The purpose of this policy is to describe the appropriate use and security of University Technological assets, associated responsibilities, and rights of all Users employing these resources. All Users of University Technology assets are expected to be familiar with each policy contained here within and the consequences of violation as listed below. This policy supersedes all previous Gardner-Webb University Computer Usage Policies.
Violation of these contained policies may result in the immediate suspension of computer account and network access pending investigation resolution. Depending on frequency and/or severity, the offender may lose all computer account and network access in addition to facing the appropriate University judicial review. The penalties may include suspension or dismissal from the University and/or criminal prosecution where warranted.
This principle applies to works of all authors and publishers in all media. Respect for intellectual creativity and work is vital to academic discourse and enterprise. It encompasses respect for the right to acknowledgment, the right to privacy, and rights to determine the form, manner, and terms of publication and distribution.
Due to the volatility and ease of reproduction of electronic information, respect for the work and personal expression of others is especially critical in computing environments. Violations of authorial integrity, including plagiarism, invasion of privacy, unauthorized access, and trade secrets and copyright violations may lead to serious consequences as deemed appropriate by respective University judicial review panels.
Users of University technological resources, systems, and/or networks are responsible for what they do on the network. Any illicit activity will be taken very seriously. Each User must maintain a current version of antivirus software and stay current with any operating systems patch releases. The University employs software to ensure that all computers accessing the network are compliant with this requirement, forcing Users to update to the current applicable versions before allowing them to connect to the University network.
Users must respect and adhere to all University policies and federal, state, and
local laws to include, but not limited to, copyrights, intellectual property rights,
and confidential information access. It is a violation of Gardner-Webb policy to
copy, distribute, share, download or update any copyrighted material without the
express permission of the copyright owner.