Policy – Electronic Communications

Policy – Electronic Communications

Effective July 11, 2017

NTI expects all students to use electronic communications in a responsible, ethical, and legal manner. NTI values freedom of expression and encourages diverse viewpoints endemic to an academic institution. When NTI does not provide Internet service for its students, it does not have control and cannot censor electronic communications submitted by students from their personal computers. It may, however, monitor the School site, such as the seminar or class discussion boards, and NTI internal email system, to use its best efforts to ensure that offensive, harassing, or other communication jeopardizing the integrity of the School.

Computer equipment, email accounts, facsimile equipment, Internet access, instant messaging, voicemail, and supplies, if provided, are exclusively to assist students in their educational activities. Students should not expect that computer files, email, or Internet bookmarks are confidential or private, and, therefore, should have no expectation of privacy whatsoever related to their usage of these systems. Even when a message or file is erased, it often is still possible to recover the message or file, and, therefore, privacy of messages and computer files cannot be ensured to anyone. Messages sent through these media, and the contents of the hard drives of any computer that is the property of the School may be considered business records and could be used in administrative, judicial, or other proceedings.

Downloading, distributing, or sending obscene materials are prohibited. Use of school facilities or equipment to download, distribute, or send pornographic materials is also prohibited, including, but not limited to, bookmarking any such websites, or opening or forwarding any such email, or fax. Any communications by students via email, instant messenger, or fax that may constitute verbal abuse, slander, or defamation or may be considered offensive, harassing, vulgar, obscene, or threatening is prohibited. Offensive content includes, but is not limited to, sexual comments or images, racial slurs, gender-specific comments, or any comments that would offend someone on the basis of age, race, sex, color, religion, national origin, handicap, disability, or veteran status. Any individual with a complaint about such communications should refer to the Policy of Nondiscrimination section in this Catalog.

Students may not use the School’s computer system in a manner that infringes the copyright of others. Copyright law protects the exclusive rights in images, music, text, audiovisual materials, software, and photographs. The distribution, display, performance, or reproduction of any copyright-protected material through the School computer system without the permission of the copyright owner is strictly prohibited. In addition, the School licenses software to support its educational processes. Students are not permitted to copy, remove, alter, or install software. By using the School’s computer equipment, software, and communication devices, all students knowingly and voluntarily consent to their use of these systems being monitored and acknowledge the School ‘ s right to conduct such monitoring. These media and equipment are intended to be used for business and educational purposes only, and any other use by students may result in a written warning concerning the misconduct and further disciplinary action up to and including immediate suspension or dismissal.

NOTE: To ensure the highest level learning environment for all students, cell phones, MP3 or music including headphones are not allowed in the classrooms. Laptops are allowed under the discretion of the instructor. Classrooms and common areas are equipped with cameras to monitor campus safety and educational effectiveness.