Policy on Ethical Uses of Computing Resources

In addition to the Penn State University Policy Statement on Computer and Software Misuse in the Student Guide to University Policies and Rules, page 17, and the AD20 policy on Computer and Network Security, the following rules and policies will apply to all users of Sun Lab machines on the Penn State Harrisburg campus.

The standards of ethical behavior as described in Penn State University policies apply to all resources (information, software, hardware), whether local or externally accessible via computer networks. Ethical standards apply even when information is left unprotected.

Because computing resources are limited, they should be used efficiently in order to minimize any adverse impact on others, e.g. game playing, web surfing and reading of news should not be excessive and must be avoided entirely whenever it negatively impacts the accessibility of computing resources. Compute-intensive processes that are expected to execute for an extended period should be run at low priority. The use of invasive software, such as ``worms'' and ``viruses'' destructive to computer systems is illegal. Misuse, waste and/or the disruption of the intended use of resources is prohibited (e.g., the flooding of other users with excessive and/or unwanted information).

The installation and use of any program that provides a service to others on the network, or prolonged connections to (or extensive use of) external network services (e.g., http daemons, connection-maintaining daemons, Internet Relay Chat (IRC) robots or those that appear to act in this manner) must be pre-authorized.

Random mailings, chain letters, and mass mailings of any kind are prohibited. Acts that are specifically prohibited include: posting an article or advertisement to more than ten newsgroups, posting off-topic messages to newsgroups or listservers, and sending unsolicited mail which results in complaints.

The content of web pages is subject to review by faculty and by Penn State University public information officers. Content that is specifically prohibited includes: any commercial content or advertising, any content that violates Penn State University policies on sexual or racial discrimination or harrassment, and any content that causes a page or pages to be accessed excessively. The root or base page of any collection of pages (usually index.html) must contain a link to the following disclaimer page: http://www.hbg.psu.edu/disclaimer.html .

Hardware, software, manuals, supplies, etc. must not be removed from computing sites.

Adapted from the Iowa State University Computer Code of Ethics,
the NSF Code of Ethics and the Internet Code of Ethics.

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