University of New Hampshire

School of Law

Computer Policies

Acceptable Use Policy (Updated 8-29-06)

Section 1: Introduction a. This policy is established to make users of UNH School of Law's computing resources aware of their privileges and responsibilities.

b. This policy is established to maximize the value of those resources to the UNH School of Law community while permitting maximum freedom of use consistent with law, the school's mission statement, the Student Handbook, the Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual, the Faculty Handbook, and a productive environment. Any use of UNH School of Law computer resources which violates policies contained in these manuals and handbooks also violates this policy; nothing in this policy shall contradict existing school's policy.

c. Violation of this policy can result in reprimand, reduction or loss of computing privileges, and/or referral to Law Center authorities for disciplinary action. Violation of law may result in referral to appropriate authorities.

Section 2: Definitions a. Network -- the physical network media and the attached computers and software owned or controlled by UNH School of Law.

b. Internet -- the global computer network composed of millions of computers and thousands of networks.

c. Logged on -- connected to a service with a non-public user identification (e.g., personal account).

d. Resource -- any computing device, peripheral, software, or related consumable (e.g., paper, disk space, central processor time, network bandwidth) owned or controlled by UNH School of Law.

e. Service -- any software that makes a computer's files or other locally stored information available for use by another computer or facilitates the transfer of data between two remote computers. Services include, but are not limited to, web, file, and e-mail server software.

f. Spam -- unsolicited mass e-mail for the purpose of advertising a service, personal gain, or other inappropriate use.

Section 3: General Use Statement a. Network and computing resources at UNH School of Law are provided primarily to support the mission of UNH School of Law. Users may occasionally use the network for personal needs as long as such use is consonant with established UNH School of Law policy and does not inhibit academic or administrative use of the network.

b. UNH School of Law cannot provide, and will not be responsible for, software kept on personally owned computers, nor are they responsible for the installation, repair, maintenance or upgrade of personally owned hardware.

c. Users should not leave a computer logged on if the user will be away from the computer for an extended period of time (e.g., 30 minutes) or the computer is in an unsecured area.

d. No data, unless required to ensure proper functionality of any given application, shall be stored locally (on any hard drive) of a UNH School of Law owned computer. All data should be saved in an appropriate location on the network. Computer Services shall not be responsible for the loss of any data that is not stored on the network.

e. Personal accounts are private and should not be shared with others.

f. The use of UNH School of Law resources, including the network, for political gain or exclusive personal gain shall not be permitted.

g. The University of New Hampshire School of Law may restrict the use of computing and network resources. This includes blocking spam messages and deleting user files and mail to conserve disk space on UNH School of Law owned computers.

h. Employees, students, and other authorized users may post electronic documents and images (e.g. web pages) for public access provided that those documents conform to policies contained within the documents listed in Section 1{b} and United States and international copyright law.

Section 4: Account Eligibility/Network Registration a. All students, faculty, and staff must register their computer (network card hardware address), using their school-provided e-Mail account credentials, in order to be granted access to the UNH School of Law network.

b. Granting network access to visitors and/or would-be internet users that do not have a UNH School of Law e-Mail account is at the sole discretion of the Computer Services department.  The use of personal account credentials by any UNH School of Law user for the purpose of granting access to such individuals is strictly forbidden.

c. All student groups requesting email accounts must get prior approval from the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs. This account will be reviewed on a yearly basis for use/need.

d. Students who are no longer enrolled at UNH School of Law due to their own choosing will have their network/email access privileges removed one (1) week after notification from the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs.

e. Students who are dismissed will have their network/email access privileges revoked immediately upon notification from the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs.

f. Graduated students will have their network/email access accounts deleted one (1) full calendar year after graduation with no exceptions. If a graduated student is employed by UNH School of Law and said employment requires access to the internet or network, provisions can be made to accommodate this request for a limited time. All Franklin Pierce Law Center/UNH School of Law Alumni can opt-in to our Alumni e-Mail forwarding service at any time by contacting a member of the Computer Services Department.

g. Attorney members of the University of New Hampshire School of Law Library are the only people afforded the privilege to use the two (2) attorney member workstations located in the University of New Hampshire School of Law Library. No other person(s) shall use said computers at any time.

Section 5: Computer Labs a. Balance-free print/copy/identification cards shall be handed out to each enrolled student at the beginning of their academic career. It is the responsibility of each student to place funds on their own print card using the machine located on the second floor of the library. Student printing will be charged at the rate of 10 cents per printed page. UNH School of Law shall not be responsible for lost or damaged cards. In the event that a print/copy card is lost or damaged, the first card re-print will be provided for free by the UNH School of Law, each re-print after that will cost $5 (with the prior balance being transferred to each new card).

b. There shall be absolutely no food or drink in any of the computer labs. This includes permanent and spill-proof containers.

c. Around the clock courtesy hours are observed in all computer labs. The use of cellular phones is expressly forbidden.

