Alabama Research and Education Network
The Alabama Research and Education Network (AREN) and the CSC comply
with the following Acceptable Use Policy. All users of University network
facilities are obligated to adhere to its terms. We have reprinted the
policy from its most recent publication to date. More up-to-date copies
are available on the Jaguar1 system and AREN's home page,
AREN Computer Use Policy
The Alabama Research and Education Network (AREN) is a statewide network
administered by the Alabama Supercomputer Authority (ASA). The purpose
of this policy is to provide a definition for acceptable use by authorized
users of AREN and to indicate recommended action if the policy is violated.
In those cases when information is transmitted across regional networks
or Internet, AREN users are advised that acceptable use policies of those
networks apply and may limit access.
ASA Primary Goals
The Alabama Supercomputer Authority has been established to:
- Enhance university research in Alabama
- Attract and support high technology industry
- Expand knowledge and use of computational science
AREN Acceptable Use Policy
- All use of AREN must be consistent with ASA's primary goals.
- AREN is for the use of individuals legitimately affiliated with
member organizations, to facilitate the exchange of information
consistent with the academic, educational, and research purposes
of its member organizations.
- It is not acceptable to use AREN for illegal purposes.
- It is not acceptable to use AREN to transmit threatening, obscene,
or harassing materials
- Access to Internet is provided through an ASA statewide contract
with a regional network provider. The contract allows ASA to grant
access to Internet to any governmental, educational, and industrial
entity through AREN. Charges may be assessed by ASA to facilitate
network connectivity. Reselling of the Internet connectivity and
services is prohibited.
- It is not acceptable to use AREN to interfere with or disrupt
network users, services, or equipment. Disruptions include, but are
not limited to, disruption by unsolicited advertising, propagation
of computer worms or viruses, and using the network to make unauthorized
entry to any other machine accessible via the network.
- Information and resources accessible through AREN are private to the
individuals and organizations which own or hold rights to those resources
and information unless specifically stated otherwise by the owners and
holders of rights. It is therefore not acceptable for an individual to use
AREN to access information or resources unless permission is granted by
the owners or holders of rights to those resources or information.
Violation of Policy
All organizations authorized to access AREN are responsible for informing
their users of this acceptable use policy. All users of AREN are required to
follow the acceptable use guidelines, both in letter and spirit. ASA reserves
the right to monitor and review all traffic on AREN for potential violations
of this policy. Violations of policy that are not promptly remedied by individuals
and member institutions may result in termination of access to AREN.
Final authority for the determination of violation of the ASA Acceptable
Use Policy and subsequent penalty rests with the ASA Board of Directors.
It is the responsibility of member representatives to contact ASA,
in writing, regarding questions of interpretation. Until such issues
are resolved, questionable use should be considered "not acceptable."