Information Technology Services
Eastern New Mexico University

Policies and Procedures

The Computer Use Policy governs the use of technology at Eastern New Mexico
University. It has been approved and adopted by the administration and is
incorporated into the policies of the University. All members of the
University community are expected to be familiar with the policy and abide
by its provisions. Failure to comply with this policy can be grounds for
disciplinary action.
Legal and/or Statement of Policy
                              60-1 Computer Use

   60-1-1 Purpose
   60-1-2 Policy
   60-1-3 Administration
   60-1-4 Computer Accounts in General

   60-1-5 Student Accounts
   60-1-6 University Accounts
   60-1-7 Affiliate Accounts

   60-1-8 Personal Web Page Accounts
   60-1-9 Account Protection
   60-1-10 Resource Limits

   60-1-11 Session Limits
   60-1-12 Protection of the System
   60-1-13 Non-Confidentiality
   60-1-14 Rules

   60-1-16 Consultation
   60-1-17 Copyrights
   60-1-18 Recreational and Personal Use

1. Purpose.  The purposes of these policies and procedures are to
   cultivate computer use at Eastern New Mexico University (the
   University), to regulate computer use as necessary to protect
   individual privacy, to provide an equitable sharing of limited
   resources and to promote responsibility in the use of University
   computer systems.

2. Policy.  The University's general policies for use of its computer
   systems and equipment are:

   A. The primary guiding authority regarding the use of the University
      computer systems and network are the University's mission
      statement and the "Bill of Rights and Responsibilities for All
      Members of the University," which is located in AGP&P, 15-1.

   B. All computer users have the responsibility to use the University
      computer systems in an effective, efficient, ethical and lawful

   C. The use of the University computer facilities is a privilege, not
      a right.  The University may protect legitimate facilities' users
      by imposing sanctions on users who abuse the privilege.

   D. Computer users shall:

      (1) Respect the intended use of accounts established for their

      (2) Respect the integrity of the University computer systems and

      (3) Respect the privacy of other computer users;

      (4) Respect the rules, regulations and procedures governing the
          use of University computer facilities, equipment and systems,
          including those of the University's official web
          administrative server and its personal server; and

      (5) Respect the proprietary rights of software owners and comply
          with all copyright laws, treaties and compacts of the United
          States and all laws of the state of New Mexico, including the
          New Mexico Computer Crimes Act, NMSA 1978, : 30-45-1 to

   E. Standards of common sense and common decency must be applied in
      determining what uses are proper when using the public resources
      of the University.

   F. The University shall not provide computer access to persons or
      entities not affiliated with the University as that would violate
      N.M. Const. art. 9, : 1 4, which prohibits donations by the state
      to private individuals or entities.

   G. The University acknowledges that the computer medium provides its
      students and staff opportunities for research, dialogue and
      expression.  However, the University and each computer user have
      the responsibility to use each of the computer systems, which are
      public property, in a manner related to the educational process
      for which the systems are intended.

   The foregoing purposes and policies are implemented by the following.


3. Administration.  These policies and procedures shall be administered
   by the director, with oversight by the vice president for University
   Relations and Enrollment Services.

   A. Student concerns not resolved by the director may be presented
      through the office of the vice president for Student Affairs.

   B. Faculty and staff concerns not resolved by the director may be
      presented through the office of the executive administrator of
      the employee's primary area of assignment.

4. Computer Accounts in General.  All computer accounts shall be the
   property of the University.  The privileges of such accounts shall
   be given by the colleges and other authorized units, departments and
   offices of the University for specific academic, administrative or
   other authorized University uses.  There shall be four (4) types of
   accounts, as set forth in sections 5, 6, 7 and 8 below.

5. Student Accounts.  Student accounts may be opened and maintained
   only by virtue of an individual's status as a student, and shall
   be used in conformance with these policies and procedures and all
   other policies and procedures of the University. Records related
   to each student account shall be kept by Information Technology

   A. Official Student E-Mail Address. Upon enrollment, a student shall
      be assigned an official e-mail address in the format of  The e-mail address shall remain the
      same throughout the student's academic career at the University
      unless the student's name is changed for legal purposes or other
      extenuating circumstances.

   B. Use of Student E-Mail.  The student e-mail account shall be
      activated after enrollment at the University.  Students shall
      be required to use this e-mail address for all official
      communications from the University.

6. University Accounts.  University accounts may be opened and
   maintained only for the use of faculty or staff for academic or
   administrative work.  Authorizations for each University account
   shall be made, and appropriate records of the account kept, by
   the appropriate manager or department head.  Accounts for the
   creation and maintenance of web pages for University departments,
   through the University administrative server, shall be considered
   University accounts.

7. Affiliate Accounts.  Affiliate accounts may be opened and
   maintained for individuals or groups who are not directly
   associated with the University, but whose access to the
   University network has a clear and distinct connection to, and
   provides some intrinsic value for, the University.  All
   authorizations for affiliate accounts shall be made by written
   memoranda to the director of Information Technology Services.
   Such accounts shall be used only as specified in such memoranda.

8. Personal Web Page Accounts.  Any authorized user of a student
   account or a University account may open personal web page
   accounts. The account management requirements set forth in
   sections 5 and 6 above and 9 B. below shall apply to personal
   web page accounts. The user bears full responsibility for the
   contents of his or her home page, as the University cannot
   accept responsibility for such content.

9. Account Protection.  The integrity of the University computer
   systems shall be maintained by protection of accounts through
   use of passwords.  Any violation of the integrity of a
   University computer system shall be deemed to be a prohibited
   misappropriation of University property.

