Information technology resources and access are provided for the explicit and sole purpose of fulfilling official business and the academic functions of the University. SPU maintains the right of ownership for these assets and all information communicated, stored, and processed within. Rights of ownership extent to SPU email, Banner, and similar user accounts which, while provided to and on an individual basis are done so specifically for use in the context of approved business and academic functions. As such, these accounts and all associated information are the property of the University.
Seattle Pacific University reserves the right to audit and inspect any computer system (personal or University owned) that is or has connected to the SPU network for alleged or confirmed violations of the Acceptable Use Policy, and to execute and enforce disciplinary measures SPU deems appropriate. The University reserves the right to audit and monitor all information stores and network transmissions within the campus network regardless of their source of origin.
In order to promote personal privacy and the confidentiality of sensitive information, any suspected violation of the policies set forth herein will be investigated through official University channels, such as: Human Resources (faculty and staff members), the Office of Student Life (students), or other agents as designated by Office of the President. Outside of direct requests by the resource owner, actions taken by CIS must be authorized by SPU named executives. It is also understood that authorized actions by CIS may include access to institutional, departmental, and potentially private and confidential information of the resource owner. Specific actions to investigate and resolve violations will be at the discretion of the investigating authority. Computer and Information Systems (CIS) will act under the direction of the University’s designate when conducting investigations and enforcing disciplinary measures. Procedures for enforcement and privacy are further detailed in the CIS Privileged Account Usage.
The following provisions outline individual responsibilities associated with “Acceptable Use.” In the event that aspects of use are not specifically delineated, the original intent of this policy as outlined above shall form the basis of interpretation and decision making.
It is understood that SPU resources are provided for the purpose of fulfilling academic and business functions of the University. However, it is acknowledged that incidental use of campus resources (such as email, campus owned computers, and the campus network) for some personal use is allowed under this policy.
Based on the relationship of the user to the University, responsibilities will vary in the use of SPU user accounts and technology resources:
The University encourages the legal and authorized sharing of information and expression of ideas. SPU also recognizes and respects intellectual property rights. There is an obligation on the part of all users of University information technology systems, equipment and resources to respect the intellectual property and access-rights of others.
All software (including program applications and multimedia such as music and movie files) is considered copyrighted work unless specifically designated as freeware or open source. In keeping with provisions for intellectual content and copyright ownership, therefore, persons are prohibited from downloading, sharing or making available for distribution or modifying copyrighted material without the express permission from the owner.
The Peer-to-Peer File Sharing and Copyright Compliance policy outlines responsibilities for respecting intellectual property rights and copyright.
Seattle Pacific University policy defines a number of categories of content that are contrary to University lifestyle expectations and inappropriate within our campus environment. Such content is not allowed to be sent or stored on University resources and includes material sent or viewed on the Internet, via email, diskettes, file transfer or any other electronic means; whether written, graphics or images, aural or visual. Specific categories of inappropriate content include:
SPU reserves the right to modify or expand upon these categories as deemed appropriate by the University President.
SPU has implemented a blocking mechanism to prevent access to sexually objectionable web sites. Internet blocking of offensive content began May 4, 2000 and continues to this date. Attempts to circumvent Seattle Pacific University’s Internet Content Filtering policies are expressly prohibited; violations are subject to disciplinary review and action.
Disclaimer of Warranties
The use of these resources is solely at your own risk. These resources are provided on an “as is” and “as available” basis. Seattle Pacific University expressly disclaims all warranties of any kind with respect to these resources whether express or implied. SPU also expressly disclaims any responsibility for the actions of any other user of these resources.
Exclusions and Limitation of Liability
You understand and agree that Seattle Pacific University will not be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, consequential, or exemplary damages, including without limitation, damages for loss of use, data loss, or other losses that result from any use of SPU information technology systems, equipment, or resources.
These resources and their contents are owned by Seattle Pacific University or third parties and are protected by law, including but not limited to copyright and trademark law. Certain content, such as copyrighted materials and trademarks, are used by permission of third parties. Except as allowed by law (such as fair use) or as expressly permitted in connection with specific content, these resources and their contents may not be reproduced, modified, distributed, displayed, performed, or used in any way without the prior written permission of SPU or the third-party owner.
SPU makes no representations or warranties with respect to any linked websites: Your use of any linked website is solely at your own risk.
Changes and Revisions
SPU reserves the right to make changes to any of its information technology systems, equipment, or resources at any time without notice and without liability. SPU may change revise the Acceptable Use Policy at any time at its sole discretion. If a change to the Acceptable Use Policy is made, SPU will post the revised Acceptable Use Policy on this website.
SPU cares about the security of its systems and its users. However, SPU cannot guarantee that unauthorized third parties will not be able to defeat its security measures. You should notify us immediately of any compromise or unauthorized use of your account by emailing the CIS Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Suspended or Terminated Use
SPU may block, suspend, or terminate your use of its information technology systems, equipment or resources at any time for any reason. Reasons SPU might do so include, but are not limited to, the following: (a) your breach of this policy; (b) SPU is unable to verify or authenticate any information you provide to us; or (c) SPU believes that your actions could cause financial loss or legal liability to SPU or other users of these resources; (d) routine network maintenance affecting all users; or (e) your use of these resources in a manner that violates the law or other SPU policies.
All members of the SPU community are expected to participate in insuring the legal and ethical use of University resources as set forth in this Acceptable Use Policy. Suspected or confirmed violations of any provisions set forth herein are to be promptly reported to the appropriate University designate.