Living Within the Acceptable Use Policy
Forestry Computing Resources (FCR) has been charged to provide a secure and stable computing environment within a learning and work environment where all persons are treated with dignity and respect at all times. When the use of computing resources is in violation of the Acceptable Use Policy such use generally raises security and/or performance issues for all Forestry network users. This policy is intended to help protect our clients and coworkers in the Forestry network community from the negative impacts of inappropriate use of our resources.
This policy is an extension of the University's Acceptable Use policy. Acceptable Use policies are often broad and general. This policy page identifies some specific violations, though the list is not all inclusive. Nothing contained in this policy shall be construed to limit FCR actions or remedies. As stated in the OSU Acceptable Use Policy, "Individuals who disregard elements of this policy will be subject to appropriate disciplinary and/or legal action by Oregon State University."
List of common acceptable use violations
(this is not an exhaustive list; it should be used to help you determine whether the action you wish to perform may violate CoF and/or University Acceptable Use policy. If unsure, ask FCR.)
Workstation computers providing "server" services (e.g., FTP or Web)
"Broadcasting" of unsolicited mail or sending chain letters
Use of the communication system to send material that reasonably would be considered obscene, offensive or threatening by the recipient or another viewer of the material
Use of computing facilities for personal or commercial monetary gain
Unauthorized viewing or use of another person's computer files, programs or data
Use of computer resources in a manner which is intended to abuse or to violate the property rights of others
Entry into a system by individuals not specifically authorized
Attempts to circumvent security mechanisms of any University system
Deliberate attempts to degrade system performance or capability, or attempts to damage systems, software or intellectual property of others
Forestry computer access and use must comply with OSU & CoF Acceptable use policies and all applicable laws. Once FCR has responded to the technical ramifications of the violation, responses to violations are really a personnel management issue for supervisors.
Excerpt from the University Acceptable Use Policy -- "An individual's access to computer resources may be suspended or terminated immediately upon the discovery of a serious first time violation of this policy or for repeat offenses in appropriate circumstances."