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Use of Computers and Related Equipment


This policy governs use of computers and related equipment operated by the University of Idaho Computer Science Department. Each computer user is a member of a community. The purpose of this policy is to maximize the value of our resources to that community. The intent of the policy is to permit maximum freedom of use consistent with State Law, University policy, and a productive working environment. The policy applies to all those who use CS computers. Depending on the seriousness of an offense, violation of the policy can result in penalties ranging from reprimand, to loss of account, to referal to University authorities for disciplinary action.

State Law and University Policy

Use of CS computers must comply with Idaho law and University policies. Therefore, CS computers may not be used for commercial or profit-making purposes, for political purposes, or for personal benefit where such use incurs a cost to the Department and is not academically related.

State law prohibits unauthorized access to computer systems. Access of, or attempts to access another person's directory, files, or mail, whether protected or not, without permission of the owner is prohibited. Attempts to access unauthorized machines via the computer network, to decrypt encrypted material, or to obtain privileges to which the user is not entitle, are prohibited. The University has signed software licenses for much of the software that is avaialbe on CS computer systems. Removal or transfer of such software without authorization is prohibited.

This policy statement authorizes CS computer systems staff to examine the user's files if required as part of their official duties.

Sharing of a computer account with other persons is prohibited. Each user must have an individual account. Passwords must be protected, and the user must not leave a machine logged on when the user is not present unless the machine is in a secure area, such as a private office.

Working Environment

Users of CS machines should conduct themselves in a manner that promotes a productive working environment. Conduct that creates a distrubance to other user is prohibited. This includes making noise, taking beverages into the computer labs, and printing or displaying materials that are unsuitable for public display. Conduct that intentionally or negligently interferes with the proper operation of the system or its use by others is prohibited.

Users of electronic mail and bulletin boards shall not send messages that are libelous, patently offensive, or that intimidate, threaten, demean, or harass individuals or groups, or that would otherwise bring discredit to the University or the Department.

Use of Resources

Users of CS computers shall not consume unreasonable amounts of limited resources. Resources that are in limited supply include laser printing, disk space, and in some cases, machine access itself. Laser printing should be used judicioulsy. It should not be used for multiple copies. Picture files or other large files should not be sored on disk uless they are academically relevant. Playing of games and other non-academic activities should be restricted to periods of off-peak usage. The Department may impose restrictions or limits on use of resources.


A student, staff member, faculty member, or system administrator who is unsure about how to deal with questions about any aspect of this department computer use policy should contact the chair of the Computer Science Department at (208) 885-6589 or cschair@uidaho.edu.

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