University Computer Networks Acceptable Use Guidelines
NOTE - These guidelines are a subset of the
full guidelines available at:
is pleased to provide you with an account to access Hofstra University's
computing and information facilities. Your access to the University's
computing and information facilities is granted subject to local,
state and federal laws and the University Judicial Code.
These guidelines are designed to promote legal, ethical and
academic honesty and encourage appropriate use of these shared resources.
Adherence to these guidelines demonstrates respect for the laws of
intellectual property, ownership of data, system security mechanisms,
and for an individual's right to privacy and freedom from intimidation,
harassment and unwarranted annoyance.
Hofstra University expects you to exercise responsible, ethical
behavior according to these guidelines when using its computing facilities.
Access to Hofstra University Computing and information facilities
is granted as long as these guidelines are followed. By connecting
and/or logging into the Hofstra University network and computing facilities,
the user agrees to the terms and conditions of these Acceptable Use
Guidelines as outlined below.
COMPUTING NETWORKS ACCEPTABLE USE GUIDELINES
Access and use of computing and networking resources at Hofstra
University are privileges extended to members of the Hofstra community.
Access to Hofstra computing and networking resources is limited to
authorized users and is for approved purposes only. "Authorized
users" is defined as "any member of the Hofstra community
who is issued a Hofstra ID card, and UCCE faculty and students.
Registered students have individual accounts that can be used
in any of the open access lab facilities and are also provided with
access to Internet and e-mail resources from the dormitories.
Hofstra University computing resources include computer hardware
and software, computer- based files and data, and the campus-wide
data network, and all networks reached via this campus wide network,
such as the Internet. Approved purposes are those consistent with
both the broad instructional, administrative and research mission
of Hofstra University and the user's relationship with the University.
Hofstra University's Computer Center provides data network
services [known as the HOFSTRA NETWORK] for all organizations within
the University. The Computer Center provides centralized computer-related
services for instruction, administration and research. Other Hofstra
schools and departments may have specialized computer resources for
the use of their department and/or academic discipline.
Each holder of a Hofstra Network account, or of any school
or departmental account permitting network access such as UCCE, has
the responsibility to use resources referred to above in an ethical
and legal manner and agrees as to the following as a condition for
use of the account:
I understand that my access to Hofstras computing resources is for the sole purpose of facilitating
my work as a University student.
Violators of the policies outlined in this document and those
listed at the Hofstra University Acceptable Use for Computing
Policy web site may find their network access disabled, with
no prior warning, until a full investigation is completed or sufficient
safeguards have been put into place to ensure that no further violations
It is the responsibility of all network users to accept full
responsibility for the use of their accounts and machines, and to
preserve their sole individual use of their accounts by not sharing
them with other individuals, by maintaining secret passwords, by changing
passwords frequently, and by selecting passwords which are
difficult to guess or decrypt.
Hofstra University is not responsible for any loss of data,
damage to hardware or software on your personal systems at home or
in the residence halls.
Hofstra University believes in the user's rights to privacy,
however when there is sufficient evidence of wrong doings, the University
reserves the right to examine and impound any files, information or
computer system(s) resident or attached to the Hofstra University
All persons accessing Hofstra University computing resources
will be held accountable for their conduct. Conduct which
involves the use of University resources in an inappropriate manner
or which violates another person's rights may result in revocation
of computing usage privileges and is subject to University disciplinary
action as outlined in the University's policies and Judicial Code
as outlined in the Guide to Pride. Such conduct may also be subject
to criminal or civil legal action.
Any abuse or violation of the rules outlined here (or of other
rules and practices governing the use of computer networks to which
Hofstra is attached) will lead to:
account suspension and immediate review, with the possibility
of account revocation; further disciplinary action in accordance with
Hofstra University rules and procedures; and referral to local, state
and federal law enforcement authorities.
These privileges and further clarifications are continuously
reviewed and amended. Please refer to www.hofstra.edu and link
to Student Computing Services Policies.