Purpose and Use of Accounts

The ECE computing facilities are provided for the use of ECE students, faculty, and staff in support of the programs of the School. All students, faculty, and staff are responsible for seeing that these computing facilities are used in a conscientious, ethical, and lawful manner. These general policies, which can be found at http://www.ece-help.gatech.edu/policies/, serve as guidelines for their use.

  • Computer facilities and accounts are owned by the Institute and are to be used for Institute-related activities only. Computer accounts are to be used only for the purpose for which they are assigned and are not to be used for commercial purposes or non-Institute related activities.
  • All access to the School’s computing systems, including the issuing of passwords, must be obtained through the Computer Support Group, by the Assistant to the Chair for Computer Support, or an authorized representative.
  • Accounts are for individual use only; they are not to be shared. The individual is responsible for proper use of the account, including proper password protection.
  • Programs and files are confidential unless they have explicitly been made available to other users. Computer Support personnel may access others’ files when necessary for the maintenance of the computing systems. When performing maintenance, every effort is made to ensure the privacy of a user’s files.
  • Electronic communications facilities (such as email) are considered a privilege. Fraudulent, harassing, or unlawful messages and/or materials are not to be sent or stored.
  • No one should deliberately attempt to degrade the performance of a computer system or to deprive authorized users of resources or access to any of the computer systems.
  • Loopholes in computer security systems or knowledge of a password must not be used to damage computer systems, obtain extra resources, take resources from another user, obtain access to or change another user’s files, gain access to systems, or use systems for which proper authorization has not been given. Users are prohibited from making any attempt to intercept or decode passwords or other access control information, or from making such information available to anyone.
  • Computer software protected by copyright is not to be copied using School facilities or used, except as permitted by law or by contract with the owner of the copyright. Software subject to licensing must be properly licensed and all license provisions (installation, use, copying, number of simultaneous users, etc.) must be strictly followed.
  • Academic and research faculty are expected to provide regular updates for their “official” ECE home page and to maintain a current World Wide Web home page listing appropriate professional activities and responsibilities, such as current classes and ongoing research initiatives.

In summary, users may not harass or threaten other users; attempt to steal passwords, files, or other user/system information; or attempt to crash, violate the integrity of, or adversely affect the activities of any computer system. When a process is consuming excessive system resources and objectionably degrading system response, its priority may be altered without notice. If violations of these guidelines occur, the account may be disabled to protect the security and operation of the department's computer systems.

These policies will be enforced by the Assistant to the Chair for Computer Support. Every attempt will be made to notify the affected student, staff, or faculty member prior to disabling an account. Appeals may be made in writing to the ECE School Chair.

Last revised August 17, 2009