Responsible Use of Technology Resources

Augustana University Responsible Use of Technology Resources

Policy Statement

Use of technology resources provided by Augustana University is a privilege made available to students, faculty, staff and approved guests of the university to facilitate and enhance their work, teaching, learning and scholarly research. These resources include university-owned hardware, software, accompanying network resources, and technology support personnel. User accounts are provided for non-commercial, academic use. It is expected that technology users will apply a normal standard of academic integrity, polite conduct and respect for the rights and privacy of others. All technology users should keep personal devices up to date and use anti-virus software to prevent the spread of viruses and malware. All users are expected to act responsibly and abide by all state and federal laws.

Augustana uses campus email as a primary way of communicating with students and staff. It is expected that all students, faculty and staff will check their university assigned email regularly.

Misuse of Technology

Activities that are inconsistent with the Responsible Use Policy will not be tolerated, and may result in revocation of privileges. Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Activities that interfere with or deny access to other users.

  • Activities that jeopardize the security or integrity of the system.

  • Activities that are harassing, fraudulent, or threatening.

  • Activities that create a hostile or offensive work environment.

  • Activities that violate copyright laws or other federal and state statutes.

  • Use of materials owned by others in assignments, on your web page, or in any other media that does not meet the criteria of fair use, and does not have permission from the original owner or is used without proper citation. The university assumes materials you find on the internet are copyrighted unless a disclaimer or waiver is expressly stated.

  • Sharing your Augustana login or any other account is prohibited. You are responsible for all activity conducted with your Augustana login. You are responsible for safeguarding your password from unauthorized use.

  • Augustana directory information (including buzz book and email addresses) is for your express internal use and not to be shared with others or used for commercial purposes.

  • The ability to connect to other systems through the network does not imply the right to do so unless properly authorized by the owners of those systems.


The University strives to direct its efforts to the enhancement of technology resources and not the policing of the use of those resources. Engaging in any activity that violates the intended use of campus technology may result in the loss of technology privileges. Student violations will be reported to the University's judicial system through the Dean of Students office; Faculty and Staff violations will be reported to Human Resources. Violations of state or federal law may be reported to the appropriate authorities.