Ethics Guidelines

Ethics Guidelines

Users of School of Computing and Information Systems facilities are bound by the following ethics guidelines.  Violations of these guidelines are considered to contravene the Statute of Discipline and may result in restrictions on access to facilities, fines, suspension from study, cancellation of enrolment, or cancellation of marks .

  1. You may only access and use those facilities, software and information which you have been authorised to use. If there is password access, you must maintain secure passwords and take precautions against unauthorised access.
  2. You may only use authorised facilities for authorised purposes.  Specifically, teaching facilities may not be used for the playing of games, downloading inappropriate data, private consulting, or made available to other persons. Use of any facilities for direct personal gain is not permitted.
  3. Software made available by the School for your use is subject to copyright, and you may not copy or attempt to copy this software from School systems, unless explicit permission has been granted by an authorised staff member .
  4. You are responsible for the security of your own work.  You must ensure that paper and electronic copies of your work cannot be stolen.  You may not provide paper or electronic copies of your work to other students, as it is an attempt to gain or confer an unfair academic advantage through plagiarism.  This does not apply to the sharing of work in a project group, but the extent of individual contribution must be identified on the assignment cover sheet.   Providing a copy of your work to another student with the intent of helping them may result in you losing marks for your work.
  5. Any attempt to interfere with the normal operation of computing facilities is prohibited.
  6. Any attempt to subvert the security of any of the University's computing facilities or to subvert restrictions placed on your account(s) (such as disk or web traffic quotas) is prohibited.
  7. Any use of computing facilities to send obscene, vulgar or harassing messages or images is prohibited.
  8. Attempting to conceal your identity while using School of Computing and Information Systems facilities is prohibited.
  9. You may not install onto or copy onto School storage systems any software licensed to third parties.
  10. Except as noted here, you may not connect any device to the School’s computers or networks without the written consent of the Technical Services Manager.
    • You are permitted to connect bus-powered USB and FireWire storage devices (eg., KeyDisks), and battery-powered digital cameras and digital video cameras - no guarantees are made as to whether these devices will work with the School’s system configuration.
    • You are not permitted to connect mains-powered devices at any time.
  11. You are responsible for reporting any action by another person which you consider may contravene these Ethics Guidelines to University staff.
  12. You are responsible for reporting any malfunctions in equipment, furniture or buildings, so that repairs may be effected.  Workplaces should be kept neat and tidy, with rubbish properly disposed of.  Eating or drinking in laboratories is forbidden; smoking is prohibited in all University buildings.
  13. Your use of School of Computing and Information Systems facilities may be monitored.

Phone +61 3 6226 2956 for any enquiries regarding these guidelines.