Rules and Policies


General Rules

Do not share account information with any other individual. Any user who is identified as having logged in to another user's account will have his or her account closed immediately. If such access was freely granted, then both parties will have their accounts closed. Such activity may also result in further disciplinary action. Note that

  • Each individual is responsible for ALL activity associated with his or her account.
  • DO NOT log into your own account from another user's account, and do not permit another user to log into your account.
  • Send mail to "manager" immediately if you suspect that someone has gained access to your account.

Initial login to your Econometrics Laboratory account certifies that you understand and agree to (a) publication of your email address as directory information, and (b) comply with university policies governing email, campus online activities policy, and appropriate use of university computer facilities.

Abuse of any computer account by an individual within the EML system or abuse of any other computer system may lead to termination of the individual's EML account and permanent suspension of ALL EML privileges.

Abuse of an account includes, but is not limited to:

  • Unauthorized attempts to access accounts, files, or system resources.
  • Malicious mischief of any sort, including using a computer account that you are not authorized to use.
  • Obtaining a password for a computer account without the consent of the account owner.
  • Using the campus network to gain unauthorized access to any computer systems anywhere.
  • Knowingly performing an act that will interfere with the normal operation of computers, terminals, peripherals, or networks.
  • Knowingly running or installing on any computer system or network, or giving to another user, a program intended to damage or to place excessive load on a computer system or network. this includes but is not limited to programs known as computer viruses, Trojan horses, and worms.
  • Attempting to circumvent data protection schemes or uncover security loopholes.
  • Violating terms of applicable software licensing agreements or copyright laws.
  • Wasting system resources, such as playing games or broadcasting "chain" letters.
  • Masking the identity of an account or machine.
  • Any activity originating from an EML account (on any computer system) that results in an official complaint being logged against the user, such as broadcasting "for sale" or "want ad" messages to multiple departmental mailling lists (known as "spam"). Note that your account will be quickly and permanently revoked if you spam multiple departmental mailing lists that result in one or more complaints.
  • Unsolicited electronic communication with an individual who is not known to the user; using electronic mail to harass others.
  • Use of an EML account for commercial or personal benefit or financial gain.
  • Posting on electronic bulletin boards materials that violate existing laws or the University's codes of conduct.
  • Attempting to monitor or tamper with another user's electronic communications, or reading, copying, changing, or deleting another user's files or software without the explicit agreement of the owner.
  • Failure to cooperate with requests of the system staff regarding use of the system resources. System staff include all Statistical Computing Facility staff as well as all Econometrics Laboratory staff.
  • Repeated failure to follow posted rules.
  • Activities will not be considered misuse when authorized by appropriate University officials for security or performance testing.