In an effort to protect the security of University of the Southwest, the University mission, the University network, and any data contained therein, the University has adopted the following guidelines for responsible use of the USW computer network.

Use of this network constitutes consent to monitoring and disclosure of the fruits of the monitoring. Users have no reasonable expectation of privacy on the USW network. The USW network and its data are property of University of the Southwest.

This policy applies to all users of the USW network.

Questions or comments about these guidelines should be directed to the Director of Training and Technology Center, MTL 116, Burke Hall or by email to csmith@usw.edu.

Failure to accept and abide by these guidelines may result in the revocation and/or forfeiture of USW network privileges including internet and email access.

Guidelines for Network Responsibility:

USW network users may not:

  • Maliciously log into or access user accounts not specifically assigned to them.
  • Access objectionable sites (e.g. gaming, pornographic sites, etc.) containing subject matter or graphics contrary to the University mission.
  • Violate the federal Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) by the downloading of copyrighted music and/or video files or install software sharing programs which are designed to illegally download and/or share copyrighted music and/or video files.
  • Access, or attempt to access, network resources without obtaining proper access permissions from a system administrator.
  • Unlawfully access, or attempt to access, proprietary networks outside of the USW domain.
  • Publish information for public access containing profanity or other language, subject matter, and/or graphics that are contrary to the University mission.
  • Allow unauthorized users (including individuals whose authorizations have been revoked) to access the University network.
  • Install any software (licensed, unlicensed, and/or personal) on a computer that belongs to University of the Southwest without the prior consent and authorization of the network administrator.
  • Transfer or loan accounts to another user.

Failure to accept and abide by these guidelines may result in the revocation and/or forfeiture of USW network privileges including internet and email access.