Acceptable Use of University IT Resources: Students
Know the rules for UD's online community
The University welcomes you to its electronic community. Just as you abide by the laws implemented by federal, state, and local governments, you must abide by the rules of the University. In addition to practicing acceptable behavior in the classroom and around campus, you are expected to follow the rules and guidelines when using the network.
The computer, smart phone, tablet or other Internet-capable device you bring to campus is personal until you connect it to the campus network. You own your computer, phone, or device, but the University owns the network: all the wires, cables, routers, and network pathways (i.e., the infrastructure).
What your computer or Internet-capable device does while on the network can significantly impact everyone else connected to the network: thousands of students, faculty, and staff. You are expected to use computing resources responsibly in accordance with the University's mission and in compliance with its policies and all applicable laws and regulations. This principle is the basis for the following general acceptable use guidelines:
- You may not access or use any University computer, facility, equipment, software, network, or other resources including email without authorization or for any activity other than that for which access or use was assigned or authorized.
- What you do on your computer affects others, so be sure to protect your computer.
- Don't do anything to deny others the use of the network. The University reserves the right to constrain and remove applications, services, or improperly configured systems running on the network that may be negatively impacting its performance.
- Do not share your University network access with unauthorized users. If you set up a wireless router and do not secure it, others can use your network connection. You will be held responsible for what they do over your port.
- Respect the intellectual property rights of others. Copying or distributing copyrighted movies, songs, software, or pictures without permission is against the law.
- Abide by the principles of decency, fairness, and respect for the rights of others e.g., the right to privacy and confidentiality. In short, be a good e-citizen.