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Policy ABC's: Acceptable Use, BRI, Copyright & More

Whether you're a new arrival or seasoned veteran, everyone in the Brown community is affected by, and should therefore be aware of, its computing policies. Adopted to ensure an equitable, appropriate, and legal use of Brown resources, these documents spell out your rights and responsibilities when using the University's computing resources.

Key policies include Acceptable Use, Network Connection, Copyright Infringement and the Policy on the Handling of Brown Restricted Information.

According to the Acceptable Use Policy, "acceptable use means respecting the rights of other computer users, the integrity of the physical facilities and all pertinent license and contractual agreements." Respecting the computing resources at Brown University is important because they "support the educational, instructional, research, and administrative activities of the University and the use of these resources is a privilege that is extended to members of the Brown community. As a user of these services and facilities, you have access to valuable University resources, to sensitive data, and to internal and external networks. Consequently, it is important for you to behave in a responsible, ethical, and legal manner."

So as you start a new—or  your first—year at Brown, you are encouraged to become acquainted with the Computing Policy site, for your benefit of yours as well as everyone else's in our community.