Information Technology Services

Policies

Introduction
MWSU computing facilities are provided in order to promote and support academic pursuits. Academic computer facilities are therefore to be used only for instruction and research activities. Listed here are certain responsibilities and the ethical behavior expected of you as a computer user. The guidelines presented here reflect U.S. Copyright Law, the Law of the State of Missouri, and additional specific rules relative to the MWSU campus. It is the intent of Missouri Western State University to adhere to the provisions of copyright laws relative to software and to comply with licensing agreements and/or policy statements contained in the software packages used on campus. If you need further clarification regarding these guidelines, please contact Information Technology Services.
U.S. Copyright Law and Software Licensing
All computer software is protected by the federal copyright law. It is illegal to make or distribute copies of copyrighted material without authorization. The copyright owner may grant copying privileges for certain software. These special provisions will be specified in the documentation, license agreement, or in the software package. The user does have the right to make a backup copy for archival purposes. Under no circumstances should copyrighted software be distributed outside the university through any mechanism, electronic or otherwise. You are responsible for being aware of the licensing restrictions for the software you use on any system. Lack of knowledge does not justify a violation of the law. When in doubt, do not copy. Violation of copyright law of licensing agreements may result in university disciplinary action and/or may result in legal action. In order to receive user support from Information Technology Services, from microcomputer lab assistants, or from vendors, you may be asked to produce manuals, serial numbers, or original diskettes as proof of proper software licensing.
State of Missouri Law RSMO 1988 569.094-569.099
A state law now makes unauthorized access and interference with computer systems, computer data, and other computer users illegal.
Unauthorized use of accounts and passwords, and the breach of security of any computer system are illegal.
Per State and Federal Regulations, any unauthorized use of accounts and passwords or any breach or attempted breach of any computer system are illegal and will be reported to the appropriate agency.
MWSU Rules and Regulations
Always apply normal standards of academic ethics and polite conduct to your use of computing services. Never share your logon credentials (username and password) with anyone. Your computing activities should not interfere with the rights of other users. Respect the equipment and privacy of other. Campus computing facilities may not be used for personal business interests. This includes the use of the campus network from privately owned equipment. Drinks, food, and tobacco products are not allowed in campus computing facilities.
Examples of Unacceptable Activities
Sharing your logon credentials (username and password) with anyone. Downloading copyrighted material including music, movie, and other electronic files available through peer-to-peer file sharing services such as LimeWire, FrostWire, Napster, BitTorrent, etc. Changing or altering hardware/software configurations without permission of lab supervisor. Game playing or other trivial applications. Excessive printing. Sending annoying or obscene messages to any other user. Displaying material or information that is harassing, defamatory, obscene or offensive. Using computer systems for personal activities that are not required for class or research. Importing software of unknown function and quality. This is the primary cause of virus transmission.
Disciplinary Action
Misuse of campus computing resources shall be reported to the Director of Information Technology Services. Each violation will be reviewed by the Computer Usage Hearing Panel consisting of the Library Director, Information Technology Services Director, and one faculty member. Any necessary disciplinary action will be determined by the Panel. Within ten calendar days of receiving notice of disciplinary action, an appeal based on a showing of good cause may be made to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, whose decision will be final. Reports regarding faculty or staff should be made directly to the appropriate vice president. Please be aware that violations of U.S. or MO laws may result in legal and/or civil action. When appropriate, the Panel may report student violations to the Dean of Students.