2016-17 Course Catalog - 38
* No person shall attempt to circumvent data protection
schemes or uncover security loopholes.
* All persons shall abide by the terms of all software licensing
agreements and copyright laws. In particular, unauthorized
copying of copyrighted software is prohibited, unless the
College has a site license specifically allowing the copying
of that software. Furthermore, the copying of site-licensed
software for distribution to persons other than Thaddeus
Stevens College of Technology faculty, staff, and students,
or the copying of site licensed software for use at locations
not covered under the terms of the license agreement, is
* Deliberate acts which are wasteful of computing/ information
network resources or which unfairly monopolize resources
to the exclusion of others are prohibited. These acts include,
but are not limited to, sending mass mailings or chain letters,
creating unnecessary multiple jobs or processes, obtaining
unnecessary output, or printing or creating unnecessary
* The following types of information or software cannot be
placed on any College-owned computer system:
* That which infringes upon the rights of another person.
* That which may injure someone else and/or lead to a
lawsuit or criminal charges. Examples of these include
the following: pirated software, destructive software,
pornographic materials, or libelous statements.
* That which consists of any advertisements or commercial
* No person shall harass others by sending annoying,
threatening, libelous, sexually, racially, or religiously offensive
messages. This includes all materials deemed offensive by
existing College code of conduct laws.
* Use of the College's computer/information network resources
to monitor another user's data communications, or to read,
copy, change, or delete another user's files or software, without
permission of the owner, is prohibited.
* Use of the College's servers, workstations, or information
networks must be related to a Thaddeus Stevens College of
Technology course, research project, work-related activity,
departmental activity, or for interpersonal communications.
Use of these resources for personal or financial gain is
prohibited. If the nonbusiness usage of information services
results in a direct cost to the College for any reason, it is the
individual's responsibility to reimburse the College.
* Any network traffic exiting the College and/or using College
resources/infrastructure is subject to the acceptable use
policies of the network through which it flows (internet,
D&E), as well as to the policies listed here, such as abusing
internet service providers (ISP) services using College
network/resources.Existing College policies such as the
sexual harassment policy, will be enforced as they relate to a
violation of the computer use policy.
* Potential violators may also be subject to criminal prosecution
under federal or state law, and should expect the College to
pursue such action.
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Violation of one or more of these published policies will result in
a loss of access to the College computing/ information network
systems with possible referral to the appropriate judicial process
Violators may also be subject to criminal prosecution under
federal or state law and should expect the College to pursue such
action. As an example, under Pennsylvania law, it is a felony
punishable by a fine up to $15,000 and imprisonment up to seven
years for any person to access, alter, or damage any computer
system, network, software or database, or any part thereof, with
the intent to interrupt the normal functioning of an organization
[18 Pa.C.S. §7611(a)(2) and (3)].
Attendance is important for success at Thaddeus Stevens College;
therefore, regular and prompt attendance for classes and scheduled
conferences is expected for all students.
Instructors distribute attendance requirements in their course
syllabi at the beginning of the semester. Students are responsible
for reading and understanding these requirements for each course,
whether they are general education or technical courses.
The faculty will recognize only the following as legitimate excuses
* Death in the immediate family
* Illness verified by a doctor's excuse indicating the nature of
the illness and type of medication prescribed
* College activities as approved by the vice president for
academic affairs or director of student services
* Circumstances as verified by a campus counselor
Because of the technical nature of the programs of instruction
at Thaddeus Stevens College, advisory committees undertake
an essential role in technical program review and development,
equipment purchases, student recruitment, and student job
placement. Advisory committees gather at least twice a year;
minutes of these meetings are kept on file in the Office of Academic
Affairs. Members of advisory committees include instructors,
administrators, business owners, professional and technical
employees, and representatives of industry and labor.
Changes to Catalog and Curriculum
The provisions and conditions of this catalog are not to be
considered an irrevocable contract between the student and
Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. The College reserves
the right to change any fees, requirements, and/ or regulations
at any time during the student's term of enrollment. Approved
curriculum changes may be implemented the semester following
approval, provided they do not impact unfairly on the student.
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