|Oversight Unit:||INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY-TECHNICAL SERVICES|
The intent of this policy is to make clear certain uses which are and are not appropriate, not to exhaustively enumerate all such possible uses. This statement represents a guide to the acceptable use of network and computing resources which includes an array of institutional electronic business systems, computing services, networks, databases and other resources (“NMU IT resources”). Using these guidelines, Northern Michigan University (“NMU”) may at any time make determinations that particular uses are or are not appropriate.
Northern Michigan University students, faculty and staff and any user or provider of NMU IT resources, including any individual who uses, logs in, attempts to use or attempts to log in to a NMU system, whether by direct connection or across one or more networks, or who attempts to connect to or traverse a network, whether via hardware, software or both (each a “User”).
Central to appropriate and responsible use is the stipulation that network and computing resources shall be used in a manner consistent with the instructional, public service, research and administrative objectives of the University.
Users should be cautious about making information about themselves and others available on the Internet. NMU cannot protect Users from invasions of privacy, identity theft and other possible dangers that could result from the individual’s distribution of personal information.
Use of Resources Accessed through NMU IT Resources
When using NMU IT resources or resources owned by third parties that are accessed using NMU IT resources, Users must comply with all applicable federal and state laws, all applicable University rules, ordinances, and policies and the terms of any contract or license which governs the use of the third-party resource and by which the User or NMU is bound. Users must not use NMU IT resources to violate copyright, patent, trademark or other intellectual property rights.
When using NMU IT resources and accepting any NMU issued computing accounts, Users agree to comply with this and all other computing related policies. Users have the responsibility to keep up-to-date on changes in the computing environment, as published, using NMU electronic and print publication mechanisms and to adapt to those changes as necessary.
Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) to the authors of “original works of authorship,” including text and content, images, computer software, motion pictures, music and other media in both personal use and in production of electronic information. Unauthorized copying or downloading of copyrighted material is in violation of U.S. copyright laws. Users may not make or use illegal copies of copyrighted materials or software, store such copies on NMU IT resources or transmit them over NMU networks. Further, you may not attempt to override copy protection on commercial software. For more information on copyright and fair use provisions, go to the NMU Olson Library web site (http://www.nmu.edu/olsonlibrary).
Act 53 of the Public Acts of 1979 of the State of Michigan is “An act to prohibit access to computers, computer systems, and computer networks for certain fraudulent purposes; to prohibit intentional and unauthorized access, alteration, damage, and destruction of computers, computer systems, computer networks, computer software programs, and data; and to prescribe penalties.” The penalties for violating this act follow: A person, who violates this act, if the violation involves $100.00 or less, is guilty of a misdemeanor. If the violation involves more than $100.00, the person is guilty of a felony, punishable by imprisonment for not more than ten (10) years, or a fine of not more than $5,000.00 or both.
Student behavior on and off campus is governed under the Student Code. All regulations related to communication and use of University resources also relate to Internet usage. Some examples include but are not limited to Harassment, or Unauthorized access to Information (accessed at http://www.nmu.edu/studenthandbook ). Other University Student Code Regulations and Policies are listed in the NMU Handbook and can be accessed at http://www.nmu.edu/studenthandbook. All of the policies and regulations which are listed there also cover the use of computers and the Internet.
Disciplinary Actions Taken
When NMU has reasonable cause to believe there has been inappropriate use, NMU staff may take immediate remedial action. In an emergency, to prevent further inappropriate activity, NMU computing staff may temporarily disconnect a User from the network or other NMU IT resources. Punishment for violation of the NMU Acceptable Use Policy may include, but is not limited to, temporary or permanent disconnection from NMU IT resources, suspension of a specific User's NMU ID for up to one (1) academic semester or further disciplinary action deemed necessary by the Dean of Students Office or where appropriate, the Human Resources Office, Office of the Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs or law enforcement agencies.
Individuals using NMU IT resources do so subject to applicable laws and NMU policies. NMU disclaims any responsibility and/or warranties for information and materials residing on or within NMU IT resources, non-NMU systems or publicly accessible networks. Such materials do not necessarily reflect the attitudes, opinions or values of the State of Michigan, NMU, its faculty, staff or students.