Technology

PCC supplies a number of technology resources that provide you with information and communications ability. Information about how to set up personal user accounts and logins will be received at Check-In, and user guides are available on Eagle’s Nest. It is your responsibility to use technology sensibly in a way that protects your Christian testimony.

Username and Passwords

Your username, password, and other personal identification gives access to campus technology. Keep this information secure, and do not give it to anyone else under any circumstance; you are responsible for all activity, calls, interactions, and content associated with your user accounts.

Student E-mail

Check your e-mail daily as faculty or staff may need to communicate with you. You are responsible for information and announcements distributed through your e-mail.

Personal Electronics

Personal computers, phones, laptops, tablets, and other devices have become part of everyday life. You are responsible for the content of all files and media in keeping with the PCC Code of Conduct. Accordingly, you should protect the use of your devices by others and only access appropriate content.

Students are prohibited from electronic content rated mature or adult, and any content (regardless of rating) containing graphic violence, sensual or demonic themes, suggestive dress, foul language, or gambling. You may bring up to a standard 24“ display, with no smart or casting capabilities or devices (i.e., ChromeCast, Roku, Firestick, Apple TV, etc.). PCC reserves the right to check any electronic device if it is reported or suspected that e-mail messages, files, or media may be in violation of the policies and standards of the College. Devices may not be used to watch movies or TV.

Students may not have personal network equipment. These devices include but are not limited to hubs, switches, routers, repeaters, and bridges.

Internet and Social Media

PCC maintains a filtered wireless system that provides safe Internet access for all students. All residence halls, the Commons, the Library, and the Sports Center are equipped with wireless access points. If you inadvertently access an inappropriate site, please report the site to the system administrator at admin@students.pcci.edu.

PCC’s Internet access is filtered to prevent access to websites that generally

  • Have a reputation for inappropriate photos, videos, language, or content
  • Are categorized by search engines as obscene or vulgar
  • Promote sharing without accountability
  • Take extensive bandwidth, causing a slower campus connection for others

If a website is blocked, you may request that it be reviewed and opened using the link provided on the page.

The use of social media is permitted as long as it does not conflict with the standards and spirit of the College. Each student is expected to protect his testimony and to avoid any wrong or questionable associations. Students will be expected to take responsibility for all content posted in connection with their social media outlets, whether personally posted or submitted by others.

Skype

Students are expected to use their electronic devices appropriately and respect the privacy of others in regard to video calling in the residence halls.

Appropriate and Ethical Use

Misuse of technology is a serious infraction and can result in revocation of access as well as disciplinary action. Users must never attempt to access inappropriate material (such as pornography); make efforts to bypass, modify, or disable filters or restraints established by network or account administrators; attempt to gain a higher level of access to the system than authorized; or access or modify another individual’s account.

It is also considered a misuse of privileges to send messages with vulgar, harassing, obscene, pornographic, or threatening content, or to send chain letters or group mailings for business endeavors, personal agendas, or political reasons.

Students are responsible for adhering to local, state, federal, copyright, and international laws. While PCC cannot be held responsible for the actions of individual users, we will make every effort to ensure compliance and will provide any information required by authorities. We reserve the right to monitor all activity, incoming or outgoing, on the College’s network and accounts and on all internally linked computers.

Copyright laws and licensing agreements govern the computer software on the resources at PCC. Under United States copyright laws, no person may duplicate or distribute a work without the express permission of the author(s). (Commercial software vendors do not generally grant permission to duplicate their products; however, there are two categories of software that do allow copying and distribution of the product: public domain software and shareware.) PCC supports these laws and agreements.

Students with access to PCC computer resources must adhere to copyright laws and licensing agreements as well as to the following:

  • It is unlawful for any student to make copies of computer software owned by the College.
  • Any program designated by the author(s) as shareware may be freely copied and distributed according to the express permission of the author(s). If a student continues to use a program, he is expected to register that program with the author(s) by paying a fee. Students continuing to use unregistered shareware products may be in violation of United States copyright law.
  • It is wrong to tamper with someone else’s computer. If you have permission to use a computer, leave everything the way you found it.