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ERIC Number: ED374780
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jun
Pages: 12
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Developing a Campus-Wide Computer Ethics Policy.
Brown, Lisa; And Others
This paper discusses the process for developing a campus-wide computer ethics policy at Illinois Wesleyan University. As a part of a campus-wide computerization planning effort, the university realized it would be necessary to set in place rules of conduct, methods of monitoring conduct, and penalties for transgressions of these policies. The need for a policy arose from the realization of problems relating to network integrity, liability, and software copyrights. A task force consisting of faculty and administration created a smaller group charged with developing the policy. The policy created focuses on legal and ethical issues of campus computing. Issues encountered while developing the policy include: whether or not to allow the use of games; the use of computer equipment for monetary gain; and academic dishonesty. An implementation plan was developed along with the policy: (1) obtain approval from the trustees; (2) include the policy in the faculty and student handbooks; and (3) make students aware of the policy. The policy was adopted in April 1993 by the Board of Trustees of the university. Sections of the campus-wide ethics policy are interspersed with narrative in the paper describing the policy's development. (JLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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