Student Computer Use - Acceptable Use Policy

Franklin Pierce University provides students access to computing resources, including equipment and access to networks, as an integral part of the educational environment. As an academic community, Franklin Pierce University is dedicated to the free, open examination and exchange of ideas in the pursuit of knowledge. To preserve the privilege of network access, standards of behavior as outlined here apply to the use of resources. These guidelines are supplemental to, and to be used in conjunction with the Student Code of Conduct and the Honor Code. All equipment, network connections and computing facilities are the property of Franklin Pierce University. Use of networked resources implies acceptance of this policy.

General Information
Use of network resources is a privilege. The University reserves the right, without notice, to limit or restrict any individual's use, pending the resolution of alleged abuse of network resources. Each account includes email service to facilitate communication for faculty, staff, and students. The primary purpose of the computer lab is academic and University-related work. Each network account is provided with storage on the network. Students' data, stored on the network, may be accessed by University personnel for appropriate management purposes, such as making back-up copies and reviewing reports of abuse.

  • Students are responsible for safeguarding their network accounts, including user IDs and passwords. Students are expected to use this account in a responsible manner.
  • Students are responsible for any network activity through their network account or originating from their equipment. 
  • Students are responsible for configuring the identification of their personal computers to match the user ID of their network accounts.

Inappropriate Use
The University's information technology equipment and services should be used in a responsible manner at all times. Inappropriate use or abuse of the University's information technology equipment/services will be considered serious policy violations. These include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Abusing, intimidating, threatening, or harassing another individual
• Sending unsolicited obscene material
• Interfering with the work of others
• Vandalizing, tampering with, or theft of the University's computing equipment or services in any way. This includes, but is not limited to, installation or modification of system software (unless under instruction from a professor during class), programs, and hardware configuration (including the installation of wireless routers);
• Searching for, or providing information about, another user's account, password or data files;
• Sharing network accounts with unauthorized users;
• Distributing unsolicited mass mailings (spamming);
• Using University network equipment and services for commercial purposes or unsolicited advertising;
• Download, saving and/or sharing illegally obtained or otherwise copyright-protected materials via the University’s network ; this is against the law and you could be liable for federal penalties (Basic information on Copyright Infringement)

Enforcement
The University is responsible for investigating possible violations of University code and enforcing rules, which could result in the monitoring of stored material and/or disciplinary action. All allegations of abuse of this policy will be handled by Judicial Affairs.

Prescribed Conduct regarding federal, state or local law is detailed in the Student Code of Conduct Article 111 Part B Section 18.

The Judicial System and Process is detailed in the Student Code of Conduct Article IV.

See also the complete Student Code of Conduct.

See also basic information on Copyright Infringement

Franklin Pierce University
Original Policy unanimously recommended for approval as modified by CCAC 2/15/2002