Wingate University’s Acceptable Use of Information Technology Policy is something you need to know and follow.

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Wingate University uses its facilities and information technology resources to supplement the education process. This policy is designed to enhance research and instruction and inform the faculty, staff and students.
 
Our policy below outlines the obligations accepted by each user with the assignment of an account. Every person assigned an account must accept its terms. They must also accept the boundaries imposed by the Wingate University Honor Code and local, state and federal laws.The myGate site serves as your main menu to relevant campus internal websites and provides information on upcoming campus events. It also provides information on campus meetings and athletic and cultural events. WinLINK and the myGate portal are assigned separate IDs and passwords. More information about the campus network and computer accounts can be found in the network help section of myGate.
 
Only faculty, staff and current students may be assigned e-mail and campus network accounts through Wingate University. Internet access is available from all academic and administrative buildings and from University residence halls and apartments.
 
Our Internet Policy:
  • A user may not, without prior written consent from the director of marketing and communication, use the name, the Wingate University seal or any graphic symbol used by or associated with Wingate University as part of an e-mail address, a “home” or a second domain name for any online network. Unauthorized use can result in legal action. This includes non-authorized sports team pages, club pages (including fraternities and sororities) and other personal pages.
  • Academic use of the system takes priority over other uses.
  • All users must respect copyright and other intellectual-property rights. When citing Internet material in a paper or project, give proper citation to the writer of the material. Ask at the library’s reference desk for help in proper citation practices. Plagiarism from the Internet is not tolerated.
  • Do not share accounts or passwords. Users are held responsible for any activity taking place within their own account. If you discover that your account has been used by another person, please notify the Office of Information Technology immediately.
  • Electronic mail is not to be used to post any form of unwelcome, unwanted, threatening or abusive messages. Intimidating someone by “flaming” (sending messages in all caps, indicating hostility or anger), threatening language or personal attacks is prohibited.
  • Network bandwidth is a limited commodity. Wingate University reserves the right to inspect any computer on its network, including personal computers and laptops, on which it either has discovered via network monitoring or a complaint to be using an excessive amount of bandwidth. This includes, but is not limited to file sharing software, excessive downloads, streaming media or gaming. Wingate University reserves the right to require that users of these computers mitigate this condition or have their computers removed from the campus network.
  • If users violate the above guidelines, they are subject to applicable legal remedies. They are subject to having their e-mail account and their Internet usage suspended by the network administrators. Multiple violations will be turned over to the Dean of Students or the Vice President of Academic Affairs for further discipline.
  • Students are responsible for keeping their computers (particularly lap-tops with wireless capabilities) up-to-date with the latest anti-virus and anti-spam definitions. The university reserves the right to inspect any computer on its network on which it either has discovered via network monitoring or a complaint that indicates it has been infected. The university reserves the right to have the user disinfect the computer or to have it removed from the campus network until the issue is resolved.
  • Students may create personal webpages on their sites.wingate.edu accounts. The standard of appropriate content that applies to e-mail applies to sites.wingate.edu. No student may create and store a personal webpage on the servers or workstations of the Wingate University Campus Network, unless authorized by the appropriate dean or supervisor under the general direction of the Chief Information Officer and the Director of Communication. All web pages created for Wingate University and its member departments, organizations, or individual faculty members are considered an official representation of this school and therefore must be approved by the appropriate dean or supervisor and the network administrators.
  • Students may not bring, install or utilize personal wireless routers on campus as it disrupts other Internet connections.
  • Tampering with the password system, attempting to gain access to another’s account or trying to degrade the system is prohibited. Any person violating this rule will lose computer privileges and will be subject to further discipline by the university.
  • The university reserves the right to purge files should those files exceed the user’s quota on said drives. Large amounts of data stored on the university server are not allowed to “stack up” or be stored in Wingate University’s system. If a user takes up an unusually large amount of storage space, that user will be asked to clean out the files. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action. The system administrator has the right to purge files and/or close accounts of users violating this rule. Inappropriate materials, including pornography, should not be viewed or transmitted in any public area where others may see such material.
  • Users may use only those accounts for which they have authorization as granted by the university. Information in all myGate files is presumed to be private unless an authorized university official has a reasonable suspicion that the user’s use of online resources violates any policy of the university. Information stored on campus computers is considered the property of Wingate University. Using the files of others without their permission is unethical and illegal.
  • Wingate University has taken steps to reduce vulnerabilities due to computer viruses, spyware and spam. This includes installing antivirus software on computers owned by the university. All students who bring laptops onto the campus’ wireless network are expected to have installed antivirus software. They are expected to have the virus definitions to that software kept up-to-date. Wingate University reserves the right to inspect any computer on its network on which it either has discovered via network monitoring or a complaint that indicates that it has been infected. The university reserves the right to have the user take steps to disinfect the computer or to have it removed from the campus network until the issue is resolved.
  • Wingate University maintains its own system of generalized announcements to all students via e-mail. Students who wish to send a general announcement to the student body are asked to make a request to the Dean of Students. Students may also use the groups feature of any myGate app to create opt-in mailing lists. Any attempt to generate mass e-mails to the student body is prohibited.

Contact Us

Please stop by the the IT help desk if you have any questions. We’re on the second floor of the library, and we’re happy to answer your technology questions.