Acceptable Use Policy and account creation
Saint Martin's University ("SMU", "we", "the University", "our")
provides numerous information technology resources for use by the
University community to support its educational mission. The use of
these resources must be consistent with the goals of the University. As
a member of the University community, you are expected to act
responsibly and to follow the University's guidelines, policies, and
procedures in utilizing information technology and electronic networks
accessed by such technology.
These information technology resources include computers and
computer services as well as access to our on-campus network, the
Internet, World Wide Web and other online computer networks
(collectively, "online networks"). We encourage members of the
University community to use online networks for educational purposes
under the appropriate circumstances. However, in order to protect our
rights and the rights of others, certain rules must be followed.
The University's Integrated Technology Acceptable Use Policy
includes the following guidelines that apply to all University community
members, including faculty, students, staff or other users:
Respect the rights of others to freedom from harassment or
intimidation. Sending of abusive or unwanted material causing
the work or University experience of others to be disrupted is a
violation of University policies, may violate the law and is
unacceptable. Targeting another person, group or organization to
cause distress, embarrassment, injury, unwanted attention or
other substantial discomfort is harassment and is prohibited.
Abide by security restrictions on all systems and information.
Use your assigned personal login account for all computer
access. Using another person's account or making your password
or another person's password or access code available to others
or otherwise attempting to evade, disable or "crack" password or
other security provisions or assisting others in doing so
threatens the work, privacy and well-being of many others and is
a serious violation of University policies, and is grounds for
immediate suspension of your access privileges and other
disciplinary action. You will be held responsible and will be
liable for any harm resulting from your disclosing or allowing
disclosure or improper use of a password.
Prohibition of improper advertising, solicitation, chain
letters, mass emails, hoax email and pyramid schemes. Use of any
online network to send unsolicited advertising, promotional
material or other forms of solicitation to others is prohibited,
except as permitted by law and when not prohibited by University
policies and in those areas that are designated for such a
purpose, for example, a classified ad area. Transmissions of
chain letters and pyramid schemes of any kind are prohibited.
Certain chain letters and pyramid schemes are illegal.
Do not post or transmit offensive graphic files. Transmitting
through or posting on any online network sexually explicit
images or any other content deemed to be offensive and
inappropriate for academic use is prohibited. Viewing or
transmitting sexually explicit material may constitute a
violation of the University's sexual harassment policy.
Accept responsibility for your own work by learning appropriate
uses of software to maintain the integrity of what you create.
Keep archives and backup copies of important work. Learn and
properly use the features for securing or sharing access to your
information on any computers you use. Change passwords
frequently and do not share them.
Unauthorized software installations and/or system modifications
are prohibited. Installation of software onto networked or
system hard drives may only be done by authorized personnel.
System modifications of SMU owned computers may only be done by
authorized personnel. Such restrictions are designed to ensure
Respect copyright and other intellectual-property rights.
Information, software, photographs, videos, graphics, music,
sounds and other material (collectively "content") may be
subject to copyright, trademark, trade secrets or other
proprietary rights. Any unauthorized copying or distribution of
such content will be considered a violation of University
policies, and may constitute a violation of law, fraud,
plagiarism or theft. Software licensed by the University must
only be used in accordance with the applicable license.
Modifying or damaging information without authorization
(including but not limited to altering data, introducing viruses
or simply damaging files) is unethical, a violation of
University policies and may be a felony.
Identify yourself clearly and accurately in electronic
communication. Anonymous or pseudo-anonymous communications
appear to dissociate you from responsibility for your actions
and are inappropriate. Concealing your identity or
misrepresenting your name or affiliation to mask or attempt to
distance yourself from irresponsible or offensive behavior is a
serious abuse and violation of University policies.
Communication under a false name or designation or a name or
designation you are not authorized to use, including instances
in conjunction with representing that you are somehow acting on
behalf of or under the auspices of Saint Martin's University is
prohibited and constitutes fraud.
Use resources efficiently. Accept limitations or restrictions on
computing resources, such as storage space, time limits or
amount of resources consumed, when so instructed by the
University. Such restrictions are designed to ensure fair access
for all users.
Recognize limitations to privacy in electronic communications.
You may have an expectation that the contents of what you write
or otherwise create, store and send can be seen only by those to
whom you intend or give permission; however, the security of
electronic information on shared systems and networks is
approximately that of paper documents -- fairly reliable and
generally respected, but breachable by someone determined to do
so. Also note that, as part of their responsibilities, technical
managers or other persons may need to view file contents.