Dakota Wesleyan University Network
and Acceptable Use Policy
Network services at Dakota Wesleyan University exist to support the campus
mission and administrative, educational and research activities of the
institution and all community members. Access to the campus network is
provided as a privilege to faculty, staff, students and visitors to our
campus. All users are expected to act in a responsible, ethical and legal
manner in regards to our system, including respecting the rights of all
computer users and honoring all campus licenses and contractual agreements.
Network services personnel are authorized to investigate inappropriate
uses and take the necessary actions to prevent further misuse and/or illegal
activity to protect the integrity of the system and those relying on it
for legitimate uses.
TIPS AND REMINDERS ABOUT OUR SYSTEM
- All faculty, staff and students have an e-mail account. Information
on how to set up and use your e-mail account is available through network
- Always log on with your own account. If someone else forgot to log
off, please log him/her off as a courtesy and as a safety feature before
you log yourself on. Remember to log off when you are finished.
- Students with homework/academic requirements always have priority
over those using the computers for games, Web browsing, and/or other
- University computers and resources are reserved for faculty, staff
and students in all buildings. Guests and non-DWU personnel are welcome
to use the computers and access network services in the McGovern Library.
- Everyone is encouraged to save their work/data on their “H”
drive or diskettes and to keep a backup copy of all materials. We request
that users refrain from storing material on the “C” drive
of any university computer to maximize available campus memory space.
- Check your e-mail regularly and delete excessive or outdated materials
to free up more space on the campus system. We realize that community
members may have more than one e-mail account and respect their choice
in that matter. DWU personnel may periodically send campus announcements
and other important information to you via your campus e-mail account
and this is one opportunity for you to stay up-to-date and informed.
- Toshiba Corporation generously supplies paper for campus labs and
for a variety of institutional uses. Check with your instructors regarding
their policy regarding use of this paper for assignments. Network Services
personnel will arrange for replacement paper upon request but understand
that they supply paper for the entire campus and ask that you allow
sufficient time for delivery.
- Network services personnel will supply the necessary ink cartridges
to university-owned computers. Do not remove or tamper with these cartridges.
- Users are encouraged to notify network services or designated personnel
regarding any problems or maintenance requests in a timely manner. Do
not attempt to fix problems, including paper jams, on your own as these
efforts may damage the computer.
- Popular sites including but not limited to Xenga, MySpace and Facebook
have the potential to put users at risk by encouraging participants
to disclose too much personal information and to post pictures of themselves
in others involved in illegal or dangerous activities. While we certainly
understand the positive effects these sites may have to and for those
who use them, we are concerned about the potential negative consequences
that users may or may not be aware of. These sites are not as private
as some would like to believe, even if you “restrict” your
site. They can be viewed by future employers, stalkers, and possibly
even your parents/grandparents, among others. We strongly discourage
users from posting anything that might be evidence of a crime/policy
violation or might cause embarrassment to themselves or others in the
future. Any information, including pictures, posted on these sites which
indicate crimes and/or DWU policy violations may be investigated by
the appropriate personnel and violators may be subject to disciplinary
action and/or criminal prosecution.
ACCEPTABLE USES OF OUR NETWORK INCLUDE
BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
- Central computing facilities
- Local-area networks
- Access to Internet
- Download items that relate to specific coursework or academic assignments
- Academic assignments and related activities
UNACCEPTABLE USES OF OUR NETWORK INCLUDE
BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
- Sending or forwarding chain letters or other non-essential messages
to all campus users (including jokes, “spam”, etc.).
- Hacking or attempting to hack into systems and programs that you
are not authorized to view, use, or modify
- Sending or implanting viruses, Trojan horses, worms
- Sending unsubstantiated rumors about viruses (network services will
notify the campus of any legitimate threats to our system)
- Using your e-mail account to threaten, harass, intimidate, or stalk
- Running an independent business using our network and/or campus resources
- Loading personal or unauthorized software of any kind on university
- Illegal activities (i.e., downloading pirated movies or music)
- Downloading child or adult pornography in any form. Child pornography
is illegal and both types violate DWU’s policy and mission.
- Sending anonymous e-mails or using software to disguise identity
- Using another person’s account without their permission and
- Changing system configurations or screen savers on any campus computer,
including those in labs and residence halls/apartments.
Illegal File sharing policy
File sharing – File Sharing is defined as the illegal download
or host for download of media, application, or document files without
proper licensing. Examples of this are downloading music or movie files
without paying fees to an authorized distributer.
File sharing software – Software used to host for download or download
illegal unlicensed media or application files. Examples include, but are
not limited to: LimeWire, FrostWire, Kazaa, Ares, BearShare, Morpheus,
eDonkey, eMule, Shareaza, WinMX, and other BitTorrent, Gnuetella, or other
file sharing network clients.
It is prohibited to install or operate file sharing software on any
computer system connected to the DWU network. It is prohibited to download
or host for download any unlicensed media, application, or document files
using file sharing software. Measures are in place to restrict the execution
of file sharing software. Any attempt to circumvent these measures is
Any of the above are considered a punishable offence and will be subject
to the disciplinary procedures listed below.
1st offence: Loss of Internet connectivity on offending computer system
for a period of 1 week.
2nd offence: Loss of Internet connectivity on offending computer system
for a period of 1 semester.
3rd offence: Permanent loss of all network connectivity on offending
computer system as well as disciplinary actions to be determined by student
Students must remove all file sharing software from any personal computer
system connected to the DWU network and must not install or operate file
sharing software on any DWU owned computer system or their personal system
while it is connected to the DWU network.
We appreciate your cooperation in keeping our network functioning at
the high level that you’ve come to expect. While occasional computer
glitches do occur, network services personnel are committed to minimizing
these occurrences and resolving them as efficiently as possible. If you
have problems setting up or using your e-mail account or with any university-owned
computer, call extension 2697. We will do our best to respond in a timely