|Whitworth University Academic Computer Labs
Computer User Responsibility Policy
All users are to participate in assuring legal and ethical use of Whitworth
computers and user accounts, and to limit user access to computers, data
and programs for which the individual is authorized. Specific responsibilities
include the following:
Academic computer labs are for the purpose of completing
coursework and other academic projects. When there is space
available, they may be used for homework,
e-mail and other personal
The labs are not to be used for gaming or for the viewing
of pornographic or other materials that would violate university policies
on sexual or racial harassment or the behavioral-conduct regulations
of the Whitworth community as stated in the university catalog and the student
Users are not authorized to install software or modify
existing programs on university computers. This includes the introduction
of public-domain or bulletin-board or chat software on any Whitworth
computer without prior approval by the department of instructional
Users are prohibited unauthorized access to others'
data with the intent to read, browse, modify or delete files, directories,
or data in any form.
Users are prohibited from making or downloading illegal
copies of commercial software and music files.
Users are prohibited from using Whitworth computers
or networks to compromise other computers or networks, or to commit
crimes or other unethical acts.
Users are to keep passwords and accounts confidential. Take appropriate safety measures with regard to account access, to
include the following:
Choose difficult-to-guess passwords. They should
not be found in a dictionary.
Change passwords often.
Do not leave terminals unattended without logging
Never share your password with another person. If you suspect that your password is not longer confidential, change
Handle all data responsibly in accordance with published
campus policies, especially the Family Education Rights and Privacy
Act. If in doubt about the confidentiality of data, do not release
it until the right to release the data has been determined.
Any violation of the stated responsibilities regarding
system security should be reported to computing services. All
users are to participate in assuring legal and ethical use of Whitworth
computers and user accounts. Violations of this policy may result
in disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment
By accepting and using your assigned Whitworth account,
you are accepting and agreeing to abide by the terms of this policy.