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Information on university and department computer use policy

All users of the department's computer systems must follow the University's Appropriate Use Policy found at 

For clarity, several points of the policy are highlighted below.

Systems Are For Academic Use Only

The department computer systems are to be used for academic purposes and limited personal use. Any use for business purposes, illegal activity or other use violating university policy is expressly forbidden. Reasonable use for personal purposes (such as web surfing, email, etc.) is permissible as long as it does not interfere with others use or violate university policy.

Interfering With Others Use

Any use of the computer system that interferes with another's use is unacceptable. This includes monopolization of network bandwidth, excessive use of disk storage space and running of programs that utilize all of the system resources without relinquishing them. Tampering with any university computers (including turning them off, unplugging them from the network or other devices) is also prohibited as this can affect others who are using the system remotely.

Unauthorized Access

Using any account other than your own for any purposes is not allowed. Accessing another user's files with the exception of public files, share directories and web files is expressly forbidden. Any attempt to break into another account, guess another user's password, or hack into any computer system will be dealt with to the full extent of university policy.

Academic Honesty

All computer use should be consistent with the university's academic honesty policies. Any use of the computer systems to violate these policies or the honesty policies in any course will be dealt with according to university policy.

Privacy Expectations

Under typical situations the privacy of user files and data will be respected. However, there are a couple exceptions to this. First, the system administrator may need to access and make changes to user account in order to ensure proper running of the department computer systems. Secondly, with approval of the department chair, department faculty may examine the contents of user files to address questions of academic honesty and other violations of university policies.

Installation and Running of Software

Installing software without permission of the system administrator is not allowed. Requests for any software installation can be made to the system administrator. Running any server software (e.g. web server, chat server or game server) is not allowed with the exception of projects for a course or with permission of the system administrator.