II. Context

    This document is the basis for university-wide policies and practices for the acceptable use and management of all University of Hawai‘i (hereafter called UH or University) information technology resources. It is intended to define and provide effective protection, equitable access, and administrative guidelines for the use of those resources. The purpose of these guidelines is not to replace but to supplement existing laws, regulations, general codes of conduct, agreements, and contracts that are currently in place.

    In support of its mission of teaching, research, and public service, and within its institutional priorities and financial capabilities, the University of Hawai‘i provides access to computing, network and information systems and services for the students, faculty and staff who form the basis of the UH community. Collectively, these computing, network and information systems and services comprise the institution’s information technology infrastructure. The University strives to create an intellectual environment in which its community can effectively access and create information and collaborate with colleagues both within the UH system and at other institutions. As it does so, the University is committed to maintaining an information environment that is free of harassment and is accessible to all members of its community. Such an environment can only exist when the users and managers of the information technologies behave responsibly and respectfully.

    This policy creates the basis for such an environment by outlining the philosophy and general principles for appropriate use and management of information technology resources by University faculty, staff and students. It applies to all computing, information and network systems and services owned or administered by the University of Hawai‘i, as well as to individual activities that take place over the Internet or other external network connections using University systems, connections or user accounts.

    Appropriate use of technological resources is framed by the same legal and ethical considerations as are applicable to other public resources. Access to UH networks and computer systems is a privilege granted subject to existing University policies (e.g., the Student Conduct Code) as well as all applicable local, state, and federal laws (e.g., copyright law, child pornography prohibitions, computer crime statutes).

    The University requires that all its students, faculty, staff and approved guests abide by these policies. In addition, users of specific technology resources and services that are provided in cooperation with larger communities or third parties (e.g. the Internet), must also adhere to codes of conduct which the University accepts implicitly or explicitly on behalf of all its users. The University strives to inform all users of these policies, but users are responsible for their own actions. The University accepts no responsibility or liability for the specific acts of individuals that violate this or any other authorized policy, code of conduct or statute.

    For informational purposes, the computer crime statute from Hawai‘i’s penal code is included herein as Appendix A and portions of the State Ethics Code are included as Appendix B.