Code of Conduct

As a club of Madison Area Technical College, MITA members and officers are expected to abide by MATC’s Code of Conduct. As a member or officer of MITA, you will not only represent MITA but you will also represent MATC. MITA members and officers are encouraged to acquaint themselves with MATC’s Code of Conduct – Student Responsibilities

MITA members and officers are also encouraged to acquaint themselves with MATC’s Student Computer Systems Guidelines, a portion of which is reproduced here:

Guiding Principles
MATC students are encouraged to make innovative and creative use of information technologies in support of achieving their educational goals. Access to information representing a multitude of views on current and historical topics is allowed for the interest, information and enlightenment of the MATC community. These guidelines are intended to respect the rights and obligations of academic freedom. MATC recognizes that the purpose of copyright is to protect the rights of the creators of intellectual property and to prevent the unauthorized use or sale of works available in the private sector. An individual's right of access to computer materials should not be denied or abridged because of race, creed, color, age, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

            - MATC's computing and network resources are to be used only by authorized persons for research, learning, enrichment, and the dissemination of scholarly information. The computing and network facilities at MATC are limited and should be used wisely and carefully with consideration for the needs of others.

            - All users of computing facilities must act responsibly and maintain the integrity of these resources. MATC reserves the right to limit, restrict or extend computing privileges and access to it resources.

            - Although all members of the community have an expectation of privacy, if a user is suspected of violating the College's Acceptable Use Guidelines, his or her right to privacy may be superseded by the College's requirement to protect the integrity of information technology resources, the rights of all users and the property of the College. The College, thus, reserves the right to examine material stored on or transmitted through its facilities if there is cause to believe that the standards for acceptable and ethical use are being violated.

Guidelines and Responsibilities
The following examples, though not covering every situation, specify some of the guidelines and responsibilities that accompany computer use at MATC and/or on networks to which MATC is connected.

            - You must not use the College's network resources to gain or attempt to gain unauthorized access to remote computers.

            - You must not knowingly tamper with, obstruct, or impair the availability of MATC resources, or attempt to do so.

            - You must not knowingly send a crippling number of files across the network; introduce damaging, self-propagating, or otherwise harmful software into a machine or a network.

            - You must not knowingly hoard computer, network or print resources in an attempt to deliberately degrade performance or deny service to others in the user community.

            - You must not intentionally make changes to software or hardware, which damages or disrupts a computing system, alters its normal performance, or causes it to malfunction.

            - You must not attempt to circumvent data protection schemes or uncover security loopholes.

            - You must abide by the terms of all software licensing agreements and copyright laws. The copying of copyrighted materials, such as third-party software, without the express written permission of the owner or the proper license, is prohibited.

            - You must not use any of the College's microcomputers, workstations, or networks for other than a MATC course, research project, personal communications or enrichment activities.

            - To the greatest extent possible in a public setting we want to preserve the individual's privacy. However, users must recognize that MATC computer systems and networks are public and subject to the Wisconsin Open Records Act.

            - Misuse of computing, networking or other information resources may result in the loss of computing privileges and/or disciplinary action. Additionally, misuse can be prosecuted under applicable state statutes. Users may be held accountable for their conduct under applicable College policies, procedures or collective bargaining agreements. Complaints alleging misuse of College resources will be directed to those responsible for taking appropriate disciplinary action.

           - The computing systems, networks and associated facilities at the College are intended to support the College mission, vision and values and to enhance the educational environment. Users must be aware that they have access to valuable and sensitive resources and that their computer practices can adversely affect others. Open access to the Internet is a privilege, and requires that individual users act responsibly. Users must respect the rights of other users, respect the integrity of the systems and related physical resources, and observe all relevant laws, regulations, policies and contractual obligations.

You may read the rest of MATC’s Student Computer Systems Guidelines here.


It is also the responsibility of MITA members and officers to abide by MATC's College Student Involvement Alcohol Statement.

Again, all members and officers are encouraged to read MATC's Code of Conduct, Student Computer Systems Guidelines, and MATC's College Student Involvement Alcohol Statement. Any violation of these Codes may result in the cancellation of your MITA membership or office position and a report to the campus authorities.

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