Computer Usage Policy

Effective Date: January 31, 2008

Last Reviewed: June 30, 2015

Review by: July 1, 2016

Policy Statement

All computers on campus or that connect to the Meharry network must be operated and used in a manner that reflects Meharry’s values and mission. 

Reasons for the Policy

To set forth the allowable uses of Meharry computer resources, and to specify those uses which are not allowed.


The purpose of this policy is to set forth guidelines so that members of our community may use the campus network and computing facilities in ways that are responsible and respectful of privacy. This policy sets forth the College’s expectations of acceptable behavior on the part of computer systems uses at Meharry by providing guidelines for appropriate use of computing and related communication systems and examples of inappropriate use. These standards of acceptable behavior also extend beyond the campus community into the internet. Just as it is unacceptable to violate others rights to privacy, property and resources within Meharry, it is also unacceptable to violate those rights on systems that are not at Meharry but are accessible through Meharry's connection to the internet.

This policy applies to all users of Meharry computing systems, including students, faculty and staff, and any others granted the use of College computing resources. It applies to the use of all computing facilities owned, leased, operated or contracted by Meharry Medical College. As used in this policy, terms such as "computing," "computing/communications systems," "computing resources," etc., refer to all computers, communication systems, and peripherals, software, telephones and systems with similar functions, which are owned by Meharry, or which utilize Meharry infrastructure such as telephone lines or computer networks.

Although this policy does not attempt to deal specifically with legal issues, computer users are responsible to act in compliance with the law, including any federal, state and local laws governing computer and telecommunications use, as well as all other applicable College policies.

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