Acceptable Use of Campus Technology

The California College of the Arts provides computer and network resources for the use of students, faculty and staff. These resources are for use by the CCA community in a manner consistent with the mission of the College. These resources are limited. How each individual uses them impacts the work of other members of the community and beyond. We need to be aware of our obligations to others and of what constitutes proper use and behavior. All eligible users of technology at CCA are expected to follow the guidelines for acceptable use of technology as outlined below.


Access to the computing network and Internet is limited to members of the CCA community. The privilege of using the campus and network computing resources is not transferable to others, e.g., sharing passwords or giving someone else access to your account. You are responsible for any misuse of your account by others. Make sure you set a password that will protect your account from unauthorized use and will not be guessed easily.

Prohibited Activities

  • Sending intimidating or harassing messages, i.e. personal attacks, threats, discriminatory, abusive language, or repeated unsolicited mail.
  • Copying software and other copyrighted materials; accessing any other computer system or network without authorization.
  • Uses which are illegal or in violation of CCA's code of conduct.
  • Preventing someone from using his/her account by unauthorized access of the account and changing the password.
  • Engaging in commercial activities, e.g., advertising or selling commercial products.
  • Distributing chain letters.
  • Using another person's password.
  • Deleting or copying files from another person's computer account.
  • Performing activities that interfere with the rights of others.

Access to User Material

CCA respects individuals' rights to privacy and takes steps to prevent unauthorized access to materials stored on, or transmitted via, College computing or network equipment. All users should realize that e-mail and electronic storage are inherently insecure. In general, e-mail or material whose privacy must be guaranteed should not be stored on shared computers. However, the College reserves the right to examine such electronic materials at its sole discretion in certain cases. When the College believes that there is a potential violation of a law, or of College policy, or if there is reasonable suspicion of misuse, they may access these electronic materials for investigative purposes. The College will remove materials not in compliance with the Acceptable Use Policy.

Failure to Comply

CCA will suspend or revoke the computing privileges of anyone who violates this Acceptable Use Policy. If the terms of this agreement are violated, CCA may take disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment, academic probation or expulsion, depending on the nature of the violation.

Approved June, 2002