Acceptable Use Policy | Spalding University Policy Guide

1.4.0: Acceptable Use Policy

Prohibited Uses of Internet Systems and Services:

1. Theft or other abuse of the campus network, computers, or computer time, including but not limited to:

a. Unauthorized entry into a file to use, read, or change the contents or for any other purpose.

b. Unauthorized transfer of a file.

c. Unauthorized use of another individual’s identification or password.

d. Use of computers or computing facilities and resources to interfere with the work of another student, faculty member, or University official.

e. Use of computing facilities and resources in violation of copyright laws.

2. Illegal Use: Transmission, distribution, or storage of any material in violation of an applicable law or regulation is prohibited. This includes, without limitation, pornography, viruses, worms, or harmful code, material protected by copyright, trademark, trade secret, or other intellectual property right used without proper authorization. Students shall comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998.

3. Threats: Threats of bodily harm or destruction of property, or any other communication that constitutes an illegal threat or harassment.

4. Reselling: The resale of Internet Service or otherwise making available to anyone outside the premises the ability to use the Service (i.e. Wi-Fi, or other methods of networking) without proper authorization.

5. Impersonation/Forgery: The use of the Internet Service for the impersonation of another person for any purpose, including, without limitation, adding, removing, or modifying email or network header information, use of free email services, selling or auction services, and chat or other instant messaging services. Identity theft, misuse, or misrepresentation of one’s identity on the Internet is a violation of KY state law and covered under section 18 of the United States Federal Code.

6. Disruptions and Network Unfriendly Behavior: Any activities, intentional or otherwise, which adversely affect the ability of other Students or Clients of BluegrassNet to use Internet Services or the Internet. This includes, without limitation, denial of service (DOS) attacks, unauthorized attempts to gain access to any account or computer resource not belonging to the student or employee, the alternation, destruction, or misuse of information by any means or device, the interference or disruption of services.

7. Network Security: The operation, through action or inaction, of student or University owned computers and equipment in an unsecured manner which permits others to use the Residence Hall Internet Service in a means that is in violation of this AUP or any applicable law or regulation including, without limitation, DOS attacks, the proliferation of viruses or worms, email relaying and unsolicited email (“email spam”).

8. Email: Sending unsolicited mail messages, including the sending of “junk mail” or other advertising material to individuals who did not specifically request such material (“email spam”). This includes, without limitation, bulk-mailing of commercial advertising, informational announcements, and political tracts. Students and employees in violation of this policy will be subject to a fine by the internet service provider of no less than five dollars ($5.00 US), not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500.00 US), per mail message. It also includes, without limitation, posting the same or similar message to one or more newsgroups (excessive cross-posting or multiple-posting).

9. Deception: Obtaining or attempting to obtain service by any means or device with intent to avoid payment, or advertising, transmitting, or otherwise making available any software, program, product, or service, which includes, without limitation, the facilitation of the means to send email spam, initiation of pinging, flooding, mail-bombing, DOS attacks, and piracy of software.

10. Use of any technology to create, display or distribute an audio, video, digital file, picture or film of another individual without that person’s knowledge and consent while the person is in a place the individual would have reasonable expectation of privacy.