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Information Resources Acceptable Use Agreement
May 28, 2013
This agreement governs use of Santa Clara University information technology (IT) resources and applies to University IT resources, both off and on campus, in offices, classrooms, laboratories, hallways, public spaces, residence halls, and University apartments, etc. The purpose of this agreement is to maximize the value of University IT resources, permit maximum freedom of use consistent with state and federal law, University policies, and policies of the Santa Clara University Board of Trustees, in order to support a productive work environment.
Santa Clara University IT resources are intended for official University related purposes, including support of the University’s teaching, research, and service missions, its administrative functions, and its student and campus life activities. Use of Santa Clara University IT resources must comply with state and federal laws, University policies, and policies of the Santa Clara University Board of Trustees.
Personal Use LimitedThe primary purpose of University IT resources is to conduct official University business. However, occasionally employees may use the Internet and electronic mail for individual, non-political purposes on their personal time, if such use does not violate the terms and conditions of this agreement. Use of the Internet and electronic mail offers employees an opportunity to develop research and communication skills valuable to the effectiveness and efficiency of our teaching, research, and service missions
Academic Freedom and Associated ResponsibilitiesThe First Amendment rights of academic freedom and freedom of expression apply to the use of University IT resources as do the responsibilities associated with those rights. The use of University IT resources like the use of other University resources and like any other University related activity is subject to the normal requirements of legal and ethical behavior. Therefore, in addition to this agreement, the use of University IT resources is also governed by all University policies and policies of the Santa Clara University Board of Trustees.
Privacy Not Reasonably ExpectedThe University may have a business necessity or reason to access files and accounts of its employees or students, including the investigation of complaints of misuse. It is therefore unreasonable for any user of Santa Clara University IT resources to have an expectation of privacy in the use of such resources.
Prohibited ActionsSanta Clara University IT resources shall not be used for:
Users of Santa Clara University IT resources shall not:
ScopeThis agreement applies to all users of Santa Clara University IT resources, whether affiliated with the University or not, and to all uses of those resources, whether on campus, off campus, or from remote locations.
DefinitionInformation Technology (IT) resources refers to an array of products and services that collect, transform, transmit, present, and otherwise make data into usable, meaningful and accessible information. IT resources include but are not limited to: desktop, laptop, portable storage and mobile devices, and e-mail, voicemail, servers, central computers, and networks; network access systems including wireless systems; hard drives and databases; computer software; printers and projectors; telephone equipment and switches including local and long-distance services; camcorders, TVs, video players, and FAX machines; satellite equipment and any other current or future IT resource adopted by the University.
ResponsibilityAll users of Santa Clara University IT resources are responsible for compliance with this agreement. Users of Santa Clara University IT resources shall be held responsible for all account activities and for appropriate charges.
Non-ComplianceReport suspected violations of this agreement to the appropriate supervisor, department head, Dean, Vice President or to the Human Resources Department. Depending on the seriousness of an offense, violation of this agreement can result in penalties ranging from reprimand, to loss of use, to referral to University authorities for disciplinary action, to criminal prosecution. Use of these resources is a privilege, not a right, and abuse may result in the immediate removal of privileges pending final resolution.
InquiriesStudents, faculty, staff, visitors, system administrators, supervisors or others who are unsure about how to deal with any aspect of this Information Resource Use Agreement should contact the Information Security Office prior to taking any action.
Acknowledgement AgreementAll students, faculty, and staff shall sign the following acknowledgment: