the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Email Policy

Electronic mail (e-mail) is the primary means of communication about classes, registration, activities and campus functions, facilitating the exchange of information in support of and consistent with the mission of SBTS. All students are expected to check e-mails regularly.

Users are responsible for all usage of e-mail service and for maintaining the confidentiality of the user name and password, as well as the content of all transmissions. Users agree to indemnify and hold SBTS harmless for any loss or damage arising from the content of any message. Users must supervise minors, persons under 18 years of age, who utilize seminary e-mail. This service cannot be used to gain unauthorized access to any other attached network or system. Since senders are accountable for the contents of communication through institutional email, this service must be used in an appropriate and ethical manner, not to transmit or distribute communications designed to annoy, offend or harass others. The misuse of electronic mail may result in loss of privileges, disciplinary sanction or legal action.

Use of Service. Electronic mail (e-mail) is to be used to facilitate the exchange of information in support of and consistent with the mission of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. This service is to be used in an appropriate and ethical manner and is not to be used to transmit or distribute communications meant to offend, annoy or harass others.

Responsibilities. You are responsible for all usage of this service and for maintaining the confidentiality of your user name and password.

You are responsible for the content of all transmissions. You agree to indemnify and hold The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary harmless for any loss or damage arising from the content of any message.

You should never consider your electronic communications to be either private or secure. E-mail may be stored indefinitely on any number of computers, including that of the recipient. Copies of your messages may be forwarded to others either electronically or on paper. In addition, e-mail sent to nonexistent or incorrect usernames may be delivered to persons that you never intended.

It is very important that you use the same care and discretion in drafting e-mail as you would for any other written communication. Anything created or stored on the computer may, and likely will be viewed by others.

Material that is fraudulent, harassing, embarrassing, sexually explicit, profane, obscene, intimidating, defamatory, or otherwise unlawful or inappropriate may not be sent by e-mail. If you encounter this kind of material, you should immediately report the incident to Network and Computing Services.

Do not forward or initiate chain e-mail. Chain e-mail is a message sent to a number of people asking each recipient to send copies with the same message to a specified number of others. Do not forward e-mail to any person or entity without the expressed permission of the sender.

Never alter the “From:” line or other attribution-of-origin information on your e-mail. Anonymous or pseudonymous messages are forbidden.

You are to supervise the usage of this service by any minor (persons under 18 years of age) whom you permit to use this service.

This service is not to be used to gain unauthorized access to any other attached network or system. The misuse of electronic mail may result in loss of privileges, disciplinary action, legal action, or dismissal.

Users who fail to comply with these guidelines may be subject to disciplinary action, including revocation of e-mail privileges. Repeated violations of this policy may result in termination.

Approved by Executive Strategies Group on October 2, 2002.  Last Reviewed: March 2013.

That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.