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General Network Guidelines
- The La Sierra University network is intended to assist in the exchange of information for the purpose of academics, education, research, and communication.
- Computer users are responsible for adequate spyware/virus protection as well as staying current with updates.
- Unacceptable use includes any action that constitutes malicious or unethical use of the campus network that violates University policy and/or regulations and state and federal laws.
- Students who misuse social networks (such as facebook.com) by using lewd indecent language, making threatening remarks, demeaning others, or posting picturesof activities that are not in harmony with University policies and values will be subject to discipline.
- Any user found in violation of La Sierra University Network policies will be subject to revoked network access and stern disciplinary actions.
Computer Use PolicyThe computer resources at La Sierra University are for the use of the University students, faculty, staff, and administrators to facilitate the exchange of information consistent with the academic, educational, and research purposes. Specifically, the computer users have access to:
- Electronic mail communication with people all over the world with La Sierra University Gmail
- The World Wide Web and the vast information contained therein.
- Discussion groups on a plethora of topics.
- The online resources of the La Sierra University Library, which include dozens of academic online databases and thousands of journals in full-text format.
Specific Acceptable Uses
- Communication and exchange necessary to transact or facilitate University business.
- Announcements of University activities or other important items of information related to academic interests.
- Communication incidental to otherwise acceptable use, except as stated below
Examples of Unacceptable Uses
- For-profit activities, except those operated or specifically authorized by La Sierra University. Personal or business advertising of any kind is not permitted.
- Extensive use for private or personal business.
- Advertising is forbidden. However, responsible discussion of a product’s relative advantages and disadvantages by users of the product is permitted.
- Unauthorized access, alteration, destruction, removal and/or disclosure of data, information, equipment, software, or systems.
- Deliberate over-extension of the resources of a system or interference with the processing of a system.
- Attempts to access confidential information and/or passwords.
- Activities which violate copyright law, including but not limited to downloading copyrighted MP3s, videos, movies, and software, etc.
- Disclosure of confidential passwords and/or access devices or information for accounts, equipment, and telephone voice mail.
- Issuance of electronic mail that includes commercial advertisements, viruses/trojans, hoaxes, or chain letters.
- Propagation of hate literature and harassment, including sexual harassment.
- Theft of resources.
- Malicious or unethical use, and use that violates University policy and regulations or state or federal laws.
- Chain mail of any kind.
- Assigning of addresses not specifically granted by IT
- The operation of any non-educational server or service offering or transferring data in a public manner onto the Internet. This includes but is not limited to HTTP, FTP, mail/news, programs such as Gnutella or Napster (in server modes), etc.