Procedure No.: 91.003 Page No.: 1, 2 and 3 of 3 Date Issued: 2/4/97 Issued By: David Fritchley
Access to the university's computing facilities and resources is granted solely to Ohio University faculty, staff, registered students, and individuals outside the university who are authorized to use services that have been made available through Ohio University. The university reserves the right to limit, restrict, or extend computing privileges and access to its resources.
Computers and network resources can provide access to resources both on and off campus. Such open access is a privilege, and requires that individual users act in a responsible and acceptable manner. Acceptable use always is ethical, reflects academic honesty, and shows restraint in the consumption of shared resources. Acceptable use demonstrates respect for intellectual property, truth in communication, ownership of data, system security mechanisms, and individuals' right to privacy and freedom of intimidation, harassment, and unwarranted annoyance. The university considers any violation of acceptable use principles or guidelines to be a serious offense and reserves the right to test and monitor security, and copy and examine any files or information resident on university systems allegedly related to unacceptable use.
Those who do not abide by the policies and guidelines listed below should expect at least suspension of computer privileges and possible disciplinary action in accordance with university rules for misconduct and existing judicial, disciplinary, or personnel processes. Offenders may also be subject to criminal prosecution under federal or state laws, and should expect the university to pursue such action.
Computer Services/Communication Network Services should be notified about violations of computer laws and policies, as well as about potential loopholes in the security of its computer systems and network. The user community is expected to cooperate with Computer Services/Communication Network Services in its operation of computer systems and networks as well as in the investigation of misuse or abuse.
In making acceptable use of resources, you must NOT:
Misuse of computing, networking, information, or World Wide Web resources may result in the loss of computing privileges. Additionally, misuse can be prosecuted under applicable statutes. Offenses that are in violation of local, state, or federal laws may be reported to the appropriate university and law enforcement authorities. Users may be held accountable for their conduct under any applicable university or campus policies, procedures, or collective bargaining agreements. Complaints alleging misuse of computer resources will be directed to those responsible for taking appropriate disciplinary action. Reproduction or distribution of copyrighted works, including, but not limited to, images, text, or software, without permission of the owner is an infringement of U.S. Copyright Law and is subject to civil damages and criminal penalties including fines and imprisonment. Violators will be subject to university rules and regulations.
Additional Use PoliciesAdditional use policies and terms and conditions may be in place for specific electronic services offered by Ohio University, such as the World Wide Web, Gopher, University Records, and Student Code of Conduct policies. You must familiarize yourself with any of these when you agree to use these services.
Dick Piccard revised this file (http://www.ohiou.edu/policy/s91-003.html) on February 27, 2003.
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