The University of Maryland is committed to providing an environment that encourages appropriate use of the university's limited computing resources.
Of course, that means that our students, faculty, and staff must abide by relevant laws and be good citizens. Furthermore, the university values its role as an educator and intercedes when behavior deviates from the ethical norms and values of our community. To that end, the following guidelines and policies that concern the use of technology have been developed to create an educational environment where the pursuit of higher learning can flourish:
Policy on the Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources
The policy provides standards for faculty, staff, and students' use of campus computer resources. Questions about the policy may be directed to Project NEThics staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The university's Policy on the Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources permit the development of "individual departmental or unit lab and system policies, procedures, and protocols." Accordingly, there are several additional statements of policy or guidelines that govern computing facilities or resources of the university. Below you will find a summary of each policy or guideline. A hyperlink has also been provided to take you directly to the source of the individual policy or guideline.
A Guide to Ethical and Legal Use of Software
Software enables us to accomplish many different tasks with computers. Unfortunately, in order to get work done quickly and conveniently, some people justify making and using unauthorized copies of software. This Guide has been developed to help members of the academic community understand the implications of their actions, including the application of the U.S. copyright law to software products.
Workstations at Maryland (WAM) is an Office of Information Technology project that provides open workstation laboratories and remote access services for the use of students, faculty, and staff of the University of Maryland, College Park. These WAM account guidelines are intended to supplement, not replace the Policy on the Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources.
inforM provides a collection of timely and accurate on-line resources that support and enhance the academic, research, administrative, and diverse cultural life of the campus community. Any campus college, department, administrative unit, registered student group, or faculty/staff member can become an inforMation provider/owner.
The Office of Technology Assisted Learning (OTAL) Webserver was created to address the growing need for cgi-bin programming by students and faculty, as well as the need for other class website space. OIT's unit for Teaching Technologies has established guidelines and procedures for access to this server.
WAM Lab Rules
Workstations at Maryland (WAM) is an Office of Information Technology project that provides open workstation laboratories and remote access services for the use of students, faculty, and staff of the University of Maryland at College Park. WAM consists of 6 Open Workstation Laboratories (OWL) that are governed by rules designed to provide a quiet and safe environment where learning can occur.
Student Guidelines for Network Computer Use
As of the Fall of 1996, each student living in the residence halls has access to university computing resources via an ethernet connection in their room. These guidelines are intended to supplement the campus-wide Policy and WAM Guidelines. They were written to address special issues and concerns raised by residence hall networking.
Policy on LISTSERV Lists
LISTSERV is a service provided by Office of Information Technology. LISTSERV is designed to provide an electronic subscriber service for groups and organizations whose primary focus is scholarly research and academic enhancement, and who are affiliated with the University of Maryland System. This policy establishes guidelines for approving a new LISTSERV list.