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UTS Technology Use Policy

The use policy below are excerpts from overall university technology security policies. View the full Technology Security Policy on MCC.

University Technology Services technology resources and facilities are available to all Saint Francis students, staff, and faculty and governed by the complete information security policies. The University of Saint Francis is committed to protecting USF employees, students, donors, and other stakeholders from illegal or damaging actions by individuals, either knowingly or unknowingly. Information technology systems and resources, including but not limited to: computer equipment, software, storage media, network accounts, email, web browsing, and data residing on these systems are the property of the University of Saint Francis. These systems are to be used for institutional purposes in serving the interests of our University community. The University strives to maintain an environment free of harassment and sensitive to the diversity of its students. The University, therefore, prohibits the use of systems and email in ways that are disruptive or offensive to others and/or harmful to morale.

Unacceptable and prohibited activities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Revealing your USF account credentials to others (family members included)
  • Using someone else’s account
  • Using USF systems for commercial purposes
  • Using the USF network as a means to gain unauthorized access to other systems/networks
  • Use of illegal or unlicensed software
  • Unauthorized network monitoring
  • Copying and/or distributing commercial software without proper licensing
  • Knowingly creating, executing, forwarding, or introducing any computer code designed to self-replicate, damage, or otherwise impede the performance of any computer, network device, or software
  • Knowingly taking any other action with the intention of impeding the performance of any computer, network device, software, or system
  • Violations of the rights of any person or company protected by copyright, trade secret, patent, or other intellectual property, or similar laws or regulation
  • Using a University computing asset to actively engage in procuring or transmitting material that is in violation of sexual harassment or hostile workplace policies and laws
  • Making fraudulent offers of products, items, or services originating from a USF account

For security and network maintenance purposes, authorized individuals within the University of Saint Francis may monitor equipment, systems, and network traffic at any time, per established monitoring and audit procedures.  For purposes of system maintenance all data and transmissions may be monitored, analyzed and viewed.  The University reserves the right to audit networks and systems on a periodic basis to ensure compliance with this policy.