Application: This policy applies to all computer systems and networks operated and managed by UCO colleges, academic, and administrative departments.
The University of Central Oklahoma has the responsibility for securing its computing and networking systems ( both academic and administrative) against unauthorized access, while making the systems accessible for legitimate academic and administrative uses. This responsibility includes informing persons who use the UCO computer and network systems of expected standards of conduct and encouraging their application. It is important for the user to practice ethical behavior in computing activities because the user has access to many valuable and sensitive resources and the user's computing practices can adversely affect the work of other people. Improper use and abuse of the computers and networks will not be permitted.
This policy provides direction to be used in managing computer resources and in allowing or denying access to UCO computer or network resources.
Unauthorized Use of UCO Computing Equipment
Allowing others to use one's User ID and password.
Inappropriately using the computing facilities at other sites through network connections from UCO ( e.g. illegal or unauthorized access; modifications to programs or information, etc.).
Using abusive or harassing language.
Viewing pictures of an erotic or sexual nature when such images are able to be viewed by others who are offended by them; and, mailing, printing, or copying obscene materials.
Thefts of Services
Thefts of services can be a crime under state and federal law. Violators may be referred to the appropriate authority for disciplinary action. Accounts may be subject to immediate deactivation.
A. Computer Accounts
Student accounts will be considered inactive if students do not maintain continuous enrollment in successive fall and spring semesters. Enrollment in the summer session is not required to maintain continuous enrollment from the spring to the fall semester in the same calendar year.
B. Mailbox Size
If a user's mailbox reaches 70% utilization, a notice will be sent requesting that the user delete some messages; if the mailbox reaches 100% capacity new mail will not be received.
III. Statement of Use
This policy of computing practice applies to all persons using the UCO computing and networking systems. Disciplinary action for violating the policy shall be governed by, but may not be limited to, the applicable provisions of student handbooks, faculty and staff handbook, policies of the University of Central Oklahoma, Board of Regents of Oklahoma Colleges, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Statutes of the State of Oklahoma and federal law. Persons who violate this policy may also have their access privileges to UCO computing and networking systems revoked.
IV. Computer/Data Communication Resource Management
The University will not guarantee the privacy or integrity of user's files, including e-mail, but will use its best efforts to protect the integrity of individual user accounts and files from access and use by unauthorized persons. The University does not routinely review user's files including e-mail, however, in cases of system failure and subsequent repair or where there is reason to believe there has been unauthorized use or misuse of computer resources, Office of Information Technology computing personnel, UCO Department of Public Safety personnel and administrative personnel of the university shall have the authority and right to monitor, review and audit individual user files, including email. Individual user files may also be reviewed , audited or searched when subject to court order, subpoena or other process of law.
a. Conform to the Desktop Management Interface protocol and
b. Be purchased with a minimum three years parts and labor warranty from the manufacturer.
V. Obscenity Law and the Internet
Oklahoma has adopted the Miller test ( Miller vs. California, 1973) and has attached criminal penalties to obscene expression. The Miller test provides the following definitions of obscenity:
Federal law prohibits conduct similar to that at the state level. The general federal restriction on obscenity is codified at 18 U. S. C. S. 1461-1465.
VI. World Wide Web (WEB) Homepage Construction
UCO recognizes the benefit to the public and to members of the university community of electronic publishing on the Internet. Subject to resources available,
The university provides access distribution, storage capacity maintenance and other creative and technical support of academic and administrative units, for educational use and other purposes consistent with official university business.
Websites are to be developed and maintained responsibly in compliance with university policy, and applicable state and federal laws. The Office of Information Technology and the Office of University Relations will review and monitor departmental and college websites to ensure technical integrity and protection of the University's image. Please refer to the UCO Principles and Guidelines for Use of the World Wide Web.
This policy shall be distributed to all managers of UCO systems and file servers, users of the UCO computing and network facilities, Information Technology personnel, and Department of Public Safety personnel. This document is accessible on the UCO Website
VIII. Effective Date
Created: May 1, 1998
Title Revision: 5/2/06