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Acceptable Use Policy for Information Technology Resources at UNH Purpose

The purpose of this Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) is to ensure an information technology (IT) infrastructure that promotes the basic missions of the University in teaching, research, administration, and service. In particular this AUP aims to promote these goals:

  • To ensure the integrity, reliability, availability, and performance of IT resources.
  • To ensure that use of IT resources is consistent with the principles and values that govern use of other University facilities and services.
  • To ensure that IT resources are used for their intended purposes.
  • To establish processes for addressing policy violations and sanctions for those committing violations.


This Policy applies to all users of IT resources, including but not limited to University students, faculty, and staff, and to the use of all IT resources. These include systems, networks, and facilities administered by Information Technology (IT), as well as those administered by individual schools, departments, University laboratories, and other University-based entities. This includes the general public. Use of University IT resources, even when carried out on a privately-owned computer that is not managed or maintained by the University, is governed by this policy (OLPM UNH.VI.F.4.2).

User Responsibility

For complete and up-to-date content please refer to the Acceptable Use Policy for Information Technology Resources at UNH published on our Web site at: . Users are specifically advised that infringement of copyright laws constitutes a violation of the Acceptable Use Policy, and that UNH follows an established process to respond to complaints from copyright holders about students who allegedly violate the copyright law through electronic means such as peer-to-peer file sharing through personal computers. If the university receives a lawfully ordered subpoena to provide personally identifiable information (such as name and address) matching an IP address that has been identified as an alleged source of copyright violations, it will comply. See also for information concerning the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and the University's compliance procedures for the sections that deal with online copyright infringement liability limitation. The policy is periodically reviewed and updated. It is the user's responsibility to familiarize herself/himself with the updates.

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 Information Technology 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 Information Technology 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 Information Technology 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) [].

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 Information Technology 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.