USA Computer Use Policy
Purpose of This Policy
- To educate users about their responsibilities regarding acceptable
use of University computers/networks
- To describe and prohibit unacceptable use of University computers/networks
Computer Use Policy Summary
All persons using University of South Alabama computing and telecommunication
resources must comply with the University's Computer Use Policy.
The Policy applies to all computer workstations, servers, network
devices, software, databases, and related equipment accessed directly
or indirectly through the Internet. The University encourages
authorized users to make acceptable use of computer resources,
consistent with its educational, research, and service-related
mission. Users must also comply with all applicable federal and
state laws and University regulations regarding intellectual property,
including federal copyright law, and with all applicable licenses
or contracts regarding the use of software.
In situations where access to computer resources is limited,
priority use of these resources must be granted to educational
and research-related activities. Recreational and personal use
of University computer resources is permitted only to a limited
extent and only when they are not needed for educational research activities.
Certain uses of University computer resources are never permitted.
These include the following:
- Interfering with the operation of the USA computer and telecommunications
systems, including "hacking" or "cracking"
- Altering or damaging computer hardware or software
- Transmitting obscene communications
- Using unauthorized passwords or circumventing system security
- Broadcasting unsolicited messages ("spamming")
- Invading the privacy of another person
- Using University resources for personal commercial or financial
purposes, including the sales of lecture notes or the intellectual
property of others
- Intentionally viewing, downloading, printing or sending unlawful
material, including pornography, threats, or harassing communications
Users are responsible for the accuracy of all information posted
on the Internet or on University-related home pages. In addition,
any University web site must be consistent with the guidelines
of USA Web Services, found at
The foregoing is a summary of key points of the official University
of South Alabama Computer Use Policy. Further details can be
found in the individual sections below. Users are
expected to be familiar with it. Violation of the terms of
the Policy can result in denial of privileges, and other penalties
as outlined in the Policy. If there are any differences between
this summary and the official Policy, the terms of the Policy
shall supersede this summary.
General Policy for Faculty/Staff
The University of South Alabama, through its Computer Services
Center (CSC), provides an academic network and multi-user Unix
systems to be used by faculty, staff and students for instructional
and research activities. The CSC also houses the center of the
University networks, including the main campus fiber networks
and the wide-area links to the USA Health Systems. Anyone using the
campus network, campus systems or computer equipment owned
by the University must be authorized to do so, and must adhere
to all guidelines stated in the USA
Faculty/Staff Computer Use Policy.
All University employees are required to adhere to the policies
listed throughout this document. However, these policies do not
preclude individual departments from making more specific guidelines
for their employees based on the nature of their work.
General Policy for Students
USA provides student access to computer resources through its
departmental labs located throughout campus. Students using these
labs must adhere to all University policies regarding the use
of computers and computer networks, including the USA
Student Computer Use Policy.
Lab privileges can be denied to anyone using this equipment for
illegal or unethical purposes. Any illegal behavior observed in
the labs may be reported to appropriate University officials or
law enforcement agencies. All students are required to adhere
to the policies pertaining to them throughout this document. However,
these policies do not preclude individual departments from making
more specific guidelines for their students or facilities.