As part of its educational and research missions, the University of Missouri-St. Louis strives to provide quality technology-based facilities. These include large and small systems, communication networks, personal computers, video and multimedia devices, as well as associated software, files, and data. Although computers affect how individuals communicate and interact with each other, computers do not change underlying social values and established individual rights with respect to personal privacy and ownership of property. Computing facilities are recognized as community resources. Each user, therefore, is expected to act responsibly so as not to violate the rights of others.
Listed herein are certain responsibilities and the ethical behavior expected of each computer user. The guidelines presented here reflect U.S. Copyright Law, State of Missouri Statutes, and additional specific rules imposed by the Campus. Information Technology Services and the Office of Student Affairs maintain current copies of the pertinent federal and state statutes available for reference.
Computer software may be protected by federal copyright law.
Most software available in University facilities is proprietary and is protected by licensing agreements in addition to the copyright law and, therefore, should not be copied.
Special provisions for copying may be granted by the copyright owner and will be specified within the software package, documentation, or license agreement. Read and understand these provisions carefully before making any copies.
Under no circumstances should copyrighted software be distributed outside the University through any mechanism, electronic or otherwise.
The user is responsible for being aware of licensing restrictions for the software used. Lack of knowledge does not justify a violation of the law.
When in doubt, do not copy. Violation of copyright law or licensing agreements may result in University disciplinary action and/or legal action.
In order to receive support from Information Technology Services or vendors, you may be asked to produce manuals, original diskettes, serial number, or other proof of proper software licensing. In addition, vendors normally require proof of ownership to upgrade to a new version of the product.
Missouri State Law:
569.093 - 569.099 Cum Supp RSMo 1992
Missouri State law makes illegal the unauthorized access and illegal interference with computer systems or computer data, corruption or destruction of computer data and interference with other computer users. To be in compliance with the State statutes, follow the procedures listed below.
Computer access is a privilege granted to an individual and may not be transferred to, or shared with another person without explicit authorization from the Associate Vice Chancellor for Information Technology, or the appropriate system administrator.
All computer users are expected to observe ethical behavior in the use of the University equipment and services. Examples of unacceptable behavior include:
No person may use University computing resources for any illegal or unauthorized act. In particular, individuals may not use computing resources to violate any state or federal laws or any regulation of the University of Missouri - St. Louis, including, but not limited to, any laws of regulations governing the creation, dissemination or possession of pornography or other illegal documents or images; and the possession or use of programs, files or instructions for violating system security. In addition, users are bound by the MORENET agreement that prohibits, among other things, campaigning and commercial activities (see policy at http://www.more.net/projects/members/aup.html).
All users of University computing equipment and services are expected to observe the rights of users. Unacceptable behavior includes:
All user files are subject to examination and deletion by the appropriate system administrator without notice to the user in the process of maintaining system integrity.
Administrators of individual systems and/or laboratories may impose additional restrictions upon their use. Individuals should check with the appropriate system administrators or their representatives of those systems and/or laboratories to determine any additional rights and responsibilities.
In particular, users should be aware of campus email and Web policies, as well as any law governing their use. Some relevant campus policies governing email and web are listed below.
All electronic mail sent through UM-St. Louis servers must contain the true identification information of the sender. The forging of return addresses is called spoofing. Spoofing of an email address is not permitted. Tampering with email headers if prohibited.
No email should be addressed to more than fifty users at a time. Any email messages addressed to 50 or more addresses is considered bulk email. To address all faculty members, permission must be granted by the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs. To address all students, permission must be granted by the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs. To address all staff members, permission must be granted by the Vice Chancellor of University Relations. (Please note that sending messages to "listservs" or other University-based group communication protocol does not violate this requirement.) Electronic mail "spamming," or flooding of the Internet with many copies of the same message, is prohibited.
Commercial activities and political campaigning through email are prohibited. Do not send email to those parties who do not wish to receive it. If another member of the University community asks not to receive your email, stop sending it.
Mail bombing is prohibited. You may not send an electronic mail message to other accounts with the intent of disrupting the recipients' use of their accounts. This includes sending unwanted, frequent or extremely large messages.
The sending of chain letter type electronic mail messages is prohibited.
Any electronic mail that disrupts or interferes with other network users, services, or equipment is prohibited. Examples include, but are not limited to:
i). transmission of virus software
ii). unsolicited bulk email ("spam")
iii). threatening or harassing material
Unofficial pages cannot have any official or official-appearing University logo and should not appear to be representative of the University or one of its units or of a collective or official position.
Regardless of source or type, ALL documents mounted on the Web via UM-St. Louis servers are automatically subject to applicable laws and University guidelines, rules, and regulations applicable to their creation, display, and use, including, but not limited to the Collected Rules and Regulations, Business Policy Manual, and the University codes of conduct for faculty, staff, and students.
All Web pages are subject to regulations covered by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, United States Code). This includes the use of text, graphics, movies, and audio files on the Internet. Even if there is no explicit statement of copyright, U.S. Copyright Law states that original works may not be reproduced, distributed, or displayed without permission of the creator or copyright holder.
Access to computing resources is contingent upon prudent and responsible use. Inappropriate use of computing services and facilities may result in loss of computing privileges. In addition, disciplinary and/or legal action will be pursued for violation of these codes and statutes through appropriate University procedures.