UNC-Chapel Hill Data Network Acceptable Use Policy
Use of the campus data network is intended to support the University mission and must be used in an ethical and legal manner consistent with all University policies.
1. The network may not be used for commercial profit activities.
2A. Unsolicited advertising by users is strictly forbidden. For the purpose of this Policy, "Unsolicited Advertising" shall be defined to include any transmission that describes goods, products, or services and that is initiated by the vendor, provider, retailer, or manufacturer of the described goods, products, or services, or by a third party retained by, affiliated with, or related to the vendor, provider, retailer, or manufacturer. This prohibition shall not include either (i) discussions of a product or service's relative advantages and disadvantages by users of those products or services (unless the user is also the vendor, provider, retailer, or manufacturer, or related to or affiliated with the vendor, provider, retailer, or manufacturer), (ii) responses to questions, but only if such responses are direct replies to those who inquired via electronic mail, or (iii) mailings to individuals or entities on a mailing list so long as the individual or entity voluntarily placed his/her or its name on the mailing list.
2B. Commercial activity of any kind is strictly forbidden. Commercial activity for the purpose of this agreement is defined as profit-oriented activity.
Users shall avoid unnecessary network traffic and interference with other users.
3A. Any type of mass mailing resulting in network spamming or "chain letters" is strictly forbidden.
3B. Users shall not harass or stalk others, post, transmit, or originate any unlawful, threatening, abusive, fraudulent, hateful, defamatory, obscene, or pornographic communication, or any communication where the message, or its transmission or distribution, would constitute or would encourage conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate any local, state, national, or international law.
3C. Users shall not access or attempt to gain access to any other user's system accounts or to any nonpublic or restricted portions of the UNC-CH network. Users also shall not intercept or attempt to intercept data transmissions of any kind.
ITS Networking shall have broad authority to interpret and apply these Acceptable Use Policies. ITS Networking also shall be entitled to modify or amend these policies at any time. ITS Networking shall provide notice of any such modifications or amendments by email to the UNC-CH Support and CTC mailing lists. Users shall be responsible for regularly reviewing notices posted on-line on the ITS Networking Web pages. Any such modification shall be effective immediately upon notice being provided regardless of whether subscriber actually reads such notice.
ITS Networking shall be entitled act upon any breach of these Acceptable Use Policies, and ITS Networking shall be entitled to exercise all appropriate remedies, including termination from the network, disciplinary review, termination of employment, and/or legal action. ITS Networking will refer serious violations to the appropriate University department for disciplinary action.
Dated 7 April 1998.