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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 departmental missions.

  • For the purposes of this policy, the term "Network access" will refer to:

    • 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.
Acceptable Use Policy
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:
  • 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 considered pornographic

  • Development of personal websites or Web pages on Chancellor's Office web servers

  • Intentional damage to equipment, software or data
Use and Liability
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.
  1. Privacy
    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.

  2. Content
    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.

  3. 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.
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.

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Last Updated: June 06, 2016