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2.0 - Updated on 2022-06-01 by Kolin Hodgson

1.0 - Authored on 2017-04-28 by Jason Williams

Question

How does the responsible use policy impact personal use of University resources?

Answer

Provisions concerning personal use of University information technology resources mirror existing policies and practices concerning personal use of other University resources. University-provided information technology resources, like University-provided telephones, photocopiers, office supplies, tools, etc., are for “University-related purposes.” Use of such resources for personal commercial purposes or for personal financial or other gain is clearly improper and under some circumstances may be illegal. However, this policy provides that “incidental” personal use of University information technology resources is permitted – as it typically is with other types of University resources. The policy defines “incidental” uses as those that do not consume a significant amount of those resources, do not interfere with the performance of the user’s job or other University responsibilities, are not for personal commercial purposes or personal financial or other gain, and are otherwise in compliance with applicable laws, rules, policies, contracts, and licenses. Individual administrative units of the University may, at their discretion, impose additional use restrictions on – or prohibit all personal use of – the University-provided information technology resources under their control.