UMBC Campus Policies

POLICY FOR RESPONSIBLE COMPUTING AT UMBC


PREAMBLE

This Policy sets forth the principles that govern appropriate use of computing and digital information resources. Such resources are the property of the State of Maryland, and users are bound by all pertinent University, State, and Federal policies and statutes. Access to UMBC computing resources is a privilege granted by the University. Computing policies, like other university policies, where ever possible are governed by the principle of academic freedom.

POLICY STATEMENT

UMBC provides access to computing and information resources for students, staff, faculty, and certain other users in support of UMBC's mission of teaching, research, public service, and in support of the official duties of the University. When activating an account, a user implicitly affirms that: they will abide by the broadest interpretation of the following policies; failure to follow policies may result in loss of computing privileges; UMBC may monitor computer use to protect the system; and the university may terminate the account of anyone who has been determined to use his or her access for unlawful purposes or in contravention of this policy. Computer users shall:

EXAMPLES OF ACTIVITIES SPECIFICALLY PROHIBITED

The following are some of the things that are prohibited activities; this list in not inclusive. No person may:

ACTION TO PRESERVE PUBLIC SAFETY OR INTEGRITY OF COMPUTING RESOURCES

If an University Computing Services(UCS) official reasonably believes that a user is engaged in activities which may pose an imminent threat to: 1) the health or safety of others; 2) the integrity of data; or 3) computing resources which may adversely affect system operations, the official may temporarily suspend user privileges for no more than two working days (excluding weekends and university holidays) before consulting an Administration official.

In all other cases, the UCS official shall consult the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and follow existing University procedures, where applicable, prior to:

If appropriate, or required, findings from investigations may be reported to other University officials for review and action, or to State or Federal authorities.

INFORMING USER OF ACTIONS TAKEN

Unless such notification may impede an investigation, within one week University officials shall disclose in writing to an affected user that:

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF POLICY

By activating a computing account, a user implicitly agrees to abide by the above policy in its entirety.

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Freeman A. Hrabowski, President
26 September 1996