Statement of Philosophy
The California State University (CSU) provides access to information assets for purposes related to its mission and to the responsibilities and necessary activities of its faculty, students and staff. These resources are vital for the fulfillment of the academic, research and business needs of the CSU community. This policy defines user (e.g., faculty, staff, students, third parties, etc) and CSU responsibilities with respect to the use of CSU information assets in conjunction with the CSU Information Security Policy.
Scope of Policy
It is the intent of the Office of the Chancellor that electronic mail,
Internet resources and other electronic data resources be used by employees
in furthering the educational mission of the CSU. It is also the intent of
the CSU to afford Chancellor's Office academic and administrative departments
the opportunity to utilize the Internet in support of their individual
Acceptable Use Policy
- For the purposes of this policy, the term "Network access" will refer
- The act of gaining access to the information assets for purposes of querying,
viewing, downloading or copying any configuration of data.
- The act of communicating with any entity by use of CSU internal
local area networks, and the Internet. Additionally, the use
of any commercial or non-commercial Internet access provider is included
in this policy if the CSU is providing the access service.
- All users (e.g. staff, faculty, students, business partners) accessing the Internet through any Internet service
provided or funded by the CSU are responsible for reading, understanding
and adhering to the rules of service specified by the individual Internet
service provider and to comply with established CSU policies regarding the use and access of information assets.
Chancellor's Office personnel are encouraged to utilize CSU Internet and
communications resources to provide or retrieve information or facilitate
communication in the performance of CSU business and services.
Chancellor's Office personnel are prohibited from utilizing CSU information
resources for any unlawful, unethical or unprofessional purpose or activity.
Examples of prohibited uses include but are not limited to:
Use and Liability
- Any unauthorized access, monitoring, viewing, querying, distribution,
plagiarism or copyright infringement of any configuration of data
- Violation of software licensing agreements
- Intentional access or dissemination of materials that can be
- Development of personal websites or Web pages on Chancellor's Office
- Intentional damage to equipment, software or data
The Chancellor's Office is committed to fostering an online exchange of
information and communication conducive to the principles of collegiality and
the educational mission of the CSU. Any employee found to be in intentional
violation of the above prohibitions may be subject to disciplinary action up
to and including termination and, in the case of illegal actions, referral to
appropriate law enforcement agencies.
This policy is administered through the Office of the Chancellor by the
Director of Human Resource Services. Questions, comments, suggestions or
complaints should be directed to (562) 951-4070. The complete provisions of the CSU System-wide Responsible Use Policy can be found here.
Federal law permits the system administrator access to e-mail and stored
electronic communications if that access is necessary for the rendition of
service. Random monitoring of electronic communications by the Chancellor's
Office is not conducted unless required to do so by law (e.g., subpoena or
court order). Further, any information you submit via the Network is insecure and could
be observed by a third party while in transit. If you are submitting passwords,
credit card numbers or other information you would like to keep private, it
would be safer for you to cancel the submission. The CSU cannot ensure
security of data transmitted over the World Wide Web.
All information contained in the HTML files on the CSU website is provided
"as is" without warranty or guarantee of any kind, either expressed or
implied, concerning its content or accuracy.
Additionally, CSU employees accessing the Internet should be aware that the
Internet permits access to non-CSU users who are not subject to CSU policies,
and contains content, materials and goods and services that individual users
may find personally offensive or objectionable. The CSU does not have the
right or capability to monitor or restrict Internet content; therefore, the
CSU disclaims any responsibility and liability for any conduct, content,
materials or goods and services available on or through the Internet.
- Copyright Law
Individual users are responsible for compliance with copyright and other laws. These
include, but are not limited to, respect for provision of licenses and recognition and
respect for ownership rights of copyrighted materials.
June 06, 2016