   A. Attempts to perform any of the following acts are among
      such prohibited actions:

      (1) Make an account available to any person not authorized
          access by the University;

      (2) Defeat the security system of any computer;

      (3) Circumvent the accounting system;

      (4) Access and/or use an account without authorization;

      (5) Use accounts for other than intended purposes (see
          sections 2 E. above and 17 below);

      (6) Misappropriate the data or files of another person or

      (7) Download or upload copyrighted material.

   B. Authorization for access to any account by someone other
      than the primary user must be approved by the appropriate
      administrator, who shall arrange for maintenance of
      appropriate records of that authorization.

   C. The account holder shall bear the responsibility and the
      consequences of allowing any access to his or her account
      without appropriate administrative authorization.

10. Resource Limits.  The University reserves the authority to
    establish storage and memory resource limits of accounts. If
    resources are low, the account holder should notify the
    course instructor, Information Technology Services or the
    authorizing manager or department head, whoever or whichever
    is appropriate for that account.

11. Session Limits.  The University may limit a computer user's
    session if there are insufficient resources or if the user is
    determined by appropriate authorities to be acting in an
    irresponsible or unlawful manner.  The University may also
    cancel, restart or place a hold on a job, process or program
    to protect or improve system performance.

12. Protection of the System.  Responsible continued use of the
    University computer system requires that each user:

   A. Refrain from development or use of programs or utilities

      (1) Harass or interfere with other University computer users,

      (2) Infiltrate or modify the system or an account or

      (3) Damage the hardware or software components of the system.

   B. When requested, users shall cooperate with systems administrators
      in investigations of systems abuse and report suspected abuse,
      especially any damage to or problems with the user's files.

13. Non-Confidentiality.  The University recognizes that users might
    believe computer files and e-mail messages to be confidential;
    however, such files and messages are subject to the access of
    user files by Information Technology Services at systems
    maintenance time as well as when there is a report of suspected
    unlawful or improper activities to the proper University or
    other governmental authorities.  User files are not confidential.
    The University reserves the right to review any information on
    any University computer.

    The ENMU network and computer systems are the property of Eastern
    New Mexico University and may be accessed only by authorized users.
    Unauthorized use of the network or computer systems is strictly
    prohibited and may be subject to criminal prosecution. The
    University may monitor any activity or communication on the system
    and retrieve any information stored within the system. By
    accessing and using the network and University owned computer
    systems, you are consenting to such monitoring and information
    retrieval for law enforcement and other purposes. Users should
    have no expectation of privacy as to any communication on the
    network or any information stored within the systems, including
    information stored locally on the hard drive or other media
    (e.g., floppy disks, PDAs and other hand-held peripherals, CD-ROMs,
    etc.) Use of the ENMU network or computer systems by any user,
    authorized or unauthorized, constitutes consent to this monitoring,
    interception, recording, reading, copying, or capturing and
    disclosure. In compliance with Section 438 of the "General
    Education Provisions Act" (as amended) entitled "Family
    Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974" (FERPA), and the
    Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996
    (HIPAA), the University recognizes its obligation to provide
    appropriate access to educational records while protecting their
    confidentiality (taken from 65-7, 5).  The removal of any
    protected, confidential or private data from the ENMU campus
    by any means including but not limited to laptops, email and
    removable storage devices is strictly prohibited.

14. Rules.  In addition to these policies and procedures, the
    University has various specific rules, regulations and procedures
    governing the use of computing equipment and facilities located
    around the University and posted in labs or readily available in
    printed form.  Each computing site and environment has operators,
    consultants and/or supervisors who have the responsibility for
    the use of that site.  Users shall abide by the rules,
    regulations and procedures of the University and the site and
    shall cooperate with the operators, consultants and supervisors.

15. Consultation.  Computer users are encouraged to consult with
    Information Technology Services (or other appropriate University
    consultants) regarding computer use.  However, obtaining
    assistance in completing computer-related academic assignments
    is prohibited unless permission for consultation is given by the

16. Copyrights.  Computer users shall not copy software or media
    protected by copyright except as specifically allowed by the
    licensing agreements or other stipulations of the owner.
    Making and distributing copies shall not be done in such a way
    that the number of simultaneous users exceeds the number of
    original copies purchased, unless otherwise stipulated in the
    purchase contract.  Computer users at the University should
    presume that software is copyrighted unless they have specific
    knowledge to the contrary.

17. Recreational and Personal Use.  There are uses of University
    computer systems that are improper.  Reasonable recreational
    and other personal uses are allowed, provided such use does
    not interfere with academic use.  The responsibility of using
    good judgment to avoid improper uses resides with the user.
    All such improper uses cannot be anticipated or listed here,
    but some such uses follow.

    A. Under no circumstances may games be played, or other
       recreational uses occur, when such use would interfere with
       the availability of facilities for academic use.

    B. Certain other activities are expressly prohibited by law.
       Among those are:

       (1) Commercial activities or advertising,

       (2) Libelous statements that would damage a person,

       (3) Dissemination of licensed software and

       (4) Invasion or violation of personal privacy.

       (5) A person engaging in any form of electronic interaction
           relating to the promotion of pornography or other sexual
           content with or toward a minor.

   C. Personal web pages served by the University personal server
      shall not be used to make representations that could reasonably
      be misconstrued to be official representations of the University.
      Use of official University logos on such pages, without express
      written consent of the University, is prohibited.

18. Sanctions.  Failure to abide by the guidelines set forth in the
    foregoing policies and procedures shall subject any user of the
    University computer system to sanctions, which may result in
    denial of computer account privileges and/or disciplinary action,
    which could lead to expulsion from the University, dismissal from
    a position or legal action.

    Approved by the Board of Regents on May 12, 2006.
    Amendments approved by Board of Regents on December 9, 2010.