The primary purpose of the CS systems is to support the educational, research,
and service missions of the department. Consequently, these are to be the primary
usages of accounts issued on the system.
Usage of the system for other purposes (e.g., recreational) is permitted only
to the extent that it (a) does not violate policy (see below) and (b) does not
interfere with the system's primary mission.
Usages Excluded By Policy
- Commercial usages.
- Usages that violate laws and statutes, including software copyright and licensing
- Transmission of harassing or threatening material. For example: transmitting
to a user after explicitly being asked to cease said transmission; transmitting
to a user after it becomes clear that said transmission is causing the user
- Violating the privacy of another user, for example, by accessing without
permission another user's files.
- Subverting the access controls associated with one's account in order to
gain privileges that the Department does not intend be associated with the account.
This includes use of one's account to gain access to a remote system from where
actions which violate that system's policies are performed.
- System administrators and others with special access privileges will not
use those privileges to violate the privacy of computer users. In particular,
protected files and email communications will be accessed only in the face of
strong suspicion that an account is being used in a manner prohibited by policy.
All such accesses will be in accordance with University policy.
In addition to usages which by their nature are forbidden, our policy forbids
usage that interferes with the computer system's primary mission. Examples of
such usage are:
- Usage not related to the system's primary mission and which consumes resources
to the point where system performance is affected.
- Transmission of communications which is distracting to the point that it
interferes with other users' ability to perform their work. This includes communications
to an inappropriately wide audience.
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UNM ETHICS CODE AND POLICY FOR COMPUTER USE
UNM Computer Science Department Policies Regarding Computing Support for Academic Classes
- The course professor should submit requests for computer
accounts and software needed for a Computer Science class to
the CS Support Advisory Committee (CSSAC). The CSSAC
determines which software will be supported and recommends
software purchases to the department chair.
- The CS Support Group (CSS) will provide computer accounts
and install and maintain software approved by the CSSAC.
- The CSS will provide consultation support for widely used
software such as emacs, vi, gcc, etc.
Consultation support for specialized software used in a
Computer Science class is to be primarily provided by the
course professor and teaching assistants. CSS will assist as
time and resources permit. Such specialized software
includes, but is not limited to, special compilers
(e.g. Scheme, Prolog, Smalltalk, Java, ML, Lisp,Tcl/Tk),
graphics software (e.g. RenderMan , WaveFront, Inventor,
Performer, OpenGL libraries), and others (e.g. Mathematica,
- If ITS has resources to support the computing needs of a
class, support for that class should be provided by ITS.
- The CSS software installation deadline for each software
package is determined by the CSSAC.
Requests for major packages (e.g. Oracle, Khoros, WaveFront,
ML) should be submitted as far in advance as
possible. Ideally this would be the semester before the
course is taught. The principle is to give as much notice as
possible to allow adequate time to plan.
- The CSS will provide support for obtaining and installing
software on CS machines as well as on ITS machines. In all
cases, these activities should be viewed as a team effort
involving the faculty member, the CSS, and ITS.
- Please note that support for Computer Science classes is
one of many support functions. Highest priority is given to
keeping systems, file servers, mail, and network services
operational. Concerns about priorities will be addressed by