4:029 Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources
|Austin Peay State
|Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources
It is the policy of Austin Peay State University to define the acceptable use of Information Technology resources by all university students, faculty, staff, contractors, and approved guests.
The purpose of this policy is: 1) to articulate the rights and responsibilities of persons using information technology resources owned, leased, or administered by Austin Peay State University (APSU); 2) to protect the users and APSU; and 3) to facilitate the efficient operation of APSU information technology systems.
|General||The primary purpose of APSU’s information technology resources is to enhance and support
the educational mission of the university. Access to the university's technology
resources is a privilege granted to university students, faculty, staff, contractors,
and approved guests. These resources include, but are not limited to: computer hardware,
software, system accounts, e-mail accounts, the university network as well as connections
to other networks via the Internet. Users are expected to use these resources in a
|Consequences||Intentional failure to comply with this policy may result in suspension of user privileges
or other disciplinary action, including suspension or expulsion from the university
or termination of university employment. In addition, violations may result in referral
for prosecution by local, state, or federal authorities.
|Privacy Considerations||The university reserves the right to view or scan any file, e-mail, software, or data
stored on university or State owned systems or transmitted over the university network.
All users should be aware that e-mail messages are written records that could be subject
to review with just cause and may be subject to the Tennessee Public Records Act,
Tenn. Code Ann. § 10-7-501, et seq. When required by law, court order, or subpoena,
e-mail or computer files may be disclosed to the appropriate authorities.
All APSU employees and students are encouraged to become familiar with the Austin Peay State University Electronic Communication Guidelines, which can be accessed at:
APSU Policy 4:029 – Rev.: October 11, 2018
APSU Policy 4:029 (previously 4:032) – Rev.: February 2, 2017
APSU Policy 4:029 – Rev.: December 3, 2014
APSU Policy 4:029 – Issued: October 24, 2003
President: signature on file