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Respectful Use of IT Resources

Author: ITS

Posted on Oct 8, 2014

Category: IT Announcements

Respect and respectful use of resources can mean different things to different people depending on a variety of factors.

At the University of New Brunswick, there are some concrete definitions of what respectful use of information technology resources is all about, as defined in the university's Acceptable Use Policy (AUP). Under the AUP, being respectful with the use of technology means using the technology in a professional and courteous manner.

For example, sending a colleague a scathing email that goes beyond constructive criticism and is written in such a way that it could cause hurt or embarrassment would not be using electronic communication in a respectful manner. Similarly, a residence student who takes to Twitter to publicly embarrass or bully a roommate is also not using technology responsibly.

Using technology respectfully also means being aware of device use in public spaces, whether it's a computer lab or the SUB, and being aware of what people can see and hear in public spaces. It's okay to enjoy your music collection, but wear headphones in public areas and avoid displaying material that may be offensive to others.

It also means being aware of people's reasonable expectation of privacy, particularly when you are recording video or taking pictures in public spaces or classrooms. When possible, make sure to ask for the permission of anyone you are taking a photo of or including in a video recording.

The respectful use of technology also means avoiding the use of so-called anonymous services to rate the physical appearance of people you may see at public spaces at UNB or in their workspaces, or to gossip about other students, faculty or staff. Remember, nothing on the Internet is anonymous and there are rules around a positive environment at UNB. Those rules are in place so that no one is made to feel uncomfortable because of what others say about their appearance or other personal attributes. The UNB harassment policy applies in cyberspace as well as everywhere else, so be mindful of how you use communication technologies and resources.

Finally, being respectful also means not abusing network services by using an excessive amount of bandwidth, particularly for things that aren't related to course work, academic work, UNB research or administration. If you're in a lab, use only one computer at a time. If you're in a lab and others are waiting, give others a chance to use the device once you've finished your work.

If you fail to use technology resources provided at UNB in a respectful manner, you may find yourself subject to an AUP violation, which could result in IT access restriction or outright denial of IT services for a period of time or indefinitely, depending on the severity of the issue and other pertinent facts.