ERIC Number: ED255172
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Computer and Software Abuse Policies. Microcomputing Working Paper Series A 84-7.
Smith, Shirley C.
This document was designed to assist computer users with the ethical issues created by the widespread use of microcomputers at Drexel University, where there were over 5,000 Macintosh microcomputers in use on the campus as of the fall of 1984. It explains to faculty, students, and staff what the university expects and the law demands in regard to responsible behavior in the use of microcomputers. A copy of the university policy on access to computers and computer software use is provided, as well as an explanation of relevant Pennsylvania law on computer abuse and aspects of the national copyright law. Penalties for law violations are also discussed. Examples of situations involving legal and ethical questions which might occur on any university campus are provided for both students and faculty; topics covered include paying or receiving pay for copies of computer software programs, illegal copying of copyrighted programs, non-disclosure agreements, and illegal software. Also included are samples of letters to students and to faculty and staff introducing the computer and software abuse policy packet. (LMM)
Descriptors: Computer Software, Computer Uses in Education, Computers, Copyrights, Higher Education, Legal Responsibility, Programing, Programing Languages, Purchasing, School Policy, Universities
Working Paper Series, Microcomputing Program, Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Drexel University, 32nd and Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19104.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Students
Authoring Institution: Drexel Univ., Philadelphia, PA. Microcomputing Program.