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Policies and Procedures


Berry College provides all students, faculty and staff with Internet access and electronic communication services as required for the performance and fulfillment of their job and learning responsibilities. These services are for the purpose of education and increasing productivity and not for non-business or non-educational activities.

Email Policy

Berry email is used as a means of official correspondence. Consequently, all students, faculty and staff are expected to check their email on a regular basis and preferably at least once a day. It is the responsibility of all faculty, staff and students to properly maintain their email account so that they do not exceed storage limits.  Notices are sent when a mailbox is getting close to its limit. Once the limit is exceeded, no new email can be received. However, the email box can be managed by the user, even when full.    

Current email storage limits are:

  • Students: 25 GB
  • Faculty and Staff: 1GB
  • Departmental: 1GB
  • Retirees upon request – 50MB

Maximum transmission/attachment size: 30MB.

Email accounts remain active for students for life. Faculty/Staff email accounts exist only until an employee leaves the employment of the college. Your email account will be deactivated at the time that you leave or at a later date if special arrangements have been made with the Office for Information Technology.

Passwords – Email password for faculty and staff is the same as their Active Directory password used to access the Berry network and computers. Students may use their Active Directory password or choose a separate one. For assistance in changing your password, please go to: 

Please download and read Berry College's Password Policy to help create a strong, secure password and to understand our system's requirements: Password Policy

Archiving is recommended to keep mailboxes from reaching the size limitations; however it is up to email owner to setup and manage the archiving process. The archive files should be backed up and stored outside the local computer. We recommend a flash drive, DVD burner or external hard drive.

Recovery – E-mail servers do not provide a feasible means of archiving e-mail or attachments over the long term. For messages or attachments that require retention, either print those records and file them manually, or save to a shared directory. Individual email boxes or items cannot be recovered. Deleted email is retained in the user’s deleted folder until removed. Additionally those items can also be recovered by the owner for 30 days. Historical email retention and recovery is the responsibility of the mailbox owner and should be planned using the archiving process above.

Privacy - E-mail on Berry College servers belongs to Berry College, except when superseded by the College's Intellectual Property Policy. Both active and terminated accounts, under exceptional circumstances, may be disclosed to authorized personnel or external parties, but only as required by customary business practice or law.

Email Use Policy

Occasional and reasonable personal use of Berry College's Internet and email services is permitted, provided that this does not interfere with work or educational performance. These services may be used outside of normal work and academic scheduled hours, provided that such use is consistent with professional conduct.

Users should have no expectations of privacy while using Berry College owned or leased equipment and services. Users should assume that information passing through or stored on Berry College equipment can and may be monitored even though it is rarely done. 

Violations of Internet and email use include, but are not limited to, accessing, downloading, uploading, receiving, or sending materials that includes sexually explicit content or other material using vulgar, sexist, racist, threatening, violent or defamatory language. Users should not use Berry College services to disclose corporate information without prior authorization. It is the responsibility of users to protect data from loss and damage. Gambling and illegal activities including improper use of copyrighted materials are not to be conducted with Berry College resources. Infringements of this policy will be investigated on a case-by-case basis.

SPAM refers to electronic junk mail or junk newsgroup postings. Many people at Berry perceive SPAM as any unsolicited e-mail. In addition to being a nuisance, SPAM uses a lot of network bandwidth and data storage facilities. Users need to be sensitive in sending email that may be perceived as SPAM by other Berry users. Please forward all SPAM to

VikingWeb Bulletin Boards

Bulletin Boards is available for all faculty, staff and students that enables users to opt in and/or out of receiving notifications. It is part of the VikingWeb system and can be located at: 

Note: You must sign into VikingWeb in order to view and/or post.

The purpose of the Bulletin Boards is to reduce SPAM while allowing users who wish to do participate the opportunity to post and/or view listings. The following are some of the categories available:

  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Surplus Equipment/Furniture
  • Pets for Free
  • Lost & Found
  • Items for Sale

If you would like to report inappropriate postings, please contact Penny Evans-Plants by email at peplants@berry.eduor calling her at (706) 802-6727.

