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Aceptable Use Policy

Acceptable Use Policy

The Residential Computing Network (ResNet) at the University of Rochester provides in-room and public area connection services in River and Eastman campus residences in support of the educational mission of the University. It is the responsibility of each resident to use these services appropriately and in compliance with all University, local, state and federal laws and regulations. Access is a privilege that can be revoked due to misuse. By accepting University housing and/or connecting to the ResNet system the user agrees to the terms and conditions of this Acceptable Use Policy, related University of Rochester computer use policies and the Student Conduct Code.

The University and the Residential Life programs have adopted the following regulations on the use of the residential computing network:

  • ResNet services, equipment, wiring or jacks may not be altered nor extended beyond the location of their intended use.

  • The residential network may not be used to provide access to University information systems for purposes other than those that are in direct support of the academic program of the University. The residential network may not be used to provide access to the Internet by anyone not formally affiliated with the University.

  • Any receipt, retransmission or destruction of software or data must observe copyright laws, license restrictions and University policies.

  • Viewing, copying, altering or destroying any file, or connecting to a host on a network without explicit permission of the owner is a violation of this policy.

  • The University's networks are shared resources. Excessive use of network resources which inhibits or interferes with the use of these networks by others is not permitted.

  • The residential network may not be used for commercial or profit-making enterprise. Use of these resources for commercial gain is in opposition to the non-profit status of the University.

  • Users may not share University system passwords, use another person's account, even with permission, or allow use of an established connection by someone other than the registered user.

  • Users may not forge or otherwise misrepresent another's identity through any form of communication.

  • Users may not use ResNet to attempt to circumvent protection schemes or exercise security loopholes in any computer or network component.

  • Users who administer computers on ResNet that are used as servers have the additional responsibility to respond to any use of their server that is in violation of this Acceptable Use Policy. Server administrators must take steps to prevent recurrence of such violations and report these violations to the ResNet Administrator.

  • University network resources may not be used to defame, harass, intimidate or threaten any other person(s). University harassment policies cover all uses of ResNet, including e-mail correspondences and newsgroups.

  • All approved ResNet users (e.g. students, administrative staff, faculty, Faculty in Residence, spouses, and children) are expected to abide by all guidelines mentioned herein when using these resources.

Violations of this Acceptable Use Policy will be adjudicated, as appropriate, by the Dean of Students Office, the University Computing Center and Residential Life. Sanctions as a result of violations of these regulations may result in the following:

  • Loss of access privileges;

  • University judicial sanctions as prescribed by student, faculty or staff behavioral codes;

  • Monetary reimbursement to the University or other appropriate sources;

  • Reassignment or removal from University housing and/or the University;

  • Prosecution under applicable civil or criminal laws.

If you want further information on the ResNet Acceptable Use Policy, you can contact Residential Life, the Dean of Students Office or the University Computing Center. Reports of problems or violations can be made through Residential Life, the Dean of Students Office or the University Computing Center as appropriate.