The University’s campus-wide computer network is part of the internet, and when you use it, you have the ability to interact with people, both good and bad, all over the world.
Meeting people, making friends, and doing business on the internet are risky activities. Use directories, the telephone, and other media to confirm that people are who they claim to be. For your own safety, when arranging your first face-to-face meeting with someone you met online, be sure to meet in a public place with friends present.
Be aware of common online scams. Some scams ask for money or credit card numbers up front in order to apply for a job or ask for a fee to be paid in exchange for a “scholarship.” You may also be targeted by another type of scam, called phishing, where scammers impersonate the University to trick you into divulging passwords or other personal information. The FTC publishes a list of these common online scams.
You are also bound by the University’s rules governing acceptable computer use whether or not you have read them. Losing your computer access isn’t the only penalty for violating the University’s rules; University discipline and, in serious cases, state and federal law enforcement can be involved. You can also be liable for deliberate damage.
If you encounter online safety concerns, online scams or computer and network misuse, report the incident to firstname.lastname@example.org. The University’s Office of Information Security will promptly investigate the problem and refer matters to appropriate authorities.