By using Berry College's Internet access and electronic communications services means that you have read our Internet and email use policy. This does not mean that you agree with each and every provision of the policy. However, it does mean that you will abide by the regulations set forth in the above policy.

Computer Use and Ethics Policy

The following sets forth Berry College’s policy for the management and use of computers, data networks, and associated computing resources that are owned and/or administered by Berry College. This policy reflects the ethical principles of the Berry College community and indicates what privileges and responsibilities are characteristic of the computing environment.

In support of the College’s mission of teaching, research, and public service, the Office for Information Technology provides computing, networking, and information resources to the college community of students, faculty, and staff in support of the programs of the college. All users are responsible for seeing that the computing facilities are used in an effective, efficient, and lawful manner.

Privileges and Responsibilities
Computers and networks provide access to resources on and off campus, as well as the ability to communicate with other users worldwide. Such open access is a privilege and requires that individual users act responsibly. Users must respect the interests of other users; respect the integrity of the systems and related physical resources; and observe all relevant laws, regulations, and contractual obligations, plus applicable college rules and regulations.

Students and employees may have rights of access to information about themselves contained in computer files, as specified in federal and state laws. In addition, system administrators may access user files as necessary to protect the integrity of computer systems. For example, following organizational guidelines, system administrators may access or examine files or accounts that are suspected of unauthorized use or misuse, or that have been corrupted or damaged.

Email is an official means of correspondence at Berry College. Every student is provided a Berry email account and is expected to check it on a regular basis. Berry email is also used by many faculty for their classes and it is used in Viking Web as well. There is a limit enforced on each student email account; therefore, it is necessary for each email account holder to properly maintain her/his account so that they can receive email at all times.

Computer users are expected to exercise reasonable precautions to protect Berry College information at all times against loss, theft and inappropriate disclosure. This applies to desktop and laptop computers, mobile devices including tablets and phones, and storage devices. It is the responsibility of users to protect data from loss and damage.

Existing Legal Context 
All existing laws (federal and state) and college regulations and policies apply, including not only those laws and regulations that are specific to computers and networks, but also those that may apply generally to personal conduct.

Users are held accountable for their conduct under any applicable college policies and procedures. Misuse of computing, networking, or information resources may result in the loss of computing privileges. Additionally, misuse can be prosecuted under applicable statutes. Complaints alleging misuse of campus computing resources will be directed to those responsible for taking appropriate disciplinary action. Illegal reproduction of software protected by U.S. Copyright Law is subject to civil damages and criminal penalties including fines and imprisonment.

Examples of Misuse 
Examples of misuse include, but are not limited to, the activities in the following list:

  • Using a computer account or password other than your own. Never share your computer account or password.
  • Using the campus network to gain unauthorized access to any computer or network.
  • Performing an act which will interfere with the normal operation of computers, peripherals, or networks.
  • Knowingly running or installing on any computer system or network, or giving to another user, a program intended to damage or to place excessive load on a computer system or network. This includes but is not limited to programs known as computer viruses, Trojan horses, and worms.
  • Attempting to circumvent data protection schemes or uncover security loopholes.
  • Violating terms of applicable software licensing agreements or copyright laws.  This includes the downloading of copyrighted material such as audio and video files for which the copyright owners have not granted rights.
  • Wasting computer or network resources.
  • Using electronic communications to threaten, harass or intimidate others, or to transmit pornographic materials.
  • Masking the identity of an account or machine.
  • Posting on electronic bulletin boards materials that violate applicable laws or regulations or college rules or regulations, including but not limited to the Berry College Code of Student Conduct.
  • Attempting to monitor or tamper with another user’s electronic communications, or reading, copying, changing, or deleting another user’s files or software without the explicit agreement of the owner.
  • Using the college’s electronic mail and/or equipment for solicitation, advertising, or for any commercial purpose unrelated to official college business.
  • Connecting and operating unauthorized wireless access points, switches and/or routers on the campus network.
  • While network/internet capable video game consoles are not prohibited, if they cause network performance degradation they may be treated as if wasting computer resources.
  • Activities will not be considered misuse when authorized by appropriate college officials for security or performance testing. Infractions may require that the person(s) responsible be interviewed by the Chief Information Officer and appropriate director where either a warning is issued or if of a more serious nature, referred to the Dean of Students. If any local, state or federal laws are violated, appropriate authorities will be contacted and full cooperation with them will be offered.

