COMPUTER USE POLICY

Responsible Computing
    Virginia Union University makes computer facilities available to faculty, staff, and students for their pursuit of the educational and research goals of the University. All users of these resources are expected to act in a responsible, ethical, and legal manner.

Regulations

  • Computer facilities and accounts are owned by the University.
  • Consideration of and respect for the rights, property, and time of others are central to the responsible use of computing facilities.
  • Computing resources must be conserved; therefore, sending unsolicited mass mailings, intentionally placing a program in an endless loop, or sending chain letters is prohibited.
  • Statements that reflect unfavorably on an employee or the University are prohibited.
  • Confidential information should be sent only to those with a need to know.
  • Prohibited communications include, but are not limited to, statements that may be perceived as harassing, offensive or insulting; threats; statements containing sexual content; personal political or religious views; solicitations; personal business advertisements; profanity; and discriminatory statements dealing with age, gender, race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin, or disability.

Policy Enforcement
    Violating these rules, or the principles upon which they are based, constitutes an offense against Virginia Union University and will be treated as such. Punishment for such violation includes, but is not limited to, removal of computing privileges, loss of employment, prosecution under federal, state, and local laws.

Security and Privacy
    Virginia Union University uses various methods to protect the security of its computer and network resources and of its users’ accounts. Users, however, should be aware that the University cannot guarantee such security and privacy. Users should also be aware than any electronic communications and data utilizing University-owned computer and network resources potentially may be disclosed under various state and federal laws or for business needs of the University.

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