unsolicited messages; or (4) use any of our mail servers or another site's mail server to relay mail without the express permission of the account holder or the site.

NETWORK SECURITY AND INTEGRITY

You may not violate the security of our Website or Network in any way. Such violations may result in criminal or civil liability. Halifax Community College may, but is not obligated to, investigate any violation of our Network. Halifax Community College may cooperate with law enforcement where criminal or unauthorized activity is suspected. By using Halifax Community College products services or sending, receiving, posting, accessing, or storing any electronic transmission via our Network, you agree to cooperate, as well, in any such investigation. Examples of Network security violations include, without limitation:

  • Hacking: Unauthorized access to or use of data, systems or networks, including any attempt to probe, scan or test the vulnerability of a system or network or to breach security or authentication measures without the express prior authorization of the owner of the system or network.
  • Interception: Unauthorized monitoring of data or traffic on any network or system without the express prior authorization of the owner of the system or network.
  • Intentional Interference: Interference with service to any user, host or network including, without limitation, denial-of-service attacks, mail bombing, news bombing, other flooding techniques, deliberate attempts to overload a system, and broadcast attacks.
  • Falsification of Origin or Routing Information: Using, selling, or distributing in conjunction with the Services, any computer program designed to conceal the source or routing information of electronic mail messages in a manner that falsifies an Internet domain, header information, date or time stamp, originating e-mail address, or other identifier.
  • Avoiding System Restrictions: Using manual or electronic means to avoid any limitations established by Halifax Community College or attempting to gain unauthorized access to, alter, or destroy any information that relates to any Halifax Community College customer or other end-user. Halifax Community College may, but is not obligated to, take any action it deems necessary to protect its Website and Network, its rights or the rights of its customers or third parties, or (2) optimize or improve its Website, Network, services, systems, and equipment. You acknowledge that such action may include, without limitation, employing methods, technologies, or procedures to filter or block messages sent through the Website or Network. Halifax Community College may, in its sole discretion, at any time, filter "spam" or prevent "hacking," "viruses" or other potential harms without regard to any preference you may have communicated to us.