Ethics Policy

Berry College reserves the right to change in whatever manner it deems necessary the requirements regarding admission; to drop, add, or change the arrangement of courses, curricula, academic standards, or requirements for retention, graduation, degrees and all other regulations of the college. Such regulations shall be effective whenever determined by the appropriate faculty and administrative bodies; they may govern both continuing and new students without actual notice to individual students. Information on changes will be available from academic advisors or appropriate administrative offices and will be published in subsequent issues of the catalog.

Berry College admits students of any race, creed, color, sex, age, religion, national and ethnic origin, or qualified handicap to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the college. Berry does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, or qualified handicap in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other college administered programs.

Berry College makes no claim that a course of study will lead to positions of employment.

Privacy Statement
Berry College respects the privacy of all Web site visitors. The purpose of this policy is to alert users of the ways that the site collects, processes, and protects your information.

Listed below are several ways in which our site/servers might collect information during your visit:

Network Traffic/Web Activity Logs:
In order to monitor network security, to maintain service consistency and to improve services offered, Berry College uses software applications and/or services that monitor network traffic, identify security issues and detect unauthorized software such as viruses. While monitoring the system, these programs may detect personally identifiable information such as e-mail headers, passwords, etc. In addition, web activity is logged that includes but is not limited to pages visited, site routes, date and time stamps, referring site information, IP or domain addresses and browser information. The site makes no attempt to identify individual visitors from this information. In the case of both network traffic and Web activity logs, any personally identifiable information is not released to external parties without your consent, unless required by law.

Cookies are small text files that are written to a designated area of your hard drive that can be used to help the Web site remember information, such as data that needs to be carried from one page to the next or to identify you automatically without the need to log into a site. Cookies are saved on your computer and therefore you control them. If you prefer not to receive cookies from the Web site, you have several options to allow for this in your browser configuration. Disabling cookies, however, may limit your access to information or features of certain areas of the site. Unless otherwise notified, we do not track your movements using cookies or exchange cookie files with third parties.

Voluntary Provided User Information:
If you choose to provide us with certain information while visiting the site, such as sending us electronic mail, using a form to correspond or request information, or registering for access to protected site sections, your information will only be used for internal purposes. Personally identifiable information will only be used for the purpose indicated. In the case of individuals associated with Berry College (i.e. alumni, students), submitted information may also be used to update your current records. Each Web page requesting information discloses the purpose of that information. If you do not wish to have the information used in that manner, it is your option not to provide it.

As with most university and college Web sites, we provide resource links to other Web sites. These third party sites are not controlled by Berry College. We do not endorse them and are not responsible for their availability, content or service. In addition, these sites may not conform to this privacy policy or may have no policy at all. In most cases, you can confirm that you are leaving the Berry College Web site by noting the URL of the destination site.

If you have questions about the Berry College Web site or this online privacy statement, contact the Web manager at contact the Web manageror 706-368-6747.

Copyright Policy and Notification Procedures
The owner of a copyright holds exclusive rights to the reproduction and distribution of the copyrighted work. Duplication of any copyrighted work is prohibited unless specifically allowed for in a license agreement. Unauthorized copying of intellectual work and/or software is illegal and punishable under federal law.

As members of the academic community, we value the free exchange of ideas; however, respect for the intellectual work and property of others is essential to the mission of all educational institutions.

Copyright Infringement Notification – Agent to Receive Notification of Claimed Infringement

This is to notify copyright owners that the agent to receive infringement statutory notices under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act is Whit Whitaker, Chief of Staff.

A copyright owner needing to send such notice to Berry College should submit the notice in writing to:

Whit Whitaker
Berry College
P.O. Box 490039
Mount Berry, GA 30149
E-mail: Infringement
Phone: 706-238-7837

For more information about copyright, see and

Product Licensing Policy

All hardware devices acquired for or on behalf of the college or developed by college employees or contract personnel on behalf of the college are and shall be deemed college property. All such hardware devices must be used in compliance with applicable licenses, notices, contracts, and agreements.

