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Acceptable Use Agreement for Faculty, Staff & Students


Davidson College grants access to its computing resources to faculty, staff, and students. Access is conditioned on adherence to this policy. Davidson College is fully committed to the ideals of academic freedom, freedom of expression, and cultural diversity. At the same time, inappropriate behavior using computing resources, malicious misuse of computing resources, individual use of computing resources for commercial purposes, or any other activity that in any way degrades the college equipment and services or violates the rights of others in the community is strictly prohibited.


This policy seeks to inform faculty, staff, and students of what constitutes acceptable use of its computing resources.


Individual Responsibility

While Information Technology Services (ITS) is responsible for monitoring the use of computer systems, it is also the responsibility of all individuals in the Davidson community to urge their peers and colleagues to use the network and systems appropriately. This responsible activity is the only way that the integrity and availability of the network and systems can be ensured for everyone. Each member of the community is responsible for using only those accounts or computers for which he or she has authorization and is responsible for protecting all passwords. Individual responsibility includes respecting the rights of other users. Individuals are urged to report unauthorized use of computers, networks, or other ITS facilities on campus by calling the Help Desk or notifying the executive director of Information Technology Services.

Institutional Privileges

Davidson College reserves the right to allocate resources in different ways in order to achieve maximum usage. To accomplish this, the system administrators may suspend or terminate privileges of individuals without notice if malicious misuse or use inconsistent with this policy, any other college policy, or applicable law is discovered. Privileges may also be suspended, without notice, to meet time-dependent, critical operational needs. System administrators may also limit the number of messages or files that each user has in order to keep the system functioning.

Legal Compliance

All existing federal and state laws and college regulations and policies apply to the use of computing resources and all users of such resources are required to be in compliance with all laws, regulations and policies at all times. This includes not only those laws and regulations that are specific to computers and networks, but also those that apply generally to personal conduct.


"Computing Resources" include, but are not limited to: personal computers provided for office use, public computer labs, associated peripherals and files, server systems, and Davidson College's networks and network services as well as any other machine or network to which Davidson College provides access or is connected.

Administration of Policy

The executive director of ITS shall oversee this policy and review it at least once every two years. Changes to this policy shall be made in accordance with the college's Policy on Policies.