As a part of the institutional infrastructure, NOUN acquires, develops, and maintains computers, computer systems, and networks. These computing resources are intended for University-related purposes, including direct and indirect support of the University's instruction, research, and service missions; of University administrative functions; of student activities; and of the free exchange of ideas among members of the University community and between the University community and the wider local, national, and world communities.
The use of University computing resources, like the use of any other University-provided resource and like any other University-related activity, is subject to the normal requirements of legal and ethical behavior within the University community. Thus, permitted use of a computer, computer system, or network does not extend to whatever is technically possible. Although some limitations are built into computer operating systems and networks, those limitations are not the sole restrictions on what is permissible. Users must abide by all applicable restrictions, whether or not they are built into the operating system or network and whether or not they can be circumvented by technical means. Policy on the Use of University Computing Resources
- Users must comply with all federal, state and other applicable law; as well as all generally applicable University rules and policies. Examples of such potentially applicable laws, rules and policies include the laws of libel, privacy, copyright, trademark, obscenity and child pornography; the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, which prohibit "hacking", "cracking", and similar activities, the University's code of student conduct, the University's Business Conduct Policy, and the University's sexual harassment policy. Users who engage in electronic communications with persons in other states or countries or on other systems or networks should be aware that they may also be subject to the laws of those other states and countries and the rules and policies of those other systems and networks. Users must be sure that the use of any downloaded material (including print, audio, and video) stored on University or personal computers is not in violation of copyright laws.
- Users are responsible for complying with the to the software files and other data they install on University or personal systems. Proof of legal licensing should be available upon request.
- Users may utilize only those computing resources that they are authorized to use and use them only in the manner and to the extent authorized. Ability to access computing resources does not, by itself, imply authorization to do so. Users are responsible for ascertaining what authorizations are necessary and for obtaining them before proceeding. Accounts and passwords may not, under any circumstances, be shared with, or used by, persons other than those to whom they have been assigned by the University not even with family members or a partner.
- Users must respect the privacy of other users and their accounts, regardless of whether those accounts are securely protected. Again, ability to access other persons' accounts does not, by itself, imply authorization to do so.
- Users must respect the finite capacity of those resources and limit use so as not to consume an unreasonable amount of those resources or to interfere unreasonably with the activity of other users. Although there is no set bandwidth, disk space, CPU time, or other limit applicable to all users of University computing resources, the University may require users of those resources to limit or refrain from specific uses in accordance with this principle. The reasonableness of any particular use will be judged in the context of all the relevant circumstances.
- NOUN computing and network resources and services may be used only by authorized persons for University-related purposes. Users are expected to respect the priority of University business and keep personal use to a minimum. Mass e-mailing or spamming of sub-populations in the NOUN community are not allowed, except as authorized by appropriate administrators. The use of automated scripting programs to generate address lists for mass mailings is not allowed, except for staff and Schools who secure permission for the mailing from Human Resources. Please refer to the NOUN E-mail Policy.
- Individuals may not state or imply that they speak on behalf of the University and may not use University trademarks and logos without authorization to do so.
Affiliation with the University does not, by itself, imply authorization to speak on behalf of the University. Authorization to use University trademarks and logos on University computing resources must be obtained prior to their use. The use of appropriate disclaimers is encouraged e.g. "the thoughts expressed here are my personal opinion and do not represent the position of NOUN in any way."
The University may temporarily suspend or block access to an account, prior to the initiation or completion of an investigation, when it reasonably appears necessary to do so in order to protect the integrity, security, or functionality of University or other computing resources or to protect the University from liability. The University may also refer suspected violations of applicable law to appropriate law enforcement agencies. Users who violate this policy may be subject to disciplinary action, and may be denied further access to University computing resources.