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Policy 8000

Information Technology Acceptable Use


This policy governs use of Boise State University information technology (IT) resources and applies to University IT resources, both off and on campus, in offices, classrooms, laboratories, hallways, public spaces, residence halls, and University apartments, etc. The purpose of this policy is to maximize the value of University IT resources, permit maximum freedom of use consistent with state and federal law, policies of the State IT Resource Management Council (ITRMC), Idaho State Board of Education, and the University in order to support a productive work environment.


Boise State University IT resources are intended for official University related purposes, including support of the University’s instruction, research, and service missions, its administrative functions; and, its student and campus life activities. Use of Boise State University IT resources must comply with state and federal laws, executive orders and policies of the State IT Resource Management Council (ITRMC), the Idaho State Board of Education, and Boise State University.

Non-Compliance with this Policy

Report suspected violations of this policy to the appropriate supervisor, department head, Dean, Vice President or to the Human Resources Department. Depending on the seriousness of an offense, violation of this policy can result in penalties ranging from reprimand, to loss of use, to referral to University authorities for disciplinary action, to criminal prosecution. Use of these resources is a privilege, not a right, and abuse may result in the immediate removal of privileges pending final resolution.


Students, faculty, staff, visitors, system administrators, supervisors or others who are unsure about how to deal with any aspect of this IT Resource Use policy should contact the Information Security Officer prior to taking any action.

Additional References

  • Ethics in Government/Conflict of Interest policy (BSU 7080)
  • Anti-Harassment (BSU 1070)
  • Student Code of Conduct policy (BSU 2020)
  • Policies of the Idaho State Board of Education and State IT Resource Management Council (ITRMC), Executive Orders, and other state and federal laws.


This policy applies to all users of Boise State University IT resources, whether affiliated with the University or not, and to all uses of those resources, whether on campus, off campus, or from remote locations.


Information Technology (IT) resources refers to an array of products and services that collect, transform, transmit, present, and otherwise make data into usable, meaningful and accessible information. IT resources include but are not limited to: desktop, laptop, and tablet PC’s; handheld devices including but not limited to personal digital assistants, pocket PC’s, and cell phones; e-mail, voicemail, servers, central computers, and networks; network access systems including wireless systems; hard drives and databases; computer software; printers and projectors; telephone equipment and switches including local and long-distance services; camcorders, TVs, VCR’s, and FAX machines; satellite equipment and any other current or future IT resource adopted by the University.

Revision History

Effective Date: November 3, 1997
Rev: June 7, 2004
Rev: October 21, 2010 – Draft Web Version

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