The primary purpose of computing resources (“Resources”) at Plymouth State University (“PSU”) is to enhance and support the educational mission of the University. Access and use of Resources is a privilege granted to PSU Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni and certain approved guests. A person’s access to resources may vary, depending on their relationship with PSU. Resources include, but are not limited to, computer hardware, software, services, accounts, data, and the PSU network. Any person using Resources is responsible for using them in an appropriate, responsible, ethical, and lawful manner. Plymouth State University reserves the right to access and affect the Resources to the extent necessary to manage the Resources, including direct access of data on the PSU network, PSU owned computers and PSU owned data storage.
Guidelines for Ethical Behavior:
- Use only Resources, accounts and files for which you have proper authorization. Access to Resources does not imply authorization.
- Do not use Resources to violate any policy or regulation of PSU or the University System of New Hampshire (“USNH”), or federal state or local law.
- Respect the privacy of others.
- Employ appropriate standards of civility when using computer systems to communicate with other individuals.
- Be sensitive to the needs of others, and use only your fair share of Resources.
- Network services and wiring may not be modified or tampered with, nor may they be extended beyond the limits provided.
- You are ultimately responsible for anyone’s use of your credentials and network connection.
- The use of Resources is for PSU related work. Persons are not permitted to engage in consulting or other business ventures using Resources for personal gain or other commercial purposes.
- Take due precaution against the spread of malware. Keep your malware protection software current; regularly check your computer for malware.
- Do not attempt to circumvent any security measure.
- The following activities are specifically prohibited: disclosing your password to others; using somebody else’s password to gain access to PSU and USNH Resources; forging messages; cracking passwords and systems; sending harassing or threatening messages; the sending of unauthorized anonymous messages; misrepresentation of identity; the sending of bulk unsolicited messages; entering, without authorization, into any account to use, read, transfer or change the contents in any way; system attacks; denial of services; and other malicious uses of Resources; altering system software and/or hardware; and using Resources to interfere with the normal operation of computing systems and connected networks.
Notes on Copyright:
Sharing or downloading copyrighted material without permission is illegal and as is against PSU and USNH policy. If you share copyrighted files without the permission of the copyright holder, you are breaking the law and may face civil and/or criminal prosecution, in addition to PSU discipline.
Assignment of Resources:
Based on their role, members of the PSU Community may be issued Resources for their use. Upon status change of a member of the PSU Community, these Resources remain the property of PSU, and may need to be relinquished to a department, or Information Technology Services (“ITS”).
ITS reserves the right to require the removal of any Resource that does not meet ITS specifications.