Use of University information resources
through any medium or environment is a privilege
extended in good faith, on such terms and
conditions as the University deems appropriate,
to authorized students, employees, alumni and
others for legitimate purposes related to
education, public service, research, and
administration. By using any University
information resource, the user agrees to abide
by all applicable copyright and licensing
requirements. Additionally, the University
reserves the right to regulate individual
resource usage to promote optimum system-wide
performance and/or optimum performance for
critical or priority functions. Responsible
users should avoid actions that may inflict
needless expense upon the University or others.
Except for authorized University business, the
use of these resources for fundraising,
solicitation or commercial (i.e., a private or
personal business) purposes is prohibited.
Information resources include, but are not
limited to, computer hardware; software;
mainframe resources; local area networks; access
to external networks for local, national, and
international sources of electronically
generated, stored and transmitted information;
University e-mail addresses; address lists
and/or labels for faculty, staff, students and
alumni; and campus directories for faculty,
staff, and students.
The University, including its computing and networking facilities, is a forum for the exchange of information and ideas and, therefore, cannot protect users from materials they may find offensive. Such materials, however, shall not be represented nor construed as an endorsement or approval by the University.
The University does not guarantee the privacy of users, their electronic files, or their communications. The University reserves the right, as owner, to preserve, monitor or inspect for business purposes any information transmitted through or stored in its computers, and may do so periodically to verify that software and hardware are working correctly, to look for particular kinds of data or software (such as computer viruses), or to audit the use of University resources. In cases of misuse, the University also reserves the right to deny access to computing facilities.
When sources outside the University request an inspection and/or examination of any University-owned or -operated communications system, computing resource, and/or files or information contained therein, the University will treat information as confidential except:
When notice is
required by law, court order, or subpoena, users
will receive prior notice of such disclosures.
Users are responsible for all communications they transmit through the University’s computers, networks and systems. Users should exercise caution when downloading executable programs via electronic communications to prevent interjecting computer viruses into University computers and/or networks. The following are examples of prohibited activities:
E-mail is an
official medium for communicating with faculty,
staff and students. All faculty, staff and
students are responsible for checking their
University e-mail accounts in a timely fashion
and on a regular basis.
Use of University information resources is governed by all applicable University policies and state and federal laws. Abuse of information resource privileges may result in the loss of those privileges and in disciplinary action, including termination of employment, expulsion, and/or prosecution. Abuse of networks or computers at other sites through the use of University resources will be treated as an abuse of information resource privileges at the University.
Allocation and Use of Technology Resources
The Vice President for Academic Affairs, with recommendation and guidance from the Director of Computer Services and the Information and Instructional Technology Committee, is responsible for the general allocation and use of technology resources in accord with the University’s purpose and goals. Allocations of technology resources are made through the budget and planning process. In addition, the Information and Instructional Technology Committee assists the Director of Computer Services and the Vice President for Academic Affairs by recommending general guidelines and institutional priorities for the allocation and use of technology.
The Vice President for Academic Affairs, or other individual designated by the President, has the authority and responsibility for the development of technology standards and guidelines to ensure effective implementation of this policy, and for evaluating the effectiveness thereof. The Vice President for Academic Affairs is also responsible for evaluating that the allocation and use of technology resources adequately addresses the needs of academic and administrative units.
Last Revised 4/08