UW-Whitewater Acceptable Use Policy

Approved: March 30, 2015


The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Network (the "Network") incorporates all electronic communication and computing equipment, along with associated peripherals and infrastructure at locations both on the UW-Whitewater campus, and at off-campus educational and research centers. The Network is provided to support the University's mission of education, research, and service as well as to provide support for administrative needs. Any other uses, including uses that jeopardize the integrity of the Network, the privacy or safety of other users, or that are otherwise illegal are prohibited.

By using or accessing the UW-Whitewater campus network, you agree to adhere to all local, state and federal laws, and all other applicable University and UW-System policies and guidelines. You are responsible for staying informed about University policies regarding the use of computer and network resources. You are also responsible for complying with all applicable polices. The current Network Infrastructure Use Policy and other policies dictating access to information resources can be found at http://uww.edu/icit/policies-agreements.

Appropriate and Reasonable Use Definitions

Appropriate and responsible use of UW-Whitewater's computing and networking infrastructure, as well as electronic information, is defined as use that is consistent with the teaching, learning, research, and administrative objectives of the University. Appropriate use includes: instruction, independent study, research, communications, and official work of UW-Whitewater units, recognized campus organizations, and entities or persons formally associated with the University.

Unacceptable Use

The following activities are NOT acceptable use of the campus network resources:

  • Damaging or performing unauthorized removal of networking equipment, software or data
  • Tampering with network hardware, wiring, or software
  • Disrupting or interfering with the normal operation of network communications, generating excessive network activity, or performing unauthorized monitoring of network traffic
  • Willfully introducing computer viruses or other disruptive programs into the Network, which are intended to damage or create excessive load on network resources
  • Intentionally violating or attempting to bypass network security strategies
  • Using unauthorized accounts, passwords, IP addresses or other network access information
  • Accessing or modifying any software, files, data or other University information for which an individual has not been given authorization
  • Using network resources to harass or intimidate others
  • Using network resources to impersonate others or to forge another's identity
  • Interfering with the computing activities of others
  • Setting up network services or equipment without knowledge or involvement of ICIT
  • Violating state, federal and/or copyright laws
  • Using network resources for commercial activity or financial gain which does not conform to UW-Whitewater rules and regulations
  • Sharing UW-Whitewater computer account credentials

Network Security Requirements

Information security at UW-Whitewater is the shared responsibility. To maintain security users must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Protect your login ID and password. The person to whom an account is assigned will be held accountable for any activity originating from that account
  • Do not access data or systems to which you have not been given specific authority
  • Take reasonable steps to ensure that your computer, tablet, or mobile device does not create a security risk when connected to the network; that includes keeping operating systems, antivirus and all other software up-to-date
  • Report any security violations to the University's IT department
  • Be aware of all official communications regarding network security threats

Access Restrictions

Access to campus network resources may be wholly or partially restricted by the University without prior notice and without the consent of the user when:

  • It is required by and consistent with law
  • There is reason to believe that violations of policy or law have taken place
  • The continued access/use of network resources by an individual significantly affects the integrity, performance, or security of the campus network as a whole
  • When there is reason to believe that a device has been infected or compromised by malicious software that jeopardizes the security of the campus network as a whole

The individual will be notified of the reason and duration of the access restriction as soon as possible. Access will be restored when the situation has been resolved. Penalties for violating University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and UW-System policies may include:

  • Restricted access or loss of access to the Network
  • Disciplinary actions
  • Termination and/or expulsion from the University
  • Civil and/or criminal liability


While all efforts will be made to ensure confidentiality, users should be aware that data (including e-mail) might, due to software or hardware failure, become accessible to those who are not explicitly authorized for that access. No guarantee of complete privacy is made or implied by this policy. The University reserves the right to review and/or monitor any transmissions sent or received through the UW-Whitewater Network. Access may occur in the following circumstances:

  • In accordance with generally accepted, network administration practices
  • To prevent or investigate any actual or potential information security incidents and system misuse, if deemed necessary by authorized personnel
  • To investigate reports of violation of local, state, or federal law, and/or University and/or UW-System policy
  • To comply with legal requests for information (such as subpoenas and public records requests)
  • To retrieve information in emergency circumstances where there is a threat to health, safety, or University property involved

Global Policies

Global policies are maintained to set guidelines expected behavior of all campus community members while using shared network and computer resources.