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Unauthorized Access to Computer Systems and Network

POLICY STATEMENT
 
Unauthorized attempts to gain privileged access or access to any account or system not belonging to you on any University system are not permitted. No University system or network may be used as a vehicle to gain unauthorized access to other systems.
 
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.
 
Education Records: Records specifically related to a student and maintained by an educational institution or a party acting on its behalf. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 protect these records.
 
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
 
Any user who finds a possible security lapse on any University system must report it to the system administrators. To protect your files and the system, don’t attempt to use a system under these conditions until the system administrator has investigated the problem.
 
User files on central University systems are kept as private as possible. Attempts to read another person’s protected files will be treated with the utmost seriousness. The systems administrators will not override file protections unless necessary in the course of their duties, and will treat the contents of those files as private information at all times.
 
Violators of this policy will be dealt with according to the details outlined in the University’s Responsible Use of Electronic Communications policy (See 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.  Violators may also be subject to penalties under University regulations and under state and federal laws.
 
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  • Responsible Use of Electronic Communications policy
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