Bryant University. The Character of Success

University's Rights and Responsibilities

As owner of the computers and networks that comprise the University's technical infrastructure, Bryant University owns all official administrative data that resides on its systems and networks, and it is responsible for taking necessary measures to ensure the security of its systems, data, and users' accounts. The University does not seek out personal misuse. However, when it becomes aware of violations, either through routine system administration activities or from a complaint, it is the University's responsibility to investigate as needed or directed, and to take necessary actions to protect its resources and/or to provide information relevant to an investigation.

Individual units within the University may define additional conditions of use for resources or facilities under their control. Such additional conditions must be consistent with this overall policy but may provide additional details, guidelines, and/or restrictions. Roles and responsibilities for specific University entities and individuals are defined in greater detail below.

Vice President for Information Services

  • Designates individuals who have the responsibility and authority for Information Services resources.
  • Establishes and disseminates enforceable rules regarding access to and acceptable use of Information Services resources.
  • Establishes reasonable security policies and measures to protect data and systems.
  • Monitors and manages system resource usage.
  • Investigates problems and alleged violations of University Information Services policies.
  • Refers violations to appropriate University offices such as the Office of Academic Affairs and the Department of Public Safety for resolution or disciplinary action.

Divisions or Departments

  • Create, disseminate, and enforce conditions of use that are consistent with University-wide policies for the campus facilities and/or resources under their control.
  • Monitor the use of campus resources under their control.
  • Investigate problems and alleged violations of University Information Services policies.
  • Refer violations to appropriate University offices such as the Office of Academic Affairs and the Department of Public Safety for resolution or disciplinary action. Possible policy violations should be reported to the appropriate entity.

Information Services Department

  • Grants authorized users appropriate access to the data and applications for which they are stewards, working with University data security and network personnel to limit access to authorized users with a legitimate role-based need.
  • Review access rights of authorized users on a regular basis.
  • Respond to questions from users relating to appropriate use of system/network resources.
  • Implement and oversee processes to retain or purge information according to campus records' retention schedules.
  • Determine the criticality and sensitivity of the data and/or applications for which they are stewards; determine which University data is public and private based on campus definitions, in consultation with the University's Office of Records and Applications Development.
  • Ensure that appropriate security measures and standards are implemented and enforced for the data under their control in a method consistent with University policies and sound business practices. The security measures implemented should be based on the criticality, sensitivity, and public or private nature of the data, and may include methodologies, change management, and operational recovery plans.
  • Investigate problems and alleged violations of University Information Services policies.
  • Refer violations to appropriate University offices such as the Office of Academic Affairs and the Department of Public Safety for resolution or disciplinary action.

System/Network Administrator

  • Takes reasonable action to ensure the authorized use and security of data, networks, and the communications transiting the system or network.
  • Participates and advises as requested in developing conditions of use or authorized use procedures.
  • Responds to questions from users relating to appropriate use of system/network resources.
  • Cooperates with appropriate University departments and law enforcement officials in investigating alleged violations of policy or law.

Office of Applications Development

  • Assist data custodians in classifying information as public or private.

Campus Public Safety Department

  • Responds to alleged violations of criminal law.
  • Coordinates all activities between the University and outside law enforcement agencies.

General Counsel

  • Provide legal advice on official rulings on public, private, and confidential information.

  Approved By: Information Services
 
 
  © 2006 Bryant University | www@bryant.edu  
  1150 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, RI 02917 | 401-232-6000  
  blank space