The American University in Cairo
School Of Business,Economics And Communication

I. Introduction

Access to modern information technology is essential to the University mission of providing the students, faculty, and staff of the AUC with educational services of the highest quality. The pursuit and achievement of the AUC mission of education, research, and public service require that the privilege of the use of computing systems and software, internal and external data networks, as well as access to the World Wide Web, be made available to all members of AUC. The preservation of that privilege for the full community requires that each faculty member, staff member, student, and other authorized user comply with institutional and external standards for appropriate use.
To assist and ensure such compliance, the University has established the following policy, which supplements all applicable policies.

In the following, "computing facility" includes any personal computer, computing or communications facility owned wholly or partly by AUC; "account" means any account number, access code, user-ids or authorization code for a computer or communications facility, together with its associated passwords and files; "user" means any person using AUC's computing facilities; and "system administrator" means a person who has the authority to grant authorization to use computing facilities.

II. General Principles:

  1. Authorized use of computing and network resources owned or operated by AUC shall be consistent with the education, research, and public service mission of the AUC, and consistent with this policy.

  2. Authorized users of AUC computing and network resources include faculty, staff, students, and other affiliated individuals or organizations authorized by the Provost or his designee.

  3. This policy applies to all AUC computing and network resources, including host computer systems, AUC-sponsored computers and workstations, software, data sets, and communications networks controlled, administered, or accessed directly or indirectly by AUC computer resources or services, employees, or students.

  4. The AUC reserves the right to limit access to its networks when applicable campus or university policies or codes, contractual obligations, or laws are violated, but does not monitor or generally restrict the content of material transported across those networks.

  5. The AUC reserves the right to remove or limit access to material posted on the university-owned computers when applicable campus or university policies, codes, contractual obligations, or laws are violated; it does not however monitor the content of material posted on university-owned computers.

  6. The AUC does not monitor or generally restrict material residing on AUC computers housed within a private domain or on non-AUC computers, whether or not such computers are attached to campus networks.

  7. The AUC reserves the right, upon reasonable cause for suspicion, to access all aspects of its computing systems and networks, including individual login sessions to determine if a user is violating this policy.

  8. This policy may be supplemented with additional guidelines by campus units which operate their own computers or networks, provided such guidelines are consistent with this policy.

III. User Responsibility

Privacy: No user should view, copy, alter or destroy another's personal electronic files without permission (unless authorized or required to do so by law or regulation).
Copyright: Written permission from the copyright holder is required to duplicate any copyrighted material. This includes duplication of audio tapes, videotapes, photographs, illustrations, computer software, and all other information for educational use or any other purpose. Most software that resides on AUC computing network(s) is owned by the University, and is protected by copyright and other laws, together with licenses and other contractual agreements. Users are required to respect and abide by the terms and conditions of software use and redistribution licenses. Such restrictions may include prohibitions against copying programs or data for use on AUC computing network(s) or for distribution outside the University. Restrictions also include the resale of data or programs, or the use of them for non-educational purposes or for financial gain; and the public disclosure of information about programs (e.g., source code) without the owner's authorization.
Harassment, Libel and Slander: Under no circumstances, may any user use AUC computers or networks to libel, slander, or harass any other person.
Access to Computing Resources:

  • Accounts: Accounts created by a system administrator for an individual are for the personal use of that individual only.

  • Sharing of access: Computer accounts, passwords, and other types of authorization are assigned to individual users and should not be shared with others.

  • Permitting unauthorized access: You may not run or otherwise configure software or hardware to intentionally allow access by unauthorized users.

  • Termination of access: When you cease being a member of the campus community (e.g., withdraw, graduate, or terminate employment, or otherwise leave the university), or if you are assigned a new position and/or responsibilities within the University system, your access authorization must be reviewed. You must not use facilities, accounts, access codes, privileges or information for which you are not authorized in your new circumstances.

  • Circumventing Security: Users are prohibited from attempting to circumvent or subvert any system's security measures. Users are prohibited from using any computer program or device to intercept or decode passwords or similar access control information.

  • Breaching Security: Deliberate attempts to degrade the performance of a computer system or network or attempts to deprive authorized personnel of resources or access to any AUC computer or network is prohibited. Breach of security includes, but is not limited to, the following:

    •  Creating or propagating viruses
    •  Hacking
    •  Password grabbing
    •  Disk scavenging

  • Abuse of Computer Resources: Abuse of AUC computer resources is prohibited. This abuse includes, but is not limited to, the following:
    • Game Playing: Limited recreational game playing, which is not part of authorized and assigned research or instructional activity, is acceptable, but computing and network services are not to be used for extensive or competitive recreational game playing. Recreational game players occupying a seat in a public computing facility must give up the use of the terminal when others who need to use the facility for academic or research purposes are waiting.

    • Chain Letters: The propagation of chain letters is considered an unacceptable practice by AUC and is prohibited.

    •  Unauthorized Servers: The establishment of a background process that services incoming requests from anonymous users for purposes of gaming, chatting or browsing the Web is prohibited.

    •  Unauthorized Monitoring: A user may not use computing resources for unauthorized monitoring of electronic communications.

    • Flooding: Posting a message to multiple list servers or news groups with the intention of reaching as many users as possible is prohibited.

    • Private Commercial Purposes: The computing resources of AUC shall not be used for personal or private commercial purposes or for financial gain.

    • Political Advertising or Campaigning: The use of AUC computers and networks shall be in accordance with University policy on use of University facilities for political purposes

IV. Limitations on Users' Rights

  1. The issuance of a password or other means of access is to assure appropriate confidentiality of AUC files and information and does not guarantee privacy for personal or improper use of university equipment or facilities.

  2. AUC provides reasonable security against intrusion and damage to files stored on the central facilities. AUC also provides some facilities for archiving and retrieving files specified by users, and for recovering files after accidental loss of data. However, the AUC is not responsible for unauthorized access by other users or for loss due to power failure, fire, floods, etc. AUC makes no warranties with respect to Internet services, and it specifically assumes no responsibilities for the content of any advice or information received by a user through the use of AUC's computer network.

  3. Users should be aware that AUC computer systems and networks may be subject to unauthorized access or tampering.

V. Web Policy

The AUC World Wide Web Home Page ( is an official publication of the AUC. Unless otherwise indicated, all materials, appearing on the Home Page or subsequent official home pages of specific departments,including text and photographs, are copyrighted and should not be reproduced without written permission. Home pages linked to AUC Home Page may be created by academic departments, programs, centers or institutes, administrative departments, or recognized student groups. Individual members of the faculty and staff may create their own, but must link them through their department's home page.
Individual students may create their own home page. Each student home page shall include the disclaimer that neither the page contents nor the link identifiers are monitored, reviewed, or endorsed by AUC.

VI. Sanctions

Violators of this policy will be subject to the existing student or employee disciplinary procedures of AUC. Sanctions may include the loss of computing privileges. Illegal acts involving AUC computing resources may also subject users to prosecution by Egyptian authorities.
To report violations or request further information, please fill the incident reporting form or contact Hussein Moustafa Networking and Systems Security Officer, 797-5497.

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