Commercial Use of University Resources

POLICY STATEMENT
 
University resources may not be used for commercial purposes, unless permission has been explicitly granted in writing by the University President as outlined below.
 
DEFINITIONS
 
College/Unit Policy Officer: A person with responsibility for issues having broad-based policy implications for students, faculty, and staff in the college/unit; an Associate Dean or similar position.
 
Electronic Communications: The use of computers and network systems in the communicating or posting of information or material by way of electronic mail, bulletin boards, or other such electronic tools.
 
Network Systems: Includes voice, video and data networks, switches, routers, wireless devices, and storage devices.
 
System or Network Administrator: A university employee responsible for managing the operation or operating system environments of computers or network systems, respectively.
 
University Computers and Network Systems (University Systems): Computers, networks, servers, and other similar devices that are administered by the university and for which the university is responsible. Throughout this policy, the shortened term "university systems" is used to mean all university computers and network systems.
 
PROCEDURES and RESPONSIBILITIES
 
Use of University systems for commercial purposes, except where explicitly approved, is strictly prohibited. Such prohibited uses include, but are not limited to, development of programs, data processing or computations for commercial use and preparation and presentation of advertising material, sharing of computers or files for commercial purposes; sharing of computers, files, or materials that are copyrighted, whether for financial or non-financial gain; use of University web resources to conduct business over the Internet; use of infrastructure through dormitory access to support or conduct any form of business on the Internet or for gainful employment. Violations of this policy will be strictly enforced.
 
The DSU University computing system will not be used for financial gain for any faculty, staff, or student member unless explicit, written communication has been granted by the President of the University.
 
Regulations set in place in the student handbook may also apply to this regulation.  
 
Violations of these policies may result in the immediate suspension of computer account and network access pending investigation of circumstances and may lead to their eventual revocation. Serious violations of the policy will be referred directly to the appropriate University or outside authorities.  Unauthorized use of University computing facilities can be a criminal offense. The penalties may be as severe as suspension or dismissal from the University and/or criminal prosecution.
 
Violators of this policy will be dealt with according to the details outlined in the University’s Responsible Use of Electronic Communications policy.  Those who cannot accept these standards of behavior will be denied use of Delta State computers or network systems.
 
RELATED DOCUMENTS
  • Policy on “Responsible Use of Electronic Communications”
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