Effective Date: July 1, 2007
Revised: February, 2013
Columbia University requires that all individuals accessing University electronic information resources to abide by the standards of acceptable usage indicated within this policy.
The University is not responsible for information or materials residing on non-University systems or available over publicly accessible networks even if accessed via the University's network. Such materials do not necessarily reflect the attitudes, opinions, or values of the University, its trustees, faculty, staff, or students.
The University reserves the right to modify or amend this policy and to limit or restrict the use of its electronic information resources at its sole discretion.
Reason for the Policy
Columbia University's network and computing technology provides information, data, and communication services. Responsible use of electronic information resources is necessary to create and maintain an open community of responsible users based on mutual respect and cooperation, commitment to the integrity of resources and data, and compliance with all University policies and federal, state, and local statutes.
This policy defines acceptable usage of Columbia University network and computing resources.
Primary Guidance to Which This Policy Responds
This policy is established under the provisions of Columbia University's Information Technology Security and Policy Program.
Responsible University Office & Officer
The office of Columbia University Information Technology Security is responsible for the maintenance of this policy, and for responding to questions regarding this policy. The Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) is the responsible officer.
This policy was established in July 2007. The policy was updated in January 2011 to include prohibiting the use of University technology and resources for the purpose of intimidation and harassment of others.
Who is Governed by This Policy
This policy applies to all individuals who access, use, or control University electronic information resources. Those individuals covered include, but are not limited to staff, faculty, students, those working on behalf of the University, guests, tenants, visitors, and individuals authorized by affiliated institutions and organizations.
Who Should Know This Policy
All individuals governed by this policy should be familiar with it.
Exclusions & Special Situations
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