Policy No. 402
Area: Information Technology Services

Adopted: 04/23/96
Revisions Approved: 05/12/00

Revised: 6/24/08

Description: Intellectual Property

All employees, students, consultants, contractors, and other users of technology at Atlantic Cape Community College shall adopt the following statement of principle, and conduct their affairs in harmony with it:

Respect for intellectual labor and creativity is vital to academic discourse and enterprise. This principle applies to works of all authors and publishers in all media. It encompasses respect for the right to acknowledgment, the right to privacy, and the right to determine the timing, form, manner, and terms of publication and distribution.

Because electronic information is volatile and easily reproduced, respect for the work and professional expression of others is especially critical in computer environments.

Violations of authorial integrity, including plagiarism, invasion of privacy, unauthorized access, and trade secret and copyright violations, may be grounds for sanctions against members of the college community.

(Adapted from "The EDUCOM Code," expressed in a brochure entitled "Using Software: A Guide To The Ethical And Legal Use Of Software For Members Of The Academic Community," January 1992, EDUCOM and The Information Technology Association of America.)