As members of the Grand Valley State University community, you have
the responsibility to use the university's Information Technology
resources in an effective, ethical, and legal manner. Ethical and
legal standards that apply to information technology resources derive
directly from standards of common sense and decency that apply to the
use of any shared resource. Grand Valley depends first upon the spirit
of mutual respect and cooperation that has been fostered at the
university to resolve differences and ameliorate problems. The purpose
of the statement is to promote the responsible, ethical, legal, and
secure use of Grand Valley's Information Technology resources,
including access to the Internet, for the protection of all users.
The following guidelines will be applied to determine
appropriate use of Services:
Accounts granted are intended solely for the use of the person the
account was issued and shall not be shared.
To respect the privacy of other users. Users shall not
intentionally seek information on, obtain copies of, or modify
files, or passwords belonging to other users or the University, or
represent others, unless explicitly authorized to do so by those users.
To respect the legal protection provided by copyright and
licensing of programs, data, photographs, music, written documents
and other material as provided by law.
To respect the intended usage of accounts and authorization for
specified purposes only.
To respect the integrity of the system or network. One shall not
intentionally develop or use programs, transactions, data, or
processes that harass other users or infiltrate the system or damage
or alter the software or data components of a system.
To adhere to all general university policies and procedures
including, but not limited to, policies on proper use of information
resources, information technology, and networks; acquisition, use,
and disposal of University-owned computer equipment; use of
telecommunications equipment; ethical and legal use of software; and
ethical and legal use of administrative data.
Using university technology resources for commercial use is
strictly prohibited. Such resources are to be solely used in
conjunction with doing business for GVSU or purposes directly
related to academic work.
To refrain from unauthorized use of network Services which
significantly hampers other GVSU constituents network access.
Unauthorized use of GVSU networks and/or computers for
non-academic purposes is prohibited, including revenue generating
advertising and promotion of business not related to GVSU.
Network connections in Student Housing are intended strictly for
client access to GVSU and Internet resources. Residents are not
permitted to offer services to other computers, either external or
internal, within the GVSU Housing Network. External requests for
services destined to the GVSU Housing Network are not permitted.
Information Technology reserves the right to disable network
connections within the GVSU Housing Network if complaints are
received and it is verified that a computer is offering an internal service.
The Computer Science and Engineering departments have dedicated
networks that can be used for servers that need to offer services to
other computers for educational purposes; in this case the
department is responsible for monitoring and approving the services
that are offered as well as verifying that the computers have been
patched and secured against known Internet attacks.
All users of Grand Valley's e-mail accounts are expected to adhere
to the Electronic Mail Policy
All users of Grand Valley's external network connections (i.e.,
Merit and NSFNET) shall comply with the evolving "Acceptable
Use" policies established by the external networks' governing bodies.
The intent of this policy is to identify certain types of uses that
are not appropriate. Using the guidelines given above, GVSU may at any
time make a determination that a particular use is not appropriate.
GVSU will not monitor or judge the content of information transmitted
via the Services, but will investigate complaints of possible
inappropriate use. In the course of investigating complaints, GVSU
staff will attempt to preserve the individual's privacy. GVSU is
subject to the Freedom of Information Act and may be required to
supply personal computing information.