Computing and Network Use Agreement

Use Agreement

Standards for Using the Computing and Network Resources of the University of Nevada, Reno
  • These policies are based on, but not limited to, policies set forth in the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Computing Resources Policy.
  • All faculty, staff, students and visitors using the University of Nevada, Reno network resources must agree and adhere to the terms of all applicable policies, including the Usage Agreement (linked above).
  • Appendices listed below define specific terms applicable to Faculty and Staff, Students and the General Public.

Improper Conduct

Improper conduct regarding the use of University computers falls into three categories:

  1. Academic Dishonesty
  2. Disruption and Destruction of Computer Facilities
  3. Violation of Licenses and Copyright Agreements, University Policy, and State or Federal Laws

Academic Dishonesty

Dishonesty is not allowed. Examples of this type of behavior regarding computers includes, but is not limited to:

  • Submitting another person's programs, documentation, or program results as your own work.
  • Obtaining or attempting to obtain unauthorized access to information stored in electronic form.
  • Submitting false results of a program's output or falsifying the results of program execution.

Disruption and Destruction of Computer Facilities

The disruption or destruction of computer facilities is prohibited. Examples of this type of behavior includes, but is not limited to:

  • Using computers or networks in a fashion that causes harassment, abuse, or intimidation of another person.
  • Damaging or stealing University-owned equipment or software.
  • Causing false computer system messages to display.
  • Maliciously causing computer system slowdowns or rendering systems inoperable and denying access to users.
  • Changing, removing, or destroying any data stored electronically (or attempting the same) without proper authorization.
  • Gaining or attempting to gain access to accounts without proper authorization.
  • Putting viruses or worms into a computer system.
  • Sending or receiving large files on a sustained and frequent basis that negatively impacts the network.

Violation of Licenses and Copyright Agreements, University Policy, and State or Federal Laws

Most software used on University computers is covered by copyright, license, and/or nondisclosure agreements. Violation of these agreements puts the University of Nevada, Reno/NSHE and the individual in jeopardy of civil penalties. Examples of such violations includes, but are not limited to:

  • Making copies of copyrighted or licensed software without proper authorization.
  • Using software in violation of copyright, license, or non-disclosure agreements.
  • Using University computers for unauthorized private or commercial purposes.

Appendices

Faculty and Staff Appendix

  • Faculty: Academic dishonesty and the disruption or destruction of computer facilities is covered in Chapter 6.2, "Prohibited Activity," of the NSHE Code.
  • Classified Staff: Dishonesty and the disruption or destruction of computer facilities is covered in Section 284.650, "Causes for Disciplinary Action," of the Nevada Administrative Code.

Student Appendix

The Student Judicial Code, University of Nevada, Reno defines academic dishonesty and the disruption or destruction of computer facilities in Sections I, II and III.  Reference the General Course Catalog for your matriculation year.

General Public Appendix

Dishonesty, theft, unauthorized use of computer facilities, as well as destruction, modification, and similar computer crimes are detailed in Nevada Revised Statutes 205.473-205.491 (Unlawful Acts Regarding Computers).