Please remember as you plan for new networked printer purchases for labs and offices that our standard printer brand that we support is Hewlett-Packard. We do this for a number of reasons:

  • Hewlett-Packard printers are reliable.
  • They are reasonably priced.
  • They operate well in our network environment.
  • A single brand of networked printer means that we (Network Operations) don't have to load or deal with multiple administration interfaces to properly control access to these devices.

Any future networked printer purchases/installations must follow this guideline or risk a reduced level of service and reliability. For any special needs that Hewlett-Packard printers may not address, please contact Network Operationsto discuss the issue.

All software acquired for or on behalf of the college or developed by college employees or contract personnel on behalf of the college is and shall be deemed college property. All such software must be used in compliance with applicable licenses, notices, contracts, and agreements.

Software Licensing
Each employee is individually responsible for reading, understanding, and following all applicable licenses, notice, contracts, and agreements for software that he or she uses or seeks to use on college computers. Unless otherwise provided in the applicable license, notice, contract, or agreement, any duplication or copyrighted software, except for backup and archival purposes, may be a violation of federal and state law. In addition to violating such laws, unauthorized duplication of software is a violation of the college's software/hardware policy.

Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager is installed on all Berry owned computers to insure the proper use of licensing across campus, maintain inventory, and to assist end users experiencing certain software problems or in need of application assistance.

Campus Agreement Software License 
Berry College has renewed our annual institution-wide licensing program with Microsoft Corporation to acquire a comprehensive package of desktop software for Berry owned computers. It also covers computer lab software use on campus as well as e-mail services for a one-year period. 

Students have the option of using Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus which can be downloaded and installed directly to the students computer from a web link in their email. Students can also opt to use Microsoft Office Web Apps through Skydrive for free. Both include is a software package that includes Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Access, Publisher, Lync (Office 365 ProPlus only), and SkyDrive Pro (Office Web Apps only).

Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus can be accessed by logging into your email at, clicking on the gear symbol in the upper-right hand corner of the browser window next to your name and then by selecting Office 365 settings, "Software - Install and manage software" and finally by clicking "Install."  Office Web Apps are available at the main Microsoft Skydrive site (creating an account will be necessary), and Office 365 ProPlus is available

Computer Purchasing Policy

All faculty and staff computers, peripheral devices, and non-discipline specific software are to be purchased through OIT (Office for Information Technology). This process ensures that any equipment purchased will be compatible with existing equipment and supportable on our network. This includes desktops, laptops, tablets, printers, scanners and any other piece of equipment connected to Berry-owned computers.

All faculty and staff computers, peripheral devices, and non-discipline specific software are to be purchased through OIT (Office for Information Technology). This process ensures that any equipment purchased will be compatible with existing equipment and supportable on our network. This includes desktops, laptops, tablets, printers, scanners and any other piece of equipment connected to Berry-owned computers.

OIT will be happy to work with you to define your needs and to help select the appropriate equipment regarding the purchase. We will also order the equipment for you and schedule its installation. Turnaround times normally are very short. OIT is positioned to obtain the best pricing for you and your department on many types of computer equipment and supplies while retaining compatibility with the Berry network.

Please e-mail OIT Purchasing at

Hardware and Software Standards Policy

The standard operating system is Windows 7 for PC and OS X 10.5 or 10.6 for MAC. The standard suite of software installed on Berry College computers is fully supported by OIT. The suite consists of Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook (Windows Systems) / Entourage (Macintosh Systems), and Forefront Antivirus (Windows systems).

Employees needing software other than the standard centrally supported software must request such software from the Director of User Support. Each request will be considered on a case-by-case basis in conjunction with the software-purchasing section of this policy. The standard hardware configuration for college computers is fully supported by User Support. Employees needing computer hardware other than the standard hardware must request such hardware from the Director. Each request will be considered on a case-by-case basis in conjunction with the hardware-purchasing section of this policy.


