ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY
TITLE: IS Resource Acceptable Use Policy
EFFECTIVE DATE: April 13, 2018
DEPARTMENT: Information Security
Authorized: Dr. Robert Owen, Vice Provost for Information Services & CIO
Santa Clara University provides information technology resources to support the mission of the University in making resources accessible to staff, faculty and students for instruction, administration and research. These resources must be controlled and managed to ensure resources are continuously available for these uses. To support a productive work environment, permit maximum freedom of use consistent with state and federal law, and University policies, end users must agree to abide by this Acceptable Use Policy, and confirm their acknowledgement on a reasonably regular basis.
To maximize the value of University IT resources, permit maximum freedom of use consistent with state and federal law, and University policies in order to support a productive work environment.
Applies to all users of Santa Clara University IT resources, whether affiliated with the University or not, and to all uses of those resources, including but not limited to whether on campus, off campus, including in offices, classrooms, laboratories, hallways, public spaces, residence halls, and University apartments.
The 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, if such use does not violate the terms and conditions of this agreement.
The 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.
The 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, in addition to this policy, is also governed by all University policies.
All persons in scope must acknowledge their acceptance of this policy annually. Policy acceptance will be sought electronically at time of a user logging in to the network to use SCU digital resources.
All 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-acceptance of this policy may result in network service access being denied.
Report suspected violations of this policy to the appropriate supervisor, department head, Dean, Vice President, Student Life, or to the Human Resources Department. Depending on the seriousness of an offense, violation of this policy 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.
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, email, 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.
Questions or comments to email@example.com
Last Reviewed: April 2020
Next Scheduled Review: April 2022
IS.100 IS Resource Acceptable Use Policy, 2018.04.13