Campus Policies on Privacy of Electronic Communication

AS-2591-03/FA - March 6-7, 2003

ATTACHMENT 1 TO AS-2591-03/FA
ATTACHMENT 2 to AS-2591-03/FA

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University (CSU) reaffirm its support for privacy in communication, including electronic communication, among students, staff, faculty and others as enumerated in AS-2263-95/FA "Policy on Email Privacy" adopted March 9, 1995; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU endorse the attached privacy provisions of paragraph nine of the American Association of University Professors' statement on "Academic Freedom and Electronic Communication"; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU urge the campus senates of those campuses that have adopted electronic communication policies to ensure adequate privacy protections with these statements; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU urge the campus senates where such policies have yet to be developed to draft and develop policy language with the inclusion of these privacy protections.

RATIONALE: An important aspect of academic culture implies the essential reliance on the confidentiality and privacy of all communications between the parties of the academic process consistent with the law. The Senate adopted a "Policy on E-Mail Privacy" (AS-2263-95/FA) on March 9-10, 1995, which "urged the individual campuses to support privacy in the use of email to the maximum extent possible." The Office of the Chancellor also promulgated a "Statement on Internet Use Policy" which applies to Chancellor Office activities. However, a review of individual campus policy statements reveals that most campuses have not yet developed policies at all or have policies providing inadequate protections for privacy in electronic communications among students, staff, faculty and others. It is the intention of the Academic Senate CSU to encourage campuses to provide maximum protection of privacy consistent with the law.

APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY - March 6-7, 2003



 
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