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* 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
network traffic.
* 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 enterprises.
* 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.

any part thereof, with the intent to interrupt the normal
functioning of an organization [18 Pa.C.S. ยง7611(a)(2) and
(3)].

Attendance Policy

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 for absence:
* Death in the immediate family
* Hospitalization
* 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

Advisory Committees

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.

Consequences
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 as above.
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
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