All users are expected to follow these rules. Violations of the rules can subject the offender to Institute disciplinary proceedings and, in some cases, to state or federal prosecution.
PLEASE NOTE: Laws that apply in "the real world" also apply in the "virtual" networked computer world (including HAWnet). Laws about libel, harassment, privacy, copyright, stealing, threats, etc. are not suspended for computer users, but apply to all members of society whatever medium they happen to be using: face-to-face, phone, or computer. So violations of the law will be vigorously prosecuted.
It is important that you understand the purpose of HAWnet so that your use of the system is in compliance with that purpose.
The purpose of HAWnet is to support research, education, and HAW administrative activities, by providing access to computing resources. All use of the HAW network must be consistent with this purpose. For example:
try to interfere with or alter the integrity of the system, by doing any of the
o Permitting another individual to use your account.
o Attempting to capture or crack passwords or encryption.
o Destroying or altering data or programs belonging to other users.
not transmit threatening or harassing materials.
Ethical Use of the System.
Along with the many opportunities that are provided for members of the HAW community to share information comes the responsibility to use the system in accordance with standards of honesty and personal conduct. Those standards, call for all members of the community to act in a responsible and professional way.
Appropriate use of HAWnet resources includes maintaining the security of the system, protecting privacy, and conforming to all applicable laws.
let anyone know your password(s).
While you should feel free to let others know your username (this is the name by which you are logging into HAWnet), you should never let anyone know your account passwords. This includes even trusted friends, and computer system administrators.
Giving someone else your password is like giving them a signed blank check. You should never do this, even to "lend" your account to them temporarily. Anyone who has your password can use your account, and whatever they do that affects the system will be traced back to your username; - if your username or account is used in an abusive or otherwise inappropriate manner, you will be held responsible. Keep in mind that depending on the circumstances you might even risk loosing your account once and for all.
In fact, there is never any reason to tell anyone your password.
copy or misuse copyrighted material including software.
Many computer programs, and related materials such as documentation, are owned by individual users or third parties, and are protected by copyright and other laws, together with licenses and other contractual agreements. Do not violate these legal and contractual restrictions, or you may find yourself being subject to civil or criminal prosecution.
Much of HAW's computer equipment is accessible to a large number of people and is consequently vulnerable to overuse and damage. The following guidelines are designed to help protect this equipment. In the event of any damage to the equipment, regardless of cause, please contact the system administrators immediately.
An account deactivated for misuse may remain deactivated pending disciplinary or other administrative review, and will in no case be reactivated until HAW administrators are satisfied that the improper use will not recur.
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Last Modified 2003-03-11 SPA