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Do’s and Dont's of Internet Usage

As a student and user of the BYU–Hawaii network, please strive to follow the guidelines and principles set forth by prophets and apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as well as those outlined in the BYU–Hawaii Honor Code while using the Internet. Students are encouraged to obey the law of chastity, respect the property and personal rights of others, obey and sustain the law of the land, avoid cheating and plagiarism, and observe high standards of decency.

Do’s

• Honor the rights and privacy of other users.
• Use a pop-up blocker to avoid unintentional viewing of questionable content.
• Be cautious in downloading free software, peer-to-peer (ex.Limewire, BitTorrent, etc), or chat-based programs and avoid the in advertent downloading of adware, spyware, offensive materials, or viruses.
• Use only those accounts that are assigned to you in an ethical manner and protect your account(s) from use by others.
• Access only data and files that are owned by you or data and files to which you have been given explicit authorized access.
• Use copyrighted material in accordance with copyright laws and abide by the provisions of any applicable license agreements.

 

Don’ts

• Possess, print, show, or view offensive materials, including pornographic, vulgar, and questionable images and/or videos.
• Make or use illegal copies of copyrighted software or store or transmit such copies (software piracy = the illegal copying of software).
• Plagiarize content found on the internet as one’s own work.
• Use another person’s files, system, software or data without permission.
• Use computer programs to decode passwords or access control information.
• Attempt to bypass or go around system security measures.
• Knowingly engage in any activity that causes harm to systems or to any information stored thereon, such as creating or propagating viruses, disrupting services, or damaging files.
• Use electronic mail or message services to harass, intimidate, or otherwise annoy another person (e.g. broadcasting unsolicited messages or sending unwanted mail after being asked to stop).“Because the Internet is becoming so essential in school and in work situations, we need to learn to safely access and use the good things the Internet can bring. … As with other areas in our lives, we have to find ways to use the Internet for worthy purposes and avoid what is bad on it. It can be a tool for great good, connecting us to the far reaches of the globe and spreading good and valuable information.”–“Mixed Signals,” New Era, Jun 2001, 10