NAU Network Acceptable Use Policy for Students
and Technical Considerations
NAU Network Acceptable Use Policy
The NAU network is neither a public forum, nor a limited public forum. Its use
is restricted to purposes consistent with the
mission of Northern Arizona University.
Access to the NAU computer and network systems is limited to current Northern
Arizona University students, faculty, and staff who access these resources for legitimate
research, teaching, professional service or other academic endeavors whose use complies
with these and other policies of the University. Misuse of computer or network privileges
will result in the loss of access, and could result in student discipline under
the Code of Conduct and criminal or civil prosecution under federal and Arizona
NAU network resources are provided by the State of Arizona and the U.S. Government.
Misuse of these finite and critical resources poses an enormous threat to their
continued availability to the campus. Justification for the support of this system
suffers when misuse occurs.
University facilities or properties may not be used for personal profit.
Northern Arizona University has an established independent licensing program
to control the use of the name, abbreviations, symbols, emblems, logos, mascots,
slogans, and other terminology associated with the University. Unauthorized use
of any of the forestated representations may be trademark infringement. Any unauthorized
production or sale of registered marks or names is a violation of the federal
Trademark Act of 1946 and the federal
Trademark Counterfeiting Act of 1984.
Students using NAU computer and network systems are subject to the United States
Copyright Law of 1976, as amended (Title 17, United States Code, the "Copyright
Act"), including ensuring that the restrictions that apply to the reproduction of
software are adhered to and that the bounds of copying permissible under the fair
use doctrine are not exceeded.
All publications disseminated on or broadcast from the campus shall conform to
the applicable regulations of the Federal Communications Commission and/or to applicable
local, state, and federal laws. Students will be legally responsible for the contents
of their communications.
Students are responsible for all use of their accounts and/or machines. Use of
the University's resources, including but not limited to its computer system or
network, is limited to the educational, academic, and research mission and purposes
to which such resources are lawfully dedicated by the Constitution and Laws of the
State of Arizona. Misuse of computing resources may result in loss of computer and
network privileges, or disciplinary action. Misuse of computing resources includes,
but is not limited to, the following:
- Unauthorized access to the resources of the NAU computer systems
or network (e.g., trying to log or break into accounts or computers
for which you are not authorized).
- Disruption or obstruction of authorized use of the network.
- Causing excessive and unneeded use of University resources such
as staff time, network bandwidth, or computer capacity.
- Destroying the integrity of computer-based information.
- Unauthorized use, or attempted unauthorized use, of the University
computer systems, computer networks, computer software, data files,
or other computing facilities.
- Compromising the privacy of users, including but not limited
to misrepresenting or forging identities on, or through the use
of, the NAU network.
- Using University computer and networking systems for personal
or commercial purposes unrelated to activities which support, and
are consistent with, the educational purpose and mission of the
- Using University computer networking systems and resources for
obscene purposes or in a pervasively profane manner, including but
not limited to use which may bring into public disrepute the University's
identity and image as a tolerant and serious institution of higher
- Theft, distribution, or reproduction without lawful authority
of copies or reproductions of property or subject matter of any
kind belonging to another, including but not limited to that which
is protected by federal, state or international law governing patent,
copyright, trademark, tradename, trade secrets, privacy, publicity,
unfair competition, or licensing agreements, together with tampering
with computer software or data files belonging to others, or using
the resources in such a manner that would cause the University reasonably
to believe that it would be subject to the risk of suit, regulatory
action, or liability for vicarious or contributory infringement
of federal, state or international laws protecting intellectual
property, including but not limited to, laws which protect patents,
copyright, trademarks, tradenames, trade secrets, privacy, publicity,
unfair competition, or licensing agreements.
- Using these resources in a manner, or with the intention, to
inflict mental harassment, to intimidate, or to invade the privacy
of any particular individual in a manner that is extreme or outrageous
in the sense of being intolerable to reasonable members of a civilized
society and which, in the case of other students, faculty, staff,
administrators or members of the University, interferes with their
ability to exercise their rights to participate fully in the purpose,
mission, education, and life of the University.
- Sharing University account passwords with others, or using networked
machines to provide NAU network access to people or organizations
who do not already have such access.
- Using these resources to post material on behalf of other parties,
sharing personal access to NAU resources with others, or using personal
computers connected to the NAU network to mirror another site (i.e.,
to make a copy of someone else's site).
- Using these resources to threaten any particular individual
with violence, to engage in that which naturally and directly tends
to provoke acts of violence, or a breach of the peace by the person
to whom, individually, the conduct or remarks are addressed.
- Using these resources in a manner which violates the laws of
the United States of America and the State of Arizona, including
but not limited to the policies of the Arizona Board of Regents
and Northern Arizona University. Such behavior may also constitute
a violation of the
Safe Working and Learning Environment policy
of the University, a violation of which would also be deemed to
be a violation of this Policy.
- Using these resources in a manner that would lead the University
reasonably to believe that continued use of its property and resources
in such a manner may subject it to the risk of suit, regulatory
action, or liability of any kind under the laws of the United States
of America or the State of Arizona forbidding the creation or maintenance
of a hostile working or educational environment involving discrimination
based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, veterans'
status or disability, whether physical or mental, or which would
cause the University reasonably to believe that continued use of
its property and resources in such a manner may result in a determination
that it is in breach of its legal duty to take reasonable steps
to eliminate such attributes, conditions, or vestiges of a hostile
Any individual or group who participates in conduct which adversely affects the
University's pursuit of its educational objectives, violates or shows disregard
for the rights of individuals within the University community, or damages property
will be subject to institutional discipline. Officials charged with enforcement
of these regulations shall have the authority in execution of such duties to perform
such acts as required to maintain the security, well-being, and safety of the University
community or any of its members.
Northern Arizona University reserves the right to suspend and examine any account
or network access pending review by University officials. Any instance of academic
misconduct will be reported to the instructor, chair, or dean of the student's college
or school, as well as to the Office of Student Life. Other violations will be reported
to the appropriate University office.
The account holder agrees to be responsible for, and to indemnify and hold the
Arizona Board of Regents, Northern Arizona University, and their officers and employees
harmless from any claims, including attorney's fees, resulting from the account
holder's acts or omissions which cause direct or indirect damage to another party.
Personal computers connected to our network pose special network risks. The following
guidelines are an attempt to stop unsecured computers from compromising one of NAU's
most valuable resources: our network. Damage to the network comes at such a high
cost that these guidelines are considered a necessary addition to the acceptable
- Any machine or device that disrupts the normal operation of
the NAU campus network, and any machine with inadequate security
that leaves the NAU network vulnerable will be disallowed.
- Viruses are not welcome on our network. Computers with viruses
or computers that are not protected against spreading viruses will
be disconnected. Adequate protection implies at least mechanisms
to keep the machine up to date with operating system patches and
an approved anti-virus strategy.
- Personal computers and network devices must be properly registered
and the network administrators may require regular logins and security
checks for the machine to stay on the network.
- The IP address used on the personal machine must be the one
assigned to your machine. Machines must use campus Dynamic Host
Configuration Protocol (DHCP) services for this address assignment.
- Running Domain Name Service (DNS), DHCP, mail services (SMTP),
Windows domain services, Windows Internet Name Service (WINS), routing,
wireless routers, wireless access points or other network services
that would conflict with those provided by NAU is strictly forbidden.
If you have questions about a specific service, contact the Student
Technology Center at 523-9294 or 1-888-520-7215.