Internet Usage

The University’s internet access is provided through JANET (the Joint Academic Network). We are required to abide by JANET’s Acceptable Use Policy and other current legislation in regards to internet usage.

Unacceptable use includes (and is not limited to) the following:

  • the creation or transmission (other than for properly supervised and lawful research purposes) of any offensive, obscene or indecent images, data or other material, or any data capable of being resolved into obscene or indecent images or material
  • the creation or transmission of materials which is designed or likely to cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety
  • the creation or transmission of defamatory material
  • the creation or transmission of material with the intent to defraud
  • the transmission of material so that this infringes the copyright of another person
  • the transmission of unsolicited commercial or advertising material either to other user organisations, or to organisations connected to other networks
  • deliberate unauthorised access to facilities or services accessible via JANET.

Deliberate activities with any of the following characteristics:

  • wasting staff effort or networked resources, including time on end systems accessible via JANET and the effort of staff involved in the support of those systems
  • corrupting or destroying other users' data
  • violating the privacy of other users
  • disrupting the work of other users
  • using JANET in a way that denies service to other users (for example, deliberate or reckless overloading of access links)
  • Other misuses of JANET or networked resources, such as the introduction of 'viruses'.

Where JANET is being used to access another network, any abuse of the 'acceptable use policy' of that network will be regarded as unacceptable use of JANET.  We regard any infringement of these rules as very serious and it will lead to disciplinary action being taken.

Any infringement of these rules will lead to Disciplinary Action under the Student Disciplinary Policy & Procedures as well as disqualification from further use.

Breach of these rules may also be in violation of the Universitys’s Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Policy which forbids the use or dissemination of materials likely to cause offence.