Policies for UW-Whitewater
Computers and Computer Based Information Access
The UW-Whitewater encourages faculty, staff and students to use university computer equipment and software in their educational pursuits and responsibilities. However, misuse of computer equipment, software, or information accessible through the UW-Whitewater website and network is subject to Chapter 293, Laws of 1981, 943.70, Computer Crimes. Computing & Network usage policy and responsibilities in using the Internet, and other policy guidelines of UW-Whitewater are available for review on the university web page (see: http://www.uww.edu/icit/governance/policies/)
Responsibilities in using Campus Network and Internet Access at UW-Whitewater
The campus network at UW-Whitewater provides Internet access, and access to various computer-based technologies, tools, and resources, including e-mail, calendars, and file storage. All UW-Whitewater students, staff and faculty can obtain access to computer resources through a personal account on the network. Having an account is a privilege, in exchange for which you must agree to certain responsibilities:
- Keep your password private; do not let others use your personal account.
- Delete or archive unneeded mail messages to save disk space.
- Be conservative in your use of all network resources.
- Be courteous and considerate of the rights of others.
- Avoid lengthy Internet sessions, especially sessions not related to coursework.
- Respect the fact that, at UW-Whitewater, the primary use of the Internet is academic: teaching, class assignments, research and communication, and administration.
The following actions are considered unacceptable and participation in them may result in disciplinary actions and the loss of your Internet account and privileges:
- Using another person's computer account without permission.
- Intentionally disrupting the work of other people.
- Using abusive, objectionable or threatening language in mail messages.
- Harassing other users through electronic means.
- Sending electronic chain letters.
- Causing network congestion by flooding the network with mail to lists or individuals.
- Using the network during long periods of time for non-academic purposes.
- Placing unlawful information on the network or using the network to commit a crime.
Playing games on the Internet is not considered an academic activity. iCIT may restrict access for game-players in order to conserve network resources for academic users.
Logging onto your personal account on the network constitutes agreement to the above guidelines. Remember that as an Internet user, you are accountable for your actions when accessing network services.