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Use of Information Technology Resources

Use of Information Technology Resources

Academic and Student Affairs
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McNeeseState University provides access to computing, networking, telecommunications, and other information technology (IT) resources in support of its vision, mission, and philosophy and its responsibility for education, research, and service in Southwest Louisiana.  Accordingly, the University encourages and promotes the use of these resources by the University community, within institutional priorities and financial capabilities.  Access to and use of these resources and services are privileges (not rights) which must be accepted in strict compliance with all applicable laws and with the highest standards of ethical behavior.

This policy applies to all faculty, staff and students accessing and using computing, networking, telecommunications, and other IT resources through any facility of McNeese State University.  Such resources include, but are not limited to, computer and network systems, hardware, software, databases, support personnel and services, physical facilities, and data communications systems and services.  In addition, the University recognizes that users are also bound by local, state, and federal laws relating to copyrights, licenses, security, and other statutes relating to IT resources. 

Policy for Use of Information Technology Resources

All users of the University's IT resources must act in a responsible, ethical, professional, and legal manner.

Users and system administrators must all guard against abuses that disrupt or threaten the viability of all systems, including those at the University and those on networks to which the University's systems are connected.

Federal law permits system administrators to access electronic mail. Although it is not common practice at MSU, the University reserves and will exercise the right to review, audit, intercept, access and disclose all matters on the University's electronic resources at any time, with or without employee notice, and that such access may occur during or after working hours. Any information submitted over the Network is insecure and could be observed by a third party while in transit.

Any use of the IT resources of McNeese State University that interferes with the educational, scholarly, research, service, operational or management activities of the University is strictly prohibited. University computing facilities and accounts are to be used for the University-related activities for which they are assigned. The University reserves the right to suspend, limit, restrict, or extend computing privileges and access to its IT resources.  All users must use resources responsibly, refrain from actions and conduct that waste the University's limited resources and/or prevent others from using these resources (such as chain letters, junk e-mail, etc.), including engaging in conduct that is reasonably calculated to obstruct or disrupt the use of any system or network by others. Every user is responsible for the integrity of University IT resources. All users must respect the rights of other computer users, respect the integrity of the physical facilities and controls, and respect all pertinent license and contractual agreements.

Individual units within the University may define additional conditions for acceptable use of facilities and resources under their control which are consistent with this policy statement, and which may provide additional detail, guidelines and restrictions. The disregard of any aspect of this policy, whether intentional or unintentional, may result in removal or denial of access privileges. In circumstances in which the integrity or security of facilities may be compromised, this removal or denial may be immediate. Alleged violations of any aspect of this policy will be processed in accordance with the appropriate process outlined in University rules, personnel policies and procedures, and applicable collective bargaining agreements. Violations may also be referred for civil and/or criminal prosecution under applicable state and federal laws.

It is the policy of the McNeese State University that all members of its community act in accordance with these responsibilities and with the highest standard of ethics.