Section 6: Unacceptable Uses a. Using the network for any unlawful activity.

b. Sending spam or creating or retransmitting chain e-mail messages.

c. Sending e-mail from another user's account.

d. Altering the header of an e-mail message to prevent the recipient from determining the actual sender of the e-mail.

e. Logging into or using any computer account or accessing, modifying, or creating any files without the account owner's permission.

f. Introducing new services or resources (e.g., personal web server) or altering existing services or resources (e.g., registering personal domain name) on the network without the approval of Computer Services.

g. Transmitting, without authorization, information proprietary to the UNH School of Law or information that could be construed as a statement of official UNH School of Law policy, position, or attitude.

h. Distributing information encouraging the patronage of network sites containing material prohibited by policies contained within the documents listed in Section 1{b}.

i. Wasting resources such as print services, disk space, and network bandwidth.

j. Intercepting network traffic without authorization.

k. Using the network for any activity that results in degradation of UNH School of Law provided services, denies services to other network users, or jeopardizes the security or capabilities of the network.

l. Installing, using, or introducing non-endorsed (by Computer Services) software on ANY UNH School of Law owned computer. This includes, but is not limited to, instant messaging software, spyware, and games.

m. Creating personal copies of licensed, proprietary software or running illegally copied software.

n. Altering system files of operating system software in any way that prevents or interferes with the intended use of the computer system by others.

Section 7: Software Licensing / Support a. UNH School of Law does not provide any software or support (beyond a simple wireless configuration and printer client access) for any non UNH School of Law owned computers.

Section 8: Privacy a. UNH School of Law cannot guarantee the privacy or security of user’s computer files or the anonymity of any user. Staff of the Computer Services department may be required to enter any user’s files/accounts, at any time, in order to rectify system problems or to address other improper system use.

b. Images of students, faculty, and staff appear throughout the UNH School of Law's website. Unless requested otherwise via the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and the web department, the right for the UNH School of Law to use said images for the use on UNH School of Law owned and operated web pages is accepted by the user.

 

University of New Hampshire School of Law Web Policy

Section 1: Introduction

a. No personal student web pages shall be hosted on any University of New Hampshire School of Law server.

b. Student groups authorized by the Associate Dean for Student Affairs are eligible to apply for a web presence for the group (including, but not limited to a UNH School of Law e- Mail account, BBS forum, and listserv).

c. Individual students that are under the supervision and/or direction of a UNH School of Law faculty member for a web project authorized by the Dean and/or Associate Dean can apply for a web presence for the project.

d. To apply for a web presence on a UNH School of Law server, one must arrange a consultation with appropriate Computer Services staff.

e. The UNH School of Law Webmaster retains complete control, including the prerogative to change site content, as well as the approval of what is and is not allowed on our servers, for all UNH School of Law hosted sites.

Section 2: Use of Images on the Web a. Individual student’s names are not to be placed in the ALT text of images without expressed written consent. Said expressed written consent shall remain on file with the Computer Services department.

b. Photos of students, faculty and staff in and around UNH School of Law that appear on the UNH School of Law's web pages are intended to portray the vital role that they play in the day-to-day events at UNH School of Law.

c. Students, faculty and staff who do NOT wish to have their image appear on the the University of New Hampshire School of Law website can complete an opt-out request that shall remain on file with the Computer Services department and the Associate Dean for Student Affairs. Requests by a person to remove any specific images will be honored to the fullest extent that is possible.

Section 3: Copyrighted Materials a. Copyrighted graphics, images, or other content must have the appropriate permission(s) (along with proof of said permission) available upon request before being placed on a University of New Hampshire School of Law server.

Section 4: Accessibility a. All web pages are to comply with the World Wide Web consortium's (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) [http://www.w3.org/TR/WAI-WEBCONTENT/].

Section 5: Technical and Coding Considerations

a. All images and graphics are to have descriptive ALT tags.

b. The use of cascading style sheets is highly recommended.

c. Deprecated tags should not be used unless absolutely necessary and only after consultation with the Webmaster. For example, font and bold tags have been deprecated and should not be used.

d. Pages should be designed for viewing at a resolution of 800 by 600 pixels. Avoid forcing the user to scroll to the right or left to read a page.

e. All class material intended for the web needs to be presented to Computer Services in an electronic format that is easily converted to an appropriate web format.

f. Regular HTML files should end in the .htm extension, not .html and should be named with all lowercase characters and with no spaces.

g. "Enhancements," such as Java, Javascript, and/or animations should be used sparingly, always keeping in mind that not everyone uses Java (by choice or by circumstances) and that these will slow down the loading of pages. In general, we tend to prefer and use Macromedia products such as Flash and ColdFusion to provide enhancements or database driven content.

h. Links to other pages and graphics within any UNH School of Law site should always employ relative links and not absolute links.

i. Frames should not be used at all. If there is a situation that demands frames, please consult with the Webmaster.

Section 6: Content Providers a. At least one person from each department or organization shall be designated as the contact person for that department or organization's web content. Said contact person will be responsible for the maintenance of relevant and up-to-date content of that department or organization's pages. Failure to comply with said responsibility could result in the de-activation of said department or organization's web privileges and/or content.

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