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Network Acceptable Use Agreement

The use of network facilities falls under University Policies.


Memorial University of Newfoundland provides access to networking facilities in order to assist faculty members, students and staff in their performance of the University's primary functions. It also, from time to time, permits other authorized users access to networking facilities.

Guiding Principles

  1. Freedom of access to publicly available information, in order to promote a spirit of intellectual curiosity and to foster the dissemination and discussion of competing ideas and points of view.
  2. Adherence to the laws of Canada and the province of Newfoundland, as they may pertain to the use of computing and communications facilities.
  3. Respect for the rights of the individual.
  4. Recognition that individual users are responsible for their actions, and that the University cannot be held liable for misuse of the computing facilities or guarantee to protect users or their data from harm. Users must recognize that all use of university-owned facilities necessarily impinges on other uses, and that they must strive to maintain a reasonable relationship between the cost of the resources allocated to a given activity and the benefits likely to be derived from it.

Inappropriate Use

The University expects all users to refrain from the use of the network for:

  1. Any use which is illegal under the laws of Canada or Newfoundland, or violates the University conflict of interest guidelines.
  2. Any use which violates the terms of software licensing agreements, including "educational use only" provisions.
  3. Any use which jeopardizes the security of any computing facility or of information stored or conveyed by means of any computing or network facilities. All users should be aware that the sharing of passwords with others is a serious security violation.
  4. Any use which causes undue degradation of system performance, especially by requiring a share of resources disproportionate to the potential benefit of the activity in the context of the user's principal University duties.
  5. Any use which may reasonably be considered offensive to such a degree that it may hinder other users in the performance of their duties.

Operational Issues

The user of network facilities should also be aware of operational issues:

  1. All access to central network systems, including the issuing of accounts and passwords, must be approved by the Department of Computing and Communications.
  2. Network traffic is confidential. However, authorized personnel from the Department of Computing and Communications will monitor facilities use to ensure network integrity and performance.
  3. Any user who becomes aware of any loophole or password that could be used to damage the network, obtain extra resources, take resources from another user, or gain access to systems, must inform the Department of Computing and Communications immediately.

Offenses will be dealt with in the same manner as violations of other university policies and may result in disciplinary action in accordance with existing Collective Agreements, Terms and Conditions of Employment, or the Code of Disciplinary Procedures for Students. In such a review, the full range of disciplinary actions available may be considered, including loss of network privileges for a specified period of time, dismissal from the University, and legal action. Violations of some of the above policies may constitute a criminal offense.

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