Computer Use Policies

Computing facilities and equipment are to be used only for University-related activities such as teaching and study. Use of CLU computer equipment or facilities for commercial purposes is neither authorized nor supported. The CLUnet Computer Use Policy provides specific details.

Software Use

The University purchases software licenses for the software that is available on CLUnet. Addition, removal, or transfer of such software without authorization is prohibited per U.S. Code, Title 17, Section 106. Users are required to use CLU-provided software as it was intended. Ownership or possession of illegal or damaging software, whether intentional or not, constitutes violation of the Computer Use Policy. Information Systems and Services will only provide support for University-approved software.

Illegal Access & Use

The University will not tolerate attempts to illegally access unauthorized machines via the computer network, to decrypt encrypted materials, or to obtain privileges to which the user is not entitled (hacking). Such conduct is prohibited per Public Law 98-473, Chapter XXI. Manipulation of files, access to unauthorized parts of CLUnet managed computers and network infrastructure, attempts to circumvent data protection schemes and/or to discover security loopholes, or possession of such software by clients is prohibited.

Client Accounts

Clients are assigned one account for individual use. Sharing an individual computer account with other persons is prohibited. Passwords should be protected from discovery or use by others. If account holders knowingly or carelessly make their password available to others, they may still be held accountable for any actions that may arise from use of their account by another individual. Authorization for access will be canceled when either a student terminates enrollment or fails to enroll for succeeding terms, or when an employee separates from or changes job assignments outside the scope of CLU.

Online Conduct & Netiquette

Users of CLUnet resources, including but not limited to electronic mail, bulletin boards, or discussion groups, are prohibited from sending or displaying messages or images that are libelous, patently offensive, or sexually explicit, or that intimidate, threaten, demean, or harass individuals or groups, or that would otherwise bring discredit to the University. Refer to the Campus Policy on Harassment in the Student, Faculty, and Staff Handbooks.

Printing Articles from Periodical Dabases

A client may print one copy of an article for personal study or use. One copy of an article may also be uploaded to ERes or WebCT, proving that a copyright notice is posted (See ERes and WebCT section). If a client requires additional copies to distribute to a class for example, a durable link to the article should be created, enabling clients to click on the link and access the article through a database such as ProQuest.

If a faculty member or student requires multiple copies of an article, the publisher must be contacted for permission.

If a user requires additional copies to distribute to a class for example, a durable link to the article should be created, enabling users to click on the link and access the article through a database such as ProQuest.

If a faculty member or student requires multiple copies of an article, the publisher must be contacted for permission.

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998

CLU enforces The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998. This law criminalizes the production and dissemination of technology used specifically to evade measures that prevent unlawful access to copyrighted works. The act also criminalizes attempts to elude access controls.

Downloading Electronic Files (MP3s, etc.)

University policy forbids the downloading, file sharing of unauthorized MP3s. The University is subject to legislation, and inspection of its servers and sites by such groups as the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America). These groups are authorized to act on behalf of their member companies in matters involving the infringement of their sound recordings, including enforcing their copyrights and common law right on the Internet.

Clients found distributing or storing MP3s on university servers and shares may be subject to disciplinary action as stated in the CLU Computer Use Policy. The person could also face criminal charges, state or federal, due to infringing activity on state-owned servers and workstations. Find out more about Peer-2-Peer Sharing.

 

 

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