Electronic Resources, Policy on the Responsible and Acceptable Use of
Bonaventure University requires the ethical, legal, and secure use of
communications by all members of the St Bonaventure community.
policy applies to all students, faculty, and staff at St. Bonaventure and will
use of electronic resources in support of our academic mission.
the purposes of this policy, electronic resources are defined as all
computer systems, software/ network applications (including email),
(such as Internet access), facsimile machines, audio/visual equipment,
telecommunications facilities, as well as all information contained therein
resources") owned or managed by the University.
to electronic resources is granted to faculty, staff and students of the
accordance with this policy. Faculty and staff are typically provided with a
network/internet/email access) and a telephone connection as needed to perform
addition, public computing facilities are available and network access is
provided in residence
apartments, and classrooms to support instruction, research, and learning.
Services will provide network accounts to eligible users. These accounts
access to various systems (such as email, administrative software, voice mail,
specific academic software) as required.
Services will do its best to provide reliable service to the SBU community but
to all systems 24 hours/day is not guaranteed. Technology Services will notify
or scheduled maintenance in a timely fashion and whenever possible, will
for any downtime.
order to access the university network, computers need to be running a minimum
suite of security-related software, such as virus protection programs,
operating system updates, and similar protective software, as defined by
Technology Services and posted on their Web site.
involves the practice of cooperative computing and requires:
deletion of unneeded files from one’s accounts on shared computing resources
use of connect time, information storage space, printing facilities,
processing capacity, or network services
use of digital sounds and visuals in public facilities to avoid disruption to
of the confidentiality of data, system access, and passwords
maintenance and upkeep of virus protection software on your computer to avoid
passing destructive computer viruses to others
users of University electronic resources are expected to utilize such
resources in a responsible, ethical and legal manner consistent with St.
Bonaventure’s mission and policies. The following are categories of
inappropriate and prohibited use of electronic resources
some examples to explain each category:
Use that impedes, interferes with, impairs, or otherwise causes harm to the
chain letters or virus hoaxes
(spreading email or postings widely and without good purpose)
(flooding an individual, group, or system with numerous or large email
distribution of unwanted email or other unwanted messages
behavior that may cause excessive network traffic or computing load
of the University's trademarks, logos, insignia, or copyrights without prior
Use that is inconsistent with St. Bonaventure’s non-profit status.
use of university systems for non-university purposes.
commercial use does not include communications and exchange of data that
furthers the University's educational, administrative, research, and other
defined roles, even if there is an incidental financial (or other benefit) to
an external organization.
of electronic resources in a way that suggests University endorsement of any
political candidate or ballot initiative.
of university electronic resources for the purpose of lobbying that connotes
Use that is harassing, threatening, or not keeping with our Franciscan values.
unwelcome contacts with another
Use damaging the integrity of internal/external systems.
to defeat system security such as sharing passwords or compromising locks in
computer labs or network equipment closets.
access to systems and/or data
others in gaining unauthorized access to systems and/or data
data/voice communications not intended for that user
use such as concealing your network identity, impersonating others, or using a
distribution of computer viruses.
a Denial of Service attack
or removal of university owned equipment or data without specific
installation of unauthorized devices on the university network
installation of unauthorized software on university computers
Use in violation of law.
use of electronic resources that violates civil or criminal law at the
federal, state, or local levels
a pyramid scheme
receiving, transmitting, or possessing illegal materials
Use in violation of University contracts.
use of university systems must be consistent with the University's contractual
obligations, including limitations defined in software and other licensing
Use in violation of University policy.
of electronic resources cannot violate other University policies such as:
departmental, and work-unit policies
the event of a conflict between this policy and the St. Bonaventure
University's Academic Freedom Policy, the Academic Freedom policy will take
precedence over this policy.
Use in violation of external data network policies.
must observe all applicable policies of external data networks when using such
use of university technology may result in the suspension or revocation of
account access. In addition, access to technology
facilities can be suspended, denied, or limited by Technology Services in
order to maintain the operation and/or integrity of university systems and/or
systems reachable by the SBU system. Any infraction in policies may result in
the disabling of an account and may also result in charges being filed with
the proper authorities.
Services administrators will make the initial determination to suspend or deny
a user's access to his/her account based on a known infraction. Appeals or
further adjudication will be handled through the student judicial process for
students or through immediate supervisors for faculty, administrators, and
staff. Technology Services (or other university officials) shall not actively
monitor user files, email, and account content unless directed by law
enforcement or the normal university judicial process.
will automatically be assigned a network account.
Faculty and staff will be required to sign the attached form when
receiving account access. The signature indicates that they have been given a
copy of this policy and that they understand their use of university
electronic resources and computer technologies is subject to the provisions in
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for Network Access
] Faculty [ ] Adjunct Faculty [ ] Staff [ ] Part-time Staff
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have received a copy of St. Bonaventure’s policy on the responsible and
acceptable use of
resources and understand that my use of university electronic resources and
is subject to the provisions in this policy.