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Communications: Internet Security & Usage

Date approved:
March 2012
Approved by:
Date to be reviewed:
Feb. 2013
Reviewed by:
Director of Human Resources
Date revised:
Revision number:
Compliance Committee:
As Scheduled


Wheeling Jesuit University recognizes that the internet may provide access to valuable research and, when used correctly, is a valuable tool for research and networking of ideas. This policy is designed to establish rules and guidelines of internet use.


2.1 Policy Statement

  1. Users may not use the internet for illegal purposes of or unauthorized access to systems, software or data;
  2. Users may not use the internet for commercial or personal profit, or for distribution of unsolicited  marketing, advertising or personnel recruiting materials;
  3. Users are prohibited from using University technology resource for any unethical purposes, including but not  limited to plagiarism, pornography, violence, gambling, racism, harassment or any illegal activity.
  4. No user may provide another individual or organization with access to the University network or the  internet without the express permission of a University System Administrator;
  5. Traffic exiting the campus network is governed by the policies of those networks in addition to the  University policies, i.e., users connecting to external networks must abide by the policies of those networks;
  6. IP addresses are licensed to the University; a user may not change a computers IP address or use a different  IP address without the permission of a University System Administrator;
  7. Personal servers cannot be attached to the network without prior approval of a University System  Administrator;
  8. The Information Technology Services policy manual lists additional personal use, prohibited use, monitoring  and usage policies for technology at the University;
  9. University employees are required to become familiar with and have knowledge of these policies and  procedures noted in the Information Technology Services policy manual.

2.2 Coverage

This policy applies to all faculty, staff and administrative employees, vendors and agents operating on behalf of the University, on University time or on University equipment.

2.3 Enforcement

Any user found to have violated this policy may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment. This applies to all users, defined as employees, vendors and agents operating on behalf of the University.


The Director of Human Resources, in conjunction with the Vice President of Information Technology Services, has the authority to change, modify or approve exceptions to this policy at any time with or without notice, and in compliance with the Information Technology Services policy manual, with the approval of the Executive Committee through the University President.


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