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SNAEC supports the appropriate use of digital technology equipment and online information resources, including computer systems, and communication devices for the purpose of promoting and supporting learning as well as communication. This policy applies to a variety of multi-functioning communication devices including, but not limited to cameras, video recorders, and cellular phones. Any violation of this policy may result in loss of access to equipment and resources as well as other disciplinary or legal action. The policy applies to students, employees, volunteers, community groups, and other occasional users of SNAEC, including users of SNAEC technology equipment and resources.  


  1. Computer systems include all hardware and software, communication lines, and data that are connected to SNAEC owned or managed computers, servers and/or peripherals, whether or not they are connected to a SNAEC network. This policy applies to a variety of multi-functioning devices including, but not limited to, personal digital assistants. Any violation of this policy including any of the following may be considered grounds for disciplinary action which may include loss of computer privileges, suspension, letter of reprimand, dismissal, and/or legal action.

  2. The appropriate use of digital technology includes respect for intellectual property, ownership of data, systems security mechanisms, and an individual’s rights to privacy, freedom from intimidation and harassment.

  3. SNAEC may impose disciplinary action for conduct that occurs off SNAEC property where there is evidence of a threat or intimidation, which may result in harm to the physical or emotional well-being of an individual, or a disruption in the SNAEC community.

  4. SNAEC reserves tight to view the content of any SNAEC e-mail accounts or electronic files.

  5. Users acknowledge their understanding of this policy by signing the Digital Technology User Agreement.


The use of digital technology may include, but must not be limited to, the following items:


  1. Transmission of any material in violation of any local, provincial, or federal law.

  2. Use of computer system to access, transmit or publish pornographic or obscene material. iii. The use or publication of profanity, hate mail, harassment, discriminatory remarks or other anti-social behaviour

  3. Any form of vandalism, including but not limited to:

    • Damaging computers, computer systems, or network

    • Disrupting the operation of the network

    • Manipulating or destroying data

  4. Creating, placing or knowingly transmitting a computer virus.

  5. The violation of copyright laws related to copying, downloading, transmitting, storing, or running software, files or data.

  6. The use of digital technology resources for profit during class or work time.

  7. Accessing another individual’s account, files or programs without prior consent.

  8. Gaining or attempting to gain unauthorized access to SNAEC resources on the computer system.  This includes port scans and other procedures that seek to expose vulnerabilities or other information that could be used for inappropriate use.

  9. The use of the computer system while privileges have been revoked or suspended. xiv. Engaging in online games and social networking during class or work time.

  10. Engaging in online gambling during class or work time.

  11. Publishing personal information including names, addresses, phone numbers or photographs of individuals in contravention with the Personal Information Protection Electronic Documents Act.

  12. Student use of electronic devices including telephone, text messaging, music, camera, and recording options of multifunctioning devices during instructional and examination times except with prior permission from instructional staff.

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