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Acceptable Use Policy

Last Updated: May 27, 2021

This policy applies to all users including PCMR staff, users of a business under contract with PCMR, and guest users of PCMR computer networks, equipment, or connecting resources.

  • PCMR Inspection of Personal Electronic Information - All information technology resources, including computer network, equipment and connected resources, provided by PCMR are the property of PCMR. PCMR values the principles of freedom and privacy and does not condone casual inspection of the information contained within or transmitted via these resources. However, electronic information on PCMR networks or equipment, including, but not limited to, electronic mail and personal information, is subject to examination by PCMR where:

    • It is necessary to maintain or improve the functioning of PCMR computing resources;​

    • There is a suspicion of misconduct under PCMR policies, or suspicion of violation of Federal or State laws;

    • It is necessary to comply with or verify compliance with Federal or State law including e-discovery procedures; or

    • If it will serve a legitimate business need of PCMR.

  • Acceptable Use Guidelines​​​

    • Responsibilities of Users of PCMR Computer Resources:​

      • Respect the intellectual property rights of authors, contributors, and publishers in all media.​

      • Protect user ID, password, and system from unauthorized use.

      • Adhere to the terms of software licenses and other contracts. Persons loading software on any PCMR computer must adhere to all licensing requirements for the software. Except where allows by PCMR site licenses, copying software licensed for PCMR use for personal use is a violation of this policy.

      • Adhere to other PCMR policies, including the Employee Handbook.

      • Adhere to data access policies of the University or those established by law.

      • Use PCMR computer resources in a manner that is compliant with PCMR policies and State and Federal law.

    • Prohibited Uses of PCMR Computer Resources:​

      • Unauthorized or excessive personal use. Use may be excessive if it overburdens a network, results in substantial use of system capacity, or otherwise subjects the institution to increased costs, or risks (employees additional may be subject to discipline for unauthorized or excessive personal use of computer resources.)​

      • Uses that interfere with the proper functioning of PCMR's information technology resources.

      • Uses that unreasonably interfere with the ability of others to make use of PCMR computer resources.

      • Attempting to gain or gaining unauthorized access to the computer system, or files of another.

      • Use of PCMR computer resources to infringe the intellectual property rights of others.

      • Use of PCMR computer resources for personal profit, except as permitted under the PCMR conflict of interest policy.

  • Enforcement of Acceptable Use Policy​ - Violation of the Acceptable Use Policy may result in a denial of access to PCMR information technology resources or appropriate disciplinary action.

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