Your Rights and Responsibilities

Your computer account is for your use only. You must not let anyone else use your account. You are responsible for all activities that originate from your computer account.

You have a right to use these facilities without being harassed. Report all incidents to UF Information Technology and the University of Florida Police Department.

You have a right to expect that your files and electronic messages are reasonably private, however you must be aware that computer systems in an education environment are not always secure and your files and electronic mail may be seen by others.

You must comply with all local, state, and federal laws, and university policies, including the University of Florida’s Acceptable Use Policy. You must comply with all rules and regulations posted in our learning spaces.

Introduction to UF’s Acceptable Use Policy

The university provides IT resources so that faculty, staff, students, and other members of the university community can pursue the missions of the university. In doing so, the university must protect the integrity, security, or functionality of university or other IT resources. These protective effort start by complying with all university policies, laws, regulations, contracts, and applicable laws. It is the expectation and responsibility of every user of the university’s IT to comply with all university policies, laws, regulations, contracts, and applicable laws. Examples of these include, but are not limited to:

  • State and federal laws regarding privacy, defamation, copyright, trademark, obscenity, and child pornography
  • The Florida Computer Crimes Act, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act
  • The university’s Student Code of Conduct, Sexual Harassment Policy, Workplace Violence Policy, Policy on Use of the University Name and Logos, Web Page Policy, Social Media Use Guidelines and Policy Implications, and the Electronic Mail Policy
  • Laws from other countries or jurisdictions when communicating with persons in other states or countries or using systems or networks that are under another jurisdiction

The university recognizes that technology is essential to the work conducted at the university. The university also recognizes incidental personal use university IT resources, as long as this use does not interfere with the performance of your job or other university responsibilities, does not consume a significant amount of those resources, and does not violate any other university policies. Supervisors may impose further limits on computer use for non-work purposes, in accordance with normal supervisory procedures. IT users may not use university IT resources for personal commercial purposes, personal financial or other gain.

You may not use IT resources to gain unauthorized access to, or impair or damage the operation of computers, networks or other IT resources whether they belong to UF or not. This includes the blocking, interception, or sniffing of communications; running, installing or sharing malicious software; or deliberate attempts to circumvent data protection or other security measures.

You may not use university IT resources to access or store pornographic material, with limited exceptions when pre-approval has been granted for legitimate research purposed.

This represents a summary of the University’s Acceptable Use Policy. Users are required to comply with the full policy.

Consequences of Violations

Users who violate this policy may be subject to penalties and disciplinary action, including expulsion, dismissal, or revocation of user access.

Proper use of UF’s Learning Spaces

You must use these facilities in an ethical and lawful manner.

You must not deliberately degrade the performance of a computer or network, or consume large amounts of system resources.

You must not play computer games.

You must not interfere with the use of public workstations or computing equipment. You must not lock, disable, or otherwise prevent other users from using equipment.