Acceptable Use Policy
Kettering University provides access for its authorized user community to resources including, but not limited to, the following computing and networking devices:
Computers (PCs, workstations, and servers)
Electronic Mail and Internet
Voice, Data, and Video Communications infrastructure
Acceptable use of resources does not extend to whatever an individual is capable of doing with them. Just because you are able to bypass restrictions or security measures doesn't mean that you are allowed to do so. Violations of the Acceptable Use Policy may result in disciplinary action consistent with the University's Faculty, Employee, and Student Handbooks.
Anything illegal under local, state and federal laws is in violation of the policy. Michigan law specifically addresses misuse of computer resources. In addition, Kettering University considers the following examples (not a comprehensive list) as violations to the policy, and just cause for taking disciplinary action up to and including non-reappointment, discharge, dismissal, and/or legal action:
- Interfering or attempting to interfere with the intended use of Information Technology Resources, for example, propagating electronic chain mail, or sending forged or falsified email
- Accessing, or attempting to access unauthorized resources, for example, modifying system resources that are only to be modified by authorized systems administrators. This also includes Port scanning Violating, or attempting to violate software license agreements and other contracts
- Unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials, including placing copyrighted materials in a publicly accessible forum. For example, the sharing of copyrighted software, music, movies and other intellectual properties
- Invading, or attempting to invade the privacy of individuals or entities (without authorization) that are creators, authors, users or subjects of the Information Technology Resources, for example, using another's id and password to view/modify/propagate personal information that was not specifically authorized for your use
- Recording, or attempting to record voice, data, or video network line, for example, running a packet sniffer.
- Destroying, altering, dismantling, disfiguring, preventing, or attempting to destroy, alter, dismantle, or disfigure thereby preventing authorized users from accessing services, for example, sending out a crippling number of files across the network such as email bombing.
- Circumventing, evading or attempting to circumvent/evade security measures and detection, for example, storing illegal software in hidden directories or using security scanning tools against Kettering University Computing Resources and all devices connected to those resources.
- Harassing, threatening, causing harm, or attempting to harass, threaten, cause harm to specific individuals, for example, sending repeated and unwanted email messages.
- Utilizing resources to operate a commercial business, complete or solicit online commercial transactions, or perform work for hire.
- The deliberate launching or delivery of any type of virus or other harmful malware including the pretense of such to cause alarm.