Policy # : 08-02

Effective: September 11, 2008

Revised: May 29, 2009

Section: Operations and Services

Subject: Private computers and their usage on college owned networks.


The purpose of this policy is to outline the acceptable use of private computers (those not purchased with University funds) within the College of Health and Human Development  (CHHD). 

To describe what responsibility users and ISS have when private computers are being used on the CHHD network.


This policy applies to faculty, staff, students, contractors, consultants, temporaries, and other workers in the College of Health and Human Development, including all personnel affiliated with third parties. This policy applies to all private equipment that is connected to the CHHD network.

Inappropriate computer use exposes all network “residents” to risks including virus attacks, compromise of systems and services, and possible litigation and dismissal from employment. CHHD computing systems are to be used strictly for business purposes to meet the administrative, academic and research needs of the College.  Effective security is a team effort involving the participation and support of ISS and every CHHD employee and affiliate who deals with information and/or information systems. It is the responsibility of every computer user to understand this policy and conduct their online activities accordingly.


ISS will allow the use of private computers (desktops and laptops not purchased with University funds) on CHHD owned and maintained networks provided the following criteria are met and validated by ISS staff:



The following activities are prohibited. College IT professionals may be exempted from these restrictions during the course of their legitimate job responsibilities (e.g., systems administration staff may have a need to disable the network access of a host if that host is disrupting production services).

Under no circumstances is an employee of CHHD authorized to engage in any activity that is illegal under local, state, federal or international law while utilizing CHHD-owned resources.

The lists of prohibited activities presented below are by no means exhaustive, but are provided to form a framework for activities which fall into the category of unacceptable use.

The following activities are strictly prohibited, with no exceptions:


Any employee found to have violated this policy may be subject to disciplinary action by their Administrative unit, the College, or the University.