Employee Ethical Conduct for use of IT Resources

Villanova University reserves the right to change this policy with sufficient notice and it is the responsibility of each staff and faculty member to know and understand the current policy.  By using the University network you agree to the following:

1.       Sharing of passwords is strictly prohibited.  Each individual is responsible for his/her account(s), including the safeguarding of access to the account(s).

2.       The use of Villanova resources to access, further or otherwise participate in activity which is inconsistent with the mission of the university is prohibited.  This includes, but is not limited to the following:  illegal activity, sexually explicit material, hate speech, violent behavior & bullying, spam, hacking, etc.  An exemption is granted for individuals engaged in normal pedagogic related activities or research, provided that it is consistent with Villanova’s mission.

3.       Anti-virus and anti-malware software must be installed on your computer, kept up to date and currently enabled.  If your software is not up to date or disabled it may lead to an infection which may result in your network access being disabled.

4.       Although UNIT deploys Windows patches for University issued devices, employees are responsible for keeping their computer updated with all other security patches/fixes from the appropriate software update services.  This includes updating applications, such as MS Office, Adobe, iTunes, Firefox, Chrome, etc.  This also includes operating system patches for non-university devices.  If your computer is not up to date, it could lead to malware infection which may result in your network access being disabled.

5.       Employees are responsible for their computer, including its hardware, software, and any network traffic transmitted by it.  Please contact UNIT’s Technology Support Services group if you have any questions about whether or not certain software/hardware might conflict with this acceptable use policy.

6.       The use of personal routers (wireless or wired) and/or DHCP servers outside of a contained lab environment is strictly prohibited.

7.       Using the university network to provide any service that is visible off campus without prior UNIT approval, is prohibited.  This applies to services such as, but not limited to, HTTP (Web), SSH, FTP, IRC, email, private VPN, etc.

8.       Configuring your computer to provide Internet or Villanova University network system access to anyone who is not a Villanova University faculty, staff member or student is prohibited.

9.       Connecting any device or system to the university's data networks without the prior review and approval of UNIT is prohibited.

10.   Some examples of policy violations:

a.       Use of another user's user id or sharing a user id with another person

b.      Accessing another user’s personal private data without their permission

c.       Probing and/or exploiting security holes in other systems either on or off campus

d.      Using unauthorized IP addresses

e.      Degrading or restricting network access for others, either on or off campus

f.        Connecting to University systems that one has not been expressly permitted to access

g.       Unauthorized copying of information stored on the university's computer systems

h.      Copying or distributing software licensed to Villanova University without authorization

i.         Use of university resources for personal or commercial profit

Personal Use

Your work may involve the use of computers, software, telephone, fax, printing or other computing or communications resources.  Villanova employees are permitted to use these resources for limited personal use provided they have the permission of their supervisor, the personal use does not affect their job performance or responsibilities, and that such use does not conflict with this or any other university policies.

Violations of Permissible Use

The University may take such action as may be necessary in its discretion to address any use violation(s) under this policy, including suspension of privileges, termination of employment or other disciplinary action.