Responsible Use of University Computing and Network Resources
While on campus, you will probably choose to connect your devices to the Ohio State wireless network, seen as “osuwireless” on your device. This connection will require you to login with your OSU name.# identity. But what else should you know about the network?
- What kind of activities are not allowed or are illegal?
- What data is vulnerable when you’re on the network?
- Is your activity private? Is anyone monitoring the websites you visit? What about other activities?
- What are you responsible for with a university device?
You have used wireless network extensively forever. Why should you learn more about it now? And how is using a device provided by Ohio State different from using a personal device?
Need to Know
Download content legally and thoughtfully.
- Inform people and gain permission if you are recording them or using their content.
- Protect your iPad as you would your smartphone by keeping it locked and in your possession at all times.
- Know that university devices like the iPad may not be private.
- Use your iPad for your courses, to access resources, to enhance your experience at Ohio State and ultimately to be a good citizen and Buckeye.
Code of Student Conduct
As a student at Ohio State, you are one piece of a large community with significant impact on those around you. In the previous chapter, we touched on ensuring that your digital activities do not violate any laws, but other policies and considerations matter as well. Being a good university citizen means protecting your own information, the data of the university, and the other people in your community. You may know that plagiarism and cheating are prohibited and handled by a disciplinary committee, but the way you treat fellow buckeyes is included in those guidelines as well.
You are now part of the OSU community—tens of thousands of people who are codependent on respectful behavior, privacy, and maintenance of personal integrity.
Need to know
- All codes of student conduct related to your interactions with classmates and the university apply when using your iPad.
- Just like any other university property, intentional or reckless damage to your iPad would be considered a violation of the Code of Student Conduct.
- When recording video, audio, or when taking photographs be sure to inform people you are recording and only share after gaining permission from those you recorded.
- Violations of Code of Conduct could mean loss of iPad use if they result in suspension or dismissal or if they are needed for an investigation.
Institutional Data Policy
“Institutional data” sounds like something related to research projects or administrative work, but as a student, you also have access to this type of information. In Carmen, you access information about students and instructors as well as professors’ materials—all of which is protected. Institutional data includes, but is not limited to, information in paper, electronic, audio, and visual formats. And while you may not immediately see any reason you would want to share this content outside of the university, there are others who may seek access to this data through you. Additionally, one common way students breach data security is by accident—through loss or unintentional vulnerabilities.
Need to know
- Institutional data may include information in email, Carmen, course documents, BuckeyeBox, and other university systems and could be in paper, digital, visual, or audio formats.
- You can protect this data by thinking critically about where and with who you share information and by carefully monitoring access to your iPad.
- Be sure to backup and protect your own personal information in the event your iPad is lost or stolen.
- If you suspect someone has accessed or been exposed to data they shouldn’t have or if important information seems to be missing or lost report this to firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-688-5650.
Student Technology Agreement
You’ve got your device and you’ve signed the Student Technology Agreement, but signing a paper doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll remember every detail of it. That’s why we’re including it here—to remind you of the agreement you’ve signed and what it entails. The Student Technology agreement answers the following questions:
- Who owns the iPad?
- Who is responsible for the iPad if it breaks? Gets lost? Is stolen?
- Can you sell or give away the iPad after receiving it?
- What are you allowed to do on the iPad? What aren’t you allowed to do?
Find these answers and more in the Student Tech Agreement.
Need to Know
A quick summary of the agreement:
- The iPad is owned by the university and given to you as the primary user. You are responsible for the device. You can’t sell, transfer ownership, or give away the iPad or any of its accessories.
- If you withdraw or transfer from Ohio State, you must return the equipment within 30 days or purchase it at its depreciated value.
- When you complete your undergraduate program, Ohio State will transfer ownership of the iPad to you and remove the Mobile Device Management software.
- If your iPad is lost or stolen, then you will be issued a loaner iPad to use for your time remaining at Ohio State. You must return the loaner iPad when your undergraduate program is complete.
- You cannot use the iPad for any illegal activities.