Computing Policies

In support of the University's mission of teaching, research, and public service, The Marine Science Institute provides computing, networking, and information resources to MSI's students, faculty, researchers, and staff. Unfortunately, computing resources can be used improperly, sometimes quite unintentionally and, in rare instances, deliberately. Accordingly, for both your personal benefit and the benefit of others, you must assume responsibility for making the best possible use of your privileges, and not abusing them. All existing laws (federal and state) and University regulations and policies apply, including not only those laws and regulations that are specific to computers and networks, but also those that may apply generally to personal conduct.

UCSB Electronic Communications Policy

UCSB policy home page

Email Policies

UCOP Electronic Communications Policy. In 2000, UCOP implemented the University of California Electronic Communications Policy. This document forms the basic rules regarding how information technology services will be provided and managed on UC campuses. Furthermore, UCSB has created guidelines for implementing the ECP (pdf format).

Departmental Computing Policies

  • Network Acceptable Use policy (coming soon)
  • Network Security Policy (coming soon)
  • Network Configuration Requirements (coming soon)
  • Electronic Privacy Policy (coming soon)

Other Related Policies

Digital Millennium Copyright Act

The DMCA was passed by the U.S. Congress in 1998 in response to arguments that networked computers were making it too easy to exchange unlicensed copies of copyrighted material and that existing law needed to be revised. Among its many provisions is a section that allows service providers to be held liable for the copyright infringements of their subscribers unless the providers follow certain rules when notified of infringement. The University of California agreed to these "safe harbor" provisions