Acceptable Use Policy for Information Technology Resources at UNH

30 Acceptable Use Policy for Information Technology Resources at the University of New Hampshire

Purpose

The purpose of this Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) is to ensure an information technology (IT) infrastructure that promotes the basic missions of the University in teaching, research, administration, and service. In particular this AUP aims to promote these goals:

  1. To ensure the integrity, reliability, availability, and performance of IT resources.
  2. To ensure that use of IT resources is consistent with the principles and values that govern use of other University facilities and services.
  3. To ensure that IT resources are used for their intended purposes.
  4. To establish processes for addressing policy violations and sanctions for those committing violations.

 Scope

This Policy applies to all users of IT resources, including but not limited to University students, faculty, and staff, and to the use of all IT resources. These include systems, networks, and facilities administered by Information Technology (IT), as well as those administered by individual schools, departments, University laboratories, and other University-based entities. This includes the general public. Use of University IT resources, even when carried out on a privately-owned computer that is not managed or maintained by the University, is governed by this policy (OLPM UNH.VI.F.4.2).

User Responsibility

For complete and up-to-date content please refer to the Acceptable Use Policy for Information Technology Resources at UNH published on our Web site at: http://www.usnh.edu/olpm/UNH/VI.Prop/F.htm#5 . Users are specifically advised that infringement of copyright laws constitutes a violation of the Acceptable Use Policy, and that UNH follows an established process to respond to complaints from copyright holders about students who allegedly violate the copyright law through electronic means such as peer-to-peer file sharing through personal computers. If the university receives a lawfully ordered subpoena to provide personally identifiable information (such as name and address) matching an IP address that has been identified as an alleged source of copyright violations, it will comply. See also www.unh.edu/cis/dmca for information concerning the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and the University's compliance procedures for the sections that deal with online copyright infringement liability limitation. The policy is periodically reviewed and updated. It is the user's responsibility to familiarize herself/himself with the updates.