Computer and Network Usage Policies
Many employers are increasingly concerned that computer and network facilities
be used appropriately for company (and sometimes personal) use. The following
links will provide guidelines and samples of this type of policy. (The library
includes a related, comprehensive set of subtopics in All
About Computers, Internet & Web.)
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The following wording can be considered by an organization that is considering
developing a policy to guide organization members to appropriate usage of the
organization’s Internet-related resources. This policy is referenced from Polices
about Using Computers and Networks.
“The (organization’s) internal network is connected to the Internet.
Everyone wit computer access to the internal network has the ability access
the Internet, including use of electronic mail and the World Wide Web. While
the Internet is a great resource for our organization, it is the responsibility
of each employee to use this resource responsibly and respectfully. It is assumed
that the predominant use of these resources will be for work use, and that any
personal use of electronic mail or the World Wide Web will be limited; never
a priority over work matters. If an employee is found spending excessive time
on personal use of these resources, this privilege may be revoked for that employee.
Electronic mail sent from the Institute should be treated the same as any
other communication that is sent. All communications represent the (organization
name) as a whole, and as such, should be written in a professional and appropriate
manner. This also applies to any material that is published on the (organization
name’s) World Wide Website.
If there are any question regarding this policy, please contact ____________.”
Implications of E-Mail Records
For the Category of Information Technology:
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