Internet Policy

Open access through computers, networks, and the Internet is a privilege. NAU’s goal in providing this service to students, faculty and staff is to promote educational excellence by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication.

NAU’s e-mail and Internet resources are provided for the sole use of NAU students, faculty, staff, and administration. E-mail and Internet records are subject to all existing laws (federal, state and local) as well as the university policies and procedures.

Internet access is coordinated through a complex association of government agencies and regional and state networks. In addition, the smooth operation of the network relies upon the proper conduct of the end users who must adhere to strict guidelines. The guidelines provided here are designed to make students, faculty, and staff aware of the responsibilities they are about to acquire. In general, this requires efficient, ethical and legal utilization of the network resources.

If an NAU user violates any of these provisions, his/her account may be terminated, and future access could be denied. Depending upon the severity of the situation, abuse of NAU’s e-mail, network, or Internet systems may also result in disciplinary action including suspension from the university.


Users are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette. This includes, but is not limited to, these rules:

  1. Be polite - do not use abusive or offensive language in messages to others.
  2. Do not reveal your personal address or phone number or those of other students, faculty or NAU employees.
  3. Remember that electronic mail (e-mail) is not guaranteed to be private. Those who operate the system do have access to mail. Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities may be reported to the authorities without notification to or permission from the student/employee sending or receiving the message.
  4. Do not tie up the network with idle activities or game playing - remember there are many students who need to use the system.
  5. Do not plagiarize - cutting and pasting ideas and documents into your own document is very easy to do. Be sure to give credit to the author when using his/her material.

Prohibited Use

The following types of activities are specifically prohibited and may result in administrative action:

  1. Unauthorized use of any computer account
  2. Unauthorized transfer of or entry into a file
  3. Using NAU’s network to gain unauthorized access into any computer system
  4. Illegal copying of software protected by U.S. copyright law (may also result in civil damages and criminal penalties)
  5. Using e-mail to threaten or harass others
  6. Using the university’s network to access pornography or obscene material and sites displaying the same
  7. Activities for the purpose of personal or commercial financial gain including chain letters, solicitation of business or services, sales of personal property, etc.
  8. Storing, processing or displaying racially offensive, gender offensive or obscene material
  9. Using another individual’s account or identity to send or receive e-mail
  10. Viewing, damaging or deleting other users’ files or communications without appropriate authorization
  11. Posting materials on electronic bulletin boards, which violate existing laws, regulations or National American University policies or codes of conduct
  12. Theft, misuse or abuse of computing or networking resources
  13. Posting of National American University confidential materials, records, policies or procedures or transmitting the same to unauthorized personnel
  14. Sharing of passwords with others


Vandalism is defined as intentional or negligent damage to computer equipment, software and systems of the university or harming or destroying data of another user, Internet, or other networks. It includes, but is not limited to, the intentional uploading or creation of computer viruses. Vandalism will result in the cancellation of privileges and may result in suspension from the university.