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UW-Madison Responsible Use of Information Technology Policy

  

The Responsible Use Policy states that "access to University of Wisconsin-Madison information technology (IT) resources is essential to the mission of the University (to create, integrate, transfer and apply knowledge). Use of IT resources must be consistent with the Universitys mission and with its role as a public agency. Access to University IT resources is a privilege granted to members of the University community which carries with it the responsibility to use University IT resources for University-related activities, exercising common sense and civility. Regulations that govern personal conduct and use of University facilities(ii) also apply to the use of IT resources." The policy is published at http://www.cio.wisc.edu/policies-responsibleuse.aspx. PDF version

The policy is published at http://www.cio.wisc.edu/policies-responsibleuse.aspx (PDF version)

The history of the policy and ongoing implementation activities are documented below.

Documents

 
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To comment on draft documents or any other aspect of IT policy, please add your comments at the bottom of the page in question. Comments are welcome on any document at any time. Formal review is a publicized period of time where comments are proactively invited.

 

Status

Current Questions:

Current Process Step:

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Policy revisions?

Currently at IT policy process step 7. Communications.
Community leaders and the CIOs office encourage widespread implementation.

History

Date

Activity

10/07/2011

Began process of finding the old text on UW-Madison web pages...

10/07/2011

PDF version added to CIO web site. The PDF is formatted to print on two pages. The "official published version" is the PDF, although most people will read the html file. Updated wiki page, history, etc.

10/05/2011

CIO/DoIT Communications begins process of finding and changing links, references and text on the CIO and DoIT web sites. There are many.

10/04/2011

Policy published on CIO web site. Minor fixes in metadata, so now it is RevA. Note historical link to appropriate use policy is http://www.cio.wisc.edu/policies/appropriateuse.aspx. The intent is to assure this link continues to work for a very long time.

09/17/2011

CIO website was transitioning to a new CMS and the links were changing. To avoid disrupting the transition and to assure continuity, delayed publishing until transition was complete.

09/16/2011

Policy endorsed by the Information Technology Committe (ITC). Began Rollout process.

08/12/2011

Final Draft. Began Endorsement process. 2011-08-16 version summary of changes... TBD. We want to be very careful to send a consistent message. The description of changes will come from news articles and other published material as it become available. For exact changes, see: RUP Policy to compare texts.

 

07/19/2011

Met with Legal Services.

07/05/2011

Updated history of the policy (and the earlier guidelines.) Reconstructed the 1997 version from old web pages.

06/16/2011

Updated revision, following input from PPT meeting.

06/16/2011

Minor changes to RUP Description.

06/16/2011

Renamed initiative from AUP to RUP. Make sure the old link http://www.cio.wisc.edu/policies/appropriateuse.aspx still works but contains the revised policy.

06/14/2011

Discussed at PPT meeting.

08/03/2010

Created wiki page. Note: AUP Description taken from preamble of the policy.

07/??/2010

Policy was revised to add a numbered section on copyright, in order to further emphsize the importance.

06/21/2006

Guidelines were converted to a policy. Language was added to emphasize the importance of following copyright law.

07/??/1997

Guidelines were revised. See RUP Policy Archive for probable text. The date was found in a DoIT news article and a University Communications news article. The text was reconstucted from an old web page last updated in 2004.

~09/??/1993

Estimated date the policy was originally created. It is possible that the creation of the policy corresponded roughly with the creation of WiscWorld version 1. Original text is lost in antiquity, unless perhaps it can be found in paper copies of meeting minutes or WiscWorld or other documentation. Not sure if the guidelines were reviewed by the ITC, University Committee or Faculty Senate. The Web did not yet exist, so the original guidelines addressed issues in terms of posting to usenet and sending email.

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