January 16, 2009

Information technology usage reminder

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As an academic institution, UAB places great value on freedom of thought and expression. With a population of approximately 40,000, the university community encompasses a very wide array of opinions, views, approaches and temperaments. Ideally, those associated with the university exercise their freedoms in a mature, responsible and respectful manner, and are encouraged to do so. This philosophy undergirds the institution’s information technology policies.

However, as is the case in all instances, UAB information technology resources, including e-mail, are allocated only for activities that support UAB’s mission of instruction, research, and service and/or other approved activities. These resources may not be used for any activity which is destructive, disruptive or illegal. Further, these resources may not be used for activities that interfere with the ability of UAB to support its mission, compromise the character and reputation of UAB by association, or violate the UAB Conflicts of Interest Policy. UAB students, faculty, employees and other users are responsible for adhering to these operating guidelines. The right to use UAB information technology resources may be revoked if misused or abused, even if unintentionally.

Any attempt to violate the provisions of these guidelines may result in disciplinary action in the form of revocation of user accounts, revocation of access to the network and/or progressive disciplinary actions, regardless of the success or failure of the attempt. Severe and/or continued violations will be reported to UAB authorities. Permanent revocation of access may be part of the disciplinary actions taken by those authorities. Actions that are in violation of applicable laws and statutes will be referred to appropriate law enforcement agencies and authorities.

Bring any concerns to the attention of your supervisor, another supervisor in your department or a representative of the Office of Human Resources at 934-4458. 

More information can be found in the:
-    UAB Policy for Acceptable Use of Computer and Network Resources
-    You and UAB Handbook
-    Faculty Handbook
-    Computer Software Policy
-    Computer Software Copying and Use Policy
-    Policy for Connecting Devices to the UAB Voice, Data, and Video Network
-    Cellular Telephones Policy
-    Data Protection and Security Policy
-    World Wide Web Pages Policy
-    Best Practices for Local Area Network Administrators
-    Policies in student handbooks and catalogs
-    University of Alabama Board of Trustees Rules

See list at http://main.uab.edu/Sites/it/policies/

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