Policies, Procedures and Guidelines

Access to the campus network and the internet is intended to benefit students, faculty and staff by facilitating research and education. Network access privileges may be revoked if abused.

Prohibited Uses and Access

  • Use for purposes that violate federal or state laws, including copyright laws that prohibit the downloading or distribution of copyright-protected data such as music, video, or video games.
  • Use for a private enterprise or not-for-profit organization unless authorized by the University.
  • Use in any way that interferes with or disrupts other network users, services or equipment.
  • Accessing sites that are pornographic or offensive in nature.
  • Accessing or attempting to access restricted data files, software or systems without authorization.
  • Creating or transmitting lewd, obscene, hateful, bigoted or discriminatory material or information.
  • Concealing or misrepresenting one’s name or affiliation to mask irresponsible or offensive electronic communication.
  • Using email or other network communications to harass, offend or annoy other users.
  • Sending chain letters through email.

Technology Accounts

Users should not consider the University’s technology systems to be secure. The information contained in a user’s technology account (usernames, email messages and attachments, and files stored on University systems) is the property of the University, not personal property. The system administrator may access all information for the purpose of diagnosing and correcting system problems.

Users may not share their Technology Account credentials with others. Allowing another person to log on to one’s own account by sharing the username and password will result in the revocation of the account.

Academic Computing Lab Usage Policy

Lab facilities are for academic use only. They are to be used in a responsible, ethical and legal manner.

To this end, and consistent with the general principles governing our academic community, users are expected to:

  • Learn appropriate uses of software, keep archives and backup copies of important data, and take reasonable precautions against contracting and propagating computer viruses.
  • Refrain from bringing food or drinks into the labs.
  • Clean up after themselves.
  • Avoid printing unnecessary output or more than two copies of any file.
  • Conduct themselves with due consideration for others (for example, limit conversations, talk quietly, avoid using cellular phones or radios).
  • Comply with any other operational rules and restrictions that may be posted in the labs or elsewhere.

Users are prohibited from:

  • Occupying the labs or using lab facilities at any time other than during lab operating hours.
  • Installing, removing or modifying the installation of any software or supporting files on lab computers.
  • Moving, repairing or modifying the equipment or network or attaching external devices to it.

Exceptions may be applicable for activities that are a part of the curriculum or are directed by responsible faculty or staff subject to prior concurrence and approval of Academic Technology Support Services. Please refer to the 2023-2024 Elmhurst University Student Handbook for additional information.

Students enrolled in graduate-level computer science classes may use designated labs during the academic year at any time of day or night. Certain labs may have restricted hours due to undergraduate use or scheduled maintenance.

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