Network Policy

Network Policy

Saint Augustine ’s University
Center for Information Technology
Network Liability Agreement

Access to, and use of Saint Augustine's University’s computing resources is a privilege granted to members of the Saint Augustine’s University community for scholarship, research, academic, and administrative purposes. Use of these resources include the Internet, listservs, e-mail, application software, and any other electronic form of sharing information and communication. Members of the university community who use computing resources are expected to do so in an effective, efficient, appropriate, ethical, and legal manner. The use of and access to Saint Augustine's University’s computing resources requires the mutual respect and cooperation of faculty, staff, and students to ensure that all members of the Saint Augustine's University community have equal access, privileges, privacy, and protection from interference and harassment.

Computers connecting to the campus network are required to have the following minimum specifications:

  • Pentium 4
  • 2.0 GHz Processor
  • 256 MB RAM
  • Windows XP SP2 or Vista Professional
  • Ethernet card
  • Current anti-virus software

Inappropriate use of the network, such as using resources to develop or execute programs that could harass other users, infiltrate systems, damage or alter the software components of systems, or disrupt activities of the institution is a violation of university policy. This includes, but is not limited to, programs known as computer viruses, Trojan horses, worms, or inappropriate mass mailings e.g. “spamming,” “flooding” or “bombing”. This also refers to any illegal activity such as Peer-to-Peer activity, unauthorized downloading of copyrighted material (i.e. music files from sites such as Kazaa or Morpheus). As a result, network users are required to keep their computers updated with the most recent file updates of anti-virus software. Carelessly distributing programs intended to damage and/or place excessive load on a computer system or network will result in a full network investigation and, based on findings could potentially result in termination of network access and privileges.

During the investigation of an alleged policy violation, a user’s computing and network access may be suspended. Saint Augustine’s University reserves the right to examine a user’s recorded and stored information in the course of investigating an alleged policy violation. Violation of the above policy may result in disciplinary action including, but not limited to, loss of internet access, e-mail, computing services, and/or expulsion/termination from the University.

I understand that I must frequently update my anti-virus software in order to safeguard my system and prevent the potential spread of viruses to others. I agree to refrain from the illegal use of copyrighted material through Peer-to-Peer file sharing as it is against the law. I also understand that I am liable for allowing my computer to be used in an illegal and careless manner.