Code of Conduct for Users of the University of Limerick's Computing Resources
- University computing resources are provided to facilitate a person's work as an employee or student of the University of Limerick and/or for educational, training, or research purposes. Computing or network resources must not be used for commercial or personal gain.
- Software and/or information provided by the University of Limerick may only be used as part of the user's duties as an employee or student of the University or for educational purposes.
- The user agrees to abide by all the licensing agreements for software entered into by the University.
- Students and staff are allocated individual accounts to use University computing resources. Each account has a username and password. These are for the exclusive use of the person using computing resources. Unauthorised use must not be attempted to or made of computing or network resources allocated to another person.
- The user is responsible and accountable for all activities carried out under his/her username. The password associated with a particular personal username must not be divulged to another person.
- The choice of passwords should adhere to established good practice.
- Attempts to access or use any username that is not authorised to the user are prohibited. Such attempts may be in breach of the Criminal Damages Act(1991).
- No person shall jeopardise the integrity, performance or reliability of the University's computer equipment, software and other stored information. In this context, "software" is taken to comprise programs, routines, procedures and their associated documentation which can be implemented on a computer system, including personal computers and workstations. Users must take adequate precautions against malicious software (e.g. computer virus programs) if the integrity of the University's computer systems is not to be jeopardised.
- Existing norms of behaviour apply to computer based information as to more traditional media. The ability to undertake a particular action does not imply that it is acceptable. Examination of any files on the computer of a colleague is equivalent to examining a private filing cabinet. Seeking to find unprotected files on a multi-user system falls into a similar category. It is not acceptable to send communications which may be offensive, obscene or abusive via the computer.
- The user undertakes not to use any of the University's computing or network resources to make use of or publish material that is obscene, libellous or defamatory or in violation of any right of any third party.
- No user shall interfere or attempt to interfere in any way with information belonging to another user. Similarly no user shall make unauthorised copies of information belonging to another user.
- Any software, data or information which becomes available through the use of computing or communications resources shall not be copied or used without permission of the University, or any other owner of the software, data or information.
- The user undertakes not to infringe any copyright residing in documentation of software.
- The user undertakes to comply with all laws relating to the use of the computer, use of computer networks and copyright ( in particular the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1988).
- The user undertakes to comply with the University's Ethical and Legal Use of Electronic Copyright Material.
- The user must not undertake any actions that bring the University into disrepute.
- The user may use approved University of Limerick links to external computing facilities they are authorised to use. When using such facilities the user must abide by the rules or code of conduct of the host organisation.
- Persons in contravention of this code of conduct are subject to the University of Limerick's disciplinary and/or criminal procedures.