TECnet Acceptable Use Policy

TECnet Acceptable Use Policy

The Tennessee Education Cooperative Network (TECnet) mission is stated as: "It is the primary purpose of TECnet to provide data connectivity to non-profit institutions in the Tennessee region which have as their primary purpose academic and research activities and to state and local governments."

The TECnet is for the use of persons legitimately associated with current institutional members and other institutions in the Tennessee region that choose to join the TECnet and agree to abide by the appropriate usage conventions and any terms and conditions of membership and affiliation of the TECnet, as they may be amended from time to time.

The TECnet will support the primary functions of the academic and research institutions, that is, instruction, research, public service, and the accompanying administrative support functions by facilitating the exchange of information consistent with the purposes of the cooperating institutions. Functions of state and local government members may likewise be facilitated by the use of the TECnet.

The TECnet is open to use, at the discretion of the individual educational institutions, by faculty, students, and staff affiliated with that institution and by state and local government members. Users of the TECnet are expected to be responsible in their use and are subject to approval of their institution. Each institution is responsible to see that the acceptable use policy is widely distributed, that the TECnet users are aware of the policy, and that these policies are followed. Each institution is responsible for exercising any control they deem necessary to maintain usage within the confines of the acceptable use policy.

The TECnet is not a secure network. Information that is transmitted over the network is not encrypted or made private between the sender and the addressee. Anyone who can intercept the transmission has access to the information as if it were addressed to the interceptor. Sensitive or confidential information should not be sent over TECnet.

Guidelines for use of the network are as follows. Other acceptable and unacceptable usage can be derived from these examples.

September 10, 2001