Campus Network Connection and Acceptable Use Policy
Academic Computing and Networking
Updated: August 12th 2007
Computing and data communications resources at the Colorado School of Mines are valuable and limited resources that
serve a large number and variety of users. All users have the responsibility to make use of these resources in an efﬁcient,
ethical, and legal manner.
The School’s computer and network services provide access to resources on and off campus and shall be used in a manner
consistent with the instructional, research, and administrative objectives of the School and with the purpose for which such
use was intended. Such open access is a privilege, and imposes upon users certain responsibilities and obligations. Access
to the School’s network services is granted subject to School policies, and local, state, and federal laws. Acceptable use is
always ethical, reﬂects academic honesty, and shows restraint in the consumption of shared resources. It demonstrates
respect for intellectual property, ownership of data, copyright laws, system security mechanisms, and individuals' rights to
privacy and to freedom from intimidation and harassment. All activities inconsistent with these objectives are considered to be
inappropriate and may jeopardize continued use of computing facilities and networks.
In consideration of being allowed to use the School’s network resources, users acknowledge and agree to the following:
1. I shall not use network resources for any illegal activity or for any activity prohibited by this policy (see subsequent pages for
examples of inappropriate conduct that is prohibited), the "Computing & Networking Resource and Responsible Use
Policy", the Standards and Codes of Conduct (see http://www.is.mines.edu/FO/SRTK/rules.shtm) or the policies set forth
in the Faculty Handbook (see http://www.mines.edu/Academic/affairs/fachandbook/).
2. I agree not to use network resources to infringe upon or otherwise impair, interfere with or violate any copyright or other
intellectual property rights of another. This pertains to all copyrighted material, including, but not limited to music, video and
software. I understand that I may be potentially liable for misuse of the Resources, including acts that are contrary to school
policy. Except for such claims as may be covered by the Governmental Immunity Act (Colorado Revised Statutes
24-10-101 et seq.), I agree to be responsible for all claims arising from my misuse of the network and shall indemnify and
hold harmless CSM from any costs, expenses or liabilities that might be asserted or imposed upon it or any of its ofﬁcers,
agents or afﬁliates as a result of such misuse.
3. I shall avoid any action that interferes with the efﬁcient operation of the network or impedes the ﬂow of information
necessary for academic or administrative operations of the School.
4. I shall protect my computer resources such as EKey, logins and systems from unauthorized use. I acknowledge that I am
responsible for reasonably securing my computer, including implementing such protections as logins to prohibit
unauthorized use, applying in a timely fashion operating system and software patches that protect my computer from
hackers, and implementing virus scanning software.
5. I will access only information that is my own, which is publicly available, or to which I have been given authorized access.
6. I will not make use of the network, even through a personally owned computer, for ﬁnancial gain (personal or commercial)
without the express written consent of the School.
Campus Network Connection and Acceptable Use Policy
August 12th, 2007
Examples of Inappropriate Conduct:
• Installation and use of any wireless router, base-station or any other device that may interfere with the School’s wireless
• Uploading or downloading of any copyrighted material, including music and video, to which you do not have a right to
access or distribute.
• Attempting to "sniff" the network or capture transmissions bound for other systems
• Accessing another person's computer, computer account, ﬁles, or data without permission.
• Attempting to circumvent or subvert system or network security measures. Examples include creating or running programs
that are designed to identify security loopholes, to decrypt intentionally secured data, or to gain unauthorized access to any
• Harassing or intimidating others via electronic mail, news groups or Web pages.
• Providing access to others through a personal account or sharing access codes with roommates, friends, or even family,
violates policy and can lead to disciplinary action. Each individual is responsible for activity or transmissions that originate
from a personal account or computer.
• Initiating or propagating electronic chain letters.
• Initiating or facilitating in any way mass unsolicited and unofﬁcial electronic mailing (e.g., "spamming", "ﬂooding", or
• Forging the identity of a user or machine in an electronic communication.
• Saturating network or computer resources to the exclusion of another's use, for example, overloading the network with
trafﬁc such as emails or legitimate (ﬁle backup or archive) or malicious (denial of service attack) activities.
• Using the School’s systems or networks for personal gain; for example, by selling access to your eKey or to school systems
or networks, or by performing work for proﬁt with school resources in a manner not authorized by the School.
• Engaging in any other activity that does not comply with the general principles presented above.
The School considers violations of acceptable use principles or guidelines to be serious offenses. The School will take such
action it deems necessary to copy and examine any ﬁles or information resident on school systems allegedly related to
unacceptable use, and to protect its network from systems and events that threaten or degrade operations. Violations may be
referred to the appropriate school entity for discipline.
Academic Computing and Networking will use its best efforts to contact the offending party via email, telephone, or in person
to explain the problem and discuss its resolution before taking any action deemed necessary to protect the integrity of the
Resources. In the case of major infractions, for example those that impair others' ability to use networking and computing
resources, Academic Computing and Networking Services may immediately restrict systems or network access as it deems
necessary to mitigate such activities. Only thereafter will Academic Computing and Networking Services make a reasonable
effort to contact the involved parties when these incidents occur.
Note that while the School takes the privacy of our students seriously, E-mail, disk ﬁles, and network transmissions, though
protected by security mechanisms, are not private. They may be examined by Computing Center staff to evaluate system or
network or load problems or for some similar reason, or if there is reason to believe that accounts or systems have been
compromised or involved in a violation of policy or law.