Becoming a member of
the USC Upstate community awards you the privilege of using numerous computer
resources. This handout will provide you with basic guidelines of responsible
Although these guidelines focus on computer use they are based
on the Carolinian Creed:
I will practice personal and academic
I will respect the dignity of all persons;
I will respect the rights and property of others;
will discourage bigotry, while striving to learn from differences in people,
ideas and opinions;
I will demonstrate, concern for others, their
feelings and their need for conditions, which support their work and
The USC Upstate community is expected to obey all
federal, state and local laws, as well as University policies and
The University trusts students to make responsible use of
these computing resources. Violation of this trust may result in your privilege
You are responsible
for your account. Never share your password with anyone or allow others to use
Make sure you log out when you have finished a session. If
you walk away anyone may access your files and/or send e-mail from your account
and you will be held accountable.
Do not imply that you represent the
University; do not represent yourself as anyone else.
Copyright law pertains to various materials, including
cartoons, pictures, graphics, text, song lyrics and sounds including most MP3
files. Make sure you understand the law.
Distribution of Copyrighted Material Plan
If you do not maintain your security your account and files may be
Select a password that contains a mix of letters and numbers.
Do not post your password near your computer. Change your password often.
E-mail is not a secure means of communication. Incorrectly addressed e-mail
can end up in the wrong hands. E-mail can be forwarded to anyone.
Use of Resources
Copying or distributing proprietary
software is prohibited.
Junk mail, spamming and chain letters are
Resources should not be used for personal gain, profit-making
or commercial use.
Do not misrepresent others' ideas, images or words as
your own. Plagiarism rules apply to electronic media.
Harassment is not
tolerated in any form. Do not send or forward harassing, fraudulent, obscene,
threatening or defamatory messages or material to anyone.
Abuse may result in loss of computing
privileges, legal action and/or disciplinary action by the University.
Use virus protection software.
Update virus software file often.
Do not open mail if you suspect virus
If you suspect
your account has been compromised, or you feel others have violated you, please
keep copies of all relevant electronic documents and contact the Information
Technology and Services department helpdesk or call 864-503-5257 as quickly as
possible. IT Support Services will work with appropriate University officials to
resolve any reported violations.
attacks of the Internet from within and outside of the USC Upstate community
effects valid work. Forms of attack include but not limited to:
- Spread viruses;
- Spam (flood e-mail with unwanted mail)
- Stealing computer ID's and passwords;
- Forged electronic mail;
- Subscribing others to mailing
list, without their permission;
Any student that participates in
these types of events may lose computing privileges. Activities such at this may
lead to suspension or expulsion for USC Upstate. Be aware that some of these
activities are illegal under state and federal laws.
While the network allows the sharing of files for things
such as class assignments not all files are meant to be shared.
your files with settings to prevent unauthorized viewing. The IT Support
Services can provide training on protecting your files.
Ask the owner of
the file for permission to view if you have any doubt that the file is meant for
Computer and Network Support
Support Services is available for general information regarding Internet/e-mail
accounts, and computer training. IT Support Services is located in room 207 of
the Administration building and can be reached at 864-503-5257.