Revised University Computing Policy

To the University Community:

During the 2006/7 academic year the University administration undertook a detailed review of the Guidelines for Responsible Computing, the policy document that our community has relied upon to establish the parameters of acceptable use of computing resources since 1997. The computing landscape has changed significantly during the ensuing decade due, in no small part, to the events of September 11, 2001, and the various national security initiatives that soon followed. It is with these developments in mind that the University has adopted the Policy for the Acceptable Use of University Computing Resources which replaces the Guidelines for Responsible Computing as the University’s official policy governing the manner in which members of the community may utilize the University’s information technology assets and capabilities.

Like its precursor, this new policy acknowledges the University’s commitment to abide standards of common practice in higher education and the terms and conditions of applicable collective bargaining agreements regarding community members’ proprietary interest in scholarly and research materials produced within the scope of their employment. At the same time, this new policy strives to ensure that all members of the community are fully aware that local, state and federal laws, and the University’s administrative policies and prerogatives may limit those anticipated rights and privileges.

The revised policy calls for a new procedure whereby every member of the University community maintaining an active user account will be required to read and affirm that they understand and accept the terms and conditions of the policy. This process will be repeated annually in order for users to maintain access privileges to our University systems. The procedure will be instituted for the first time during the fall 2007 term. Instructions for doing so will be distributed under separate cover approximately one week prior to implementation. In the meantime, please feel free to review the new computing policy by clicking on the URL below.

Policy on Responsible Use of University Computing Resources


Ed Chapel

Vice President for Information Technology