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Appropriate Use of Information Technology CAUSE INFORMATION RESOURCES LIBRARY The attached document is provided through the CAUSE

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APPROPRIATE USE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES AND SERVICES Computing and Communications The University of British Columbia The University of British Columbia is committed to ensuring a working and learning environment in which all persons treat others with humanity and respect. The computing and communication facilities and services provided by Computing and Communications are primarily intended for teaching, research, and administrative purposes. Their use is governed by all applicable University policies, including the Human Rights, Sexual Harassment, Patents and Licensing and Student Discipline policies, as well as by all applicable Canadian federal, provincial and local laws and statutes, including the Criminal Code of Canada, the B.C.

Civil Rights Protection Act and by the B.C. Human Rights Act. These are supplemented by the acceptable use policies established by those networks to which UBC's campus network is interconnected, the Internet, which includes, for example, BCnet, CA*net and NSFnet. The user bears the primary responsibility for the material that he or she chooses to access, send or display. The computer facilities may not be used in any manner which contravenes the above policies, laws or statutes. Those who do not adhere to these guidelines may be subject to suspension of computing privileges. More details on the guidelines are available through View UBC, the UBC on-line information service under the heading "Appropriate Use of Information Technology." Signature of an account application form or on-line registration for a service denotes that the applicant has read and understands the guidelines available on-line and also denotes acceptance of the above-stated terms of use. RESPONSIBLE USE Responsible use of computing and communications facilities and services requires that you: * * * Respect the legal protection provided by copyright and license to programs and data. Respect the rights of others by complying with all University policies regarding intellectual property. Respect the rights of others by complying with all University policies regarding sexual, racial and other forms of harassment, and by preserving the privacy of personal data to which you have access. Respect the privacy of others by not tampering with their files, tapes, passwords, or accounts, or representing others when messaging or conferencing. Use only computer IDs or accounts and communication facilities which you are duly authorized to use, and use them for the purposes for which they were intended. Respect the integrity of computing systems and data; for example, by not intentionally developing programs or making use of already existing programs that harass other users, or infiltrate a computer or computing system, and/or damage or alter the software components of a computer or computing system, or gain unauthorized access to other facilities accesssible via the network. Use computing and communications facilities in a manner which is consistent with the ethical principles set forth by the University and with accepted community standards. Respect and adhere to any local, provincial or federal

law which may govern use of these computing and communication facilities in Canada. These include, but are not limited to, the Criminal Code of Canada, the B.C. Civil Rights Protection Act and the B.C. Human Rights Act. ALSO, PLEASE READ The following information is provided on-line through View UBC, the UBC information service, to help guide your use of computing and communication facilities at UBC. Once you've connected to View UBC, select "Appropriate Use of Information Technology" from the first View UBC menu. * BCnet Acceptable Use Policy The acceptable use policy for BCnet, which supplements the statement of responsible use contained in this brochure for the computing facilities on which you have an account. * The UBC Policy Handbook Including, but not restricted to, the policies on Sexual Harassment, Human Rights, Patents and Licensing, and Student Discipline. Printed copies are also available from UBC faculty or departmental offices and the President's Office. * * * * * Electronic Mail: Guidelines A Primer on... the USENET Community What is USENET? Related Reading Recommended Reading: Internet

To connect to View UBC... ------------------------For information on connecting to View UBC from a Mac or PC, see the Fast Facts Connecting to View UBC, the UBC Information Service, available from Computer Sciences Room 100. To connect to View UBC from UNIXG, Computing and Communications' general UNIX service, log in to UNIXG, then enter: gopher REPORTING ABUSE OF COMPUTING FACILITIES Abuse of the computing and communications facilities provided by Computing and Communications should be reported to Jack Leigh, Director, University Computing Services, by phone (822-3931) or by electronic mail (

Date Revised: 8/31/93 (jla)