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WPI Computer Network Acceptable Use Policy

The computer networks and systems at WPI have been acquired as tools for use in the academic mission of WPI. They are electronic and may seem "ethereal," but when you use them you should consider yourself as being in a classroom, or elsewhere on campus, and your actions should be guided by the WPI Campus Code of Conduct (Section IV), just as if you were interacting with others face-to-face, always adhering to WPI's standards of honesty and personal conduct.

Your actions via your login ID are your responsibility; you should act ethically and should not share your login ID with anyone or try to crack someone else's login ID.

If you have questions about these policies or if you observe transgression of these rules, please send e-mail to helpdesk@wpi.edu. The full version of the AUP is available online.

The following is a summary of the policies regarding acceptable WPI computer network use. Please contact the Computing and Communications Center for the full text of policies. WPI community members may not

  1. violate the intended use of the systems and network at WPI.
  2. let anyone know your password(s).
  3. violate the privacy of other users.
  4. copy or misuse copyrighted software or related material.
  5. use the systems or network to harass anyone in any way.
  6. abuse your electronic mail (email) or other communications privileges.
  7. perform commercial activities on WPI facilities.

Abuse

As defined in the General Laws of Massachusetts, abuse is the occurrence of one or more of the following acts between family or household members:

  1. Attempting to cause or causing physical harm;
  2. Placing another in fear of imminent serious physical harm (applies to threats and to situations where the abuser has assaulted the victim but no battery has occurred. The protections of this law are extended to individuals who are or were involved in what is termed by statute as "a substantive dating or engagement relationship.");
  3. Causing another to engage involuntarily in sexual relations by force, threat or duress.

Aiding or abetting theft

To aid or assist in the performance of an act of theft or to incite such an act.

Assault

A violent attack of any sort; attempt or threat to do bodily violence to another; to attack violently.

Assault and battery

The intentional and unjustified use of force upon the person of another, however slight, or the intentional doing of a wanton or grossly negligent act causing personal injury to another.

Consent

Agreement that may be expressed or implied. Acquiescence does not necessarily constitute consent. Further, consent cannot be construed if

  1. it is given by a person who is legally incompetent to authorize the conduct charged to constitute the offense and such incompetence is manifest or known to the actor;
  2. it is given by a person who by reason of youth, mental disease or defect, intoxication or drug use or physical helplessness, is unable to make a reasonable judgment as to the nature or harmfulness of the conduct charged to constitute the offense;
  3. it is induced by force, duress, or deception. 

Due process

In general a constitutional concept (Fourteenth Amendment) that no person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property without legal protection in the form of being present at a hearing, having the opportunity to be heard, and having the opportunity to present evidence (Barr, 1988).

Harassment

Harassment is defined as any unwanted physical, verbal, or written (including electronic) conduct, on or off campus, that has the intent or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's or group's educational work performance at WPI or that creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational, work or living environment; or contacting a person after sanction prohibiting contact has been issued, either personally or through a third party.

Incumbent

The holder of any office.

Possession of stolen property

To have in one's possession or control, stolen items. Renders one liable to judgment: Indicates accountability to the appropriate WPI judicial body to determine responsibility and appropriate sanctions.

Sexual Misconduct

Sexual contact without consent and includes intentional touching, either of the victim or when the victim is forced to touch, directly or through clothing, another person's genitals, breasts, thighs, anus or buttocks; rape (sexual intercourse without consent, whether by an acquaintance or a stranger); attempted rape; sodomy (oral sex or anal intercourse) without consent; attempted forcible sodomy, rape, or fondling without consent; or sexual penetration with an object without consent.

Stalking

In the General Laws of Massachusetts, Chapter 265, section 43, any person who willfully, maliciously and repeatedly follows or harasses another person and who makes a threat with the intent of placing that person in imminent fear of death or serious body injury.

Theft

The act of stealing; larceny.

Threat

An indication or source of impending danger; declaration of an intention to harm, injure, etc.

Unauthorized attendance

Not having the right to be present.

Unauthorized entrance

Not having the right to enter.

Unauthorized use

Not having the right to use.

 
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