  1. No equipment may be connected to the college network without permission from OIT.
  2. All software including operating systems should be approved by and INSTALLED by OIT A+ Certified personnel.
  3. The computer name, administrator account(s), and system settings shall not be changed on Berry owned computers.
  4. If a computer has been upgraded and/or altered by someone other than OIT, or equipment added to the network that causes follow-up repair work, a per hour fee of $50 may be charged at the discretion of OIT.
  5. Non-Berry College support sources are generally not approved for hardware and software support. Any charges (unless previously approved by OIT) submitted for payment for outside support will not be reimbursed by the college.
  6. Computers which fall below the minimum standards for the college are allotted a 30 minute service call at no charge. If the computer in question requires more time to repair or if it requires replacement hardware/software, a per hour fee of $50 will also apply. The department to which the computer is assigned will be given the opportunity to decide whether or not to proceed with the work order beyond the 30 minute service call.
  7. A per hour fee of $50 will be charged to set up and/or upgrade technology equipment not purchased through OIT.

Mobile Computing Device Policy

This document defines the policy required to minimize the security risks associated with mobile computing devices. This policy applies to all Berry College users responsible for Berry-owned mobile computing devices.

The theft, loss or damage of Berry-owned information contained on a mobile computing device (laptop, tablet, cell-phone, flash or USB storage device) poses an increasing risk to the college as well as users. If data are compromised, significant costs can quickly arise due to legal implications, compliance with federal, state and college requirements, lost productivity, procurement of replacement devices and data.


  • Ensure that any person or department assigned a Berry-owned mobile computing device is aware of requirements to protect any sensitive information it may contain; and
  • Offer appropriate resources and support to end users to protect their data and hardware.

Sensitive Data is defined as:  

  • Data protected by law (HIPPA, FERPA, ECOA (Electronic Communication Privacy Act), CFAA (Computer Fraud and Abuse Act), US Patriot Act.
  • Student or employee personal information.
  • Medical data, including personal confidential information.
  • Sensitive financial data.
  • Intellectual property; e.g. research notes, data and commercially sensitive information.
  • Any information that a person would reasonably wish to remain private.

User Responsibility
Users and/or departments of Berry-owned mobile computing devices are responsible for knowing the security required for their assigned mobile computing device and taking appropriate precautions to protect the data:

  • If a mobile computing device has no sensitive data as listed above, then the custodian of the device does not have to do anything except:
    • Make sure the device has been fitted with a free irremovable security tag as long as the device can physically accommodate the tag. These metal warning plates provide a visible deterrent and, in addition, indelibly print a serial code on the device which cannot be easily removed; it has to be ground off. These tags are free from the OIT Technical Help Desk (706-238-5838).
    • Employs a strong screen password of at least six characters plus two special characters (i.e., !@#$%^&*).
    • Use a physical lock-down cable whenever feasible to protect against theft. Approved cables are available through the Technical Help Desk. 
  • If the mobile computing device has sensitive data, then the Technical Support Desk (706-238-5838) can assist in:
    • Making sure that the computing device is protected with a strong password protected screen when left unattended for more than fifteen (15) minutes. A strong password has at least six characters and two special characters.
    • Setting up a “boot” password for the device such that the device cannot be used by anyone until the “boot” password is entered correctly.
    • Enabling the encryption of all data on the hard drive containing.
    • Acquiring authorized USB encrypted storage drives (thumb drives).
  • If your mobile computing device is believed stolen or lost, the assigned custodian needs to advise Campus Safety (706-236-2262) and then Technical Support Desk (706-238-5838) in addition to your manager as soon as possible. In most cases this should be within four hours, preferably less which will ensure that recovery procedures can be activated as soon as is practicable.
  • It is recommended that if laptops store very sensitive data that they employ special tracking and recovery software. This special software will enable the tracing of a stolen laptop as soon as the stolen device is connected to the Internet. Contact the OIT Technical Support Desk for ordering information.

All Users of Mobile Computing Devices 

  • All devices synchronizing Berry email with their devices will be forced to utilize a password that locks their device every 15 minutes.
  • Compliance with this policy.
  • Security tag on device available free from the Technical Help Desk.
  • Strong screen password.
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