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Data Security and Ethics
- The university employs various measures to protect the security of its computing resources and of their users’ accounts. Users should be aware that the university cannot guarantee such security. Users should therefore engage in "safe computing" practices by establishing appropriate access restrictions for their accounts, guarding their passwords if necessary, and changing them regularly.
- Data transfer on the University network should be for business purposes only – research and assignments
- All data should be scanned for viruses and other malware before being used, saved or transferred on the university network
- Transmission of harassing, discriminatory or otherwise objectionable E-mail or files (as determined by the recipient) is strictly prohibited.
- Use of another person’s account or access to their personal files without their consent is strictly prohibited.
- Access to ICT Services is provided initially using standard passwords. Protect your password and change it immediately upon activation and when you suspect it has been compromised.
- Students will be held responsible for all activities that occur using their credentials.
- Data files pertaining to assignments and research can be saved to the individual’s home directory commonly called a z:\ folder.
- Data in the z:\ folder is backed up by ICT on a daily basis.
- Students should not save data onto local hard drives since these could fail and be formatted or replaced without notice
- Information in the z:\ folder is cleaned out at the end of EVERY semester and students are responsible for taking their information off site
- Files that do not conform to University policy e.g. music, videos, games, may be periodically deleted by the antivirus from z:\ folders
- Users should be aware that university computing resources are intended to support our core business – learning and research. These can be queried routinely or when the need arises to establish patterns, accountability and responsibility for activities that place the University at risk.