Rules on Computing in the Department
The use of computers in the Department is governed by various Departmental Rules, approved by the Department Council, covering:
- General guidelines on acceptable use (all users should read at least this);
- Use of Electronic Mail;
- Network rules which apply to all systems attached to the Department's network.
- Production of Web pages and running a Web server;
- Restrictions on access to the Teaching System, eg during timetabled classes;
The Department's computer systems are also covered by the University's rules and by national rules and laws:
- University Information Strategy and Services Syndicate Rules (and useful guidelines from the Computing Service based on these);
- Rules governing the use of the University's Data Network (the CUDN);
- The use of the national network JANET.
- The Data Protection Act - contact the Department's Data Protection Officer (dpa-officer) for details of registering use in the Department.
- Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000. Note in this context that the Department's arrangements for interception of communications are detailed here.
- Copyright Rules.
- Software Licensing and Licence Record Keeping.
- There are also Computing Service rules and guidelines on many of these topics as applied to their systems.
The Information Strategy and Services Syndicate has a disciplinary procedure; minor misuse of the Department's systems may also be punished by a system of fixed penalty fines.
A PDF containing both Departmental and Information Services Committee Rules is available for those who prefer a printed copy.
Note that the University has a policy on "whistle-blowing" which you may find helpful if you become aware of someone else misusing our computer systems.