Policies and Standards

Acceptable Use Policy

The computing and network facilities in the various colleges are a vital component of the academic environment. Each person using these computers must be considerate of other users. The purpose of these facilities is the support of teaching and research by its authorized users.

Activities that damage or impede the work of other users are of particular concern. Such activities are discourteous and illegal.

The State of Florida has laws which hold that unauthorized use (including accessing another user’s account) leading to offenses against intellectual property and/or computer users, is a felony. Besides civil penalties that can include imprisonment of up to fifteen years and fines, the college and or university may impose administrative penalties and sanctions against those found to have violated the law. The University of South Florida wishes to provide open access to students and faculty, with as few restrictions as possible. Courteous and thoughtful computing will minimize the need for regulations and annoying security procedures.

Account Certification Statement

I understand that the following activity is forbidden and may subject me to loss of access to computing and/or network facilities, administrative sanctions and penalties by the university and/or college, as well as imprisonment and fine by civil authorities.


Individuals using this system without authority, or in excess of their authority, are subject to having all of their activities on this system monitored and recorded by system personnel.

While monitoring individuals improperly using this system or during system maintenance, the activities of authorized users may be examined. Anyone using this system agrees to such examination and is advised that if it reveals possible evidence of criminal activity, system personnel may provide this evidence to law enforcement officials.

Network Device Registration