UNM-Taos Acceptable Use Policy for Computing and Information Technology Resources
It is the policy of UNM-Taos (or, the “University”) to maintain access for its community to local, national and international sources of information and to provide an atmosphere that encourages the free exchange of ideas and sharing of information. Access to this environment and the University's information technology resources is a privilege and must be treated with the highest standard of ethics.
UNM-Taos expects all students, users, and members of the community to use computing and information technology resources in a responsible manner; respecting the public trust through which these resources have been provided, the rights and privacy of others, the integrity of facilities and controls, and all pertinent laws and the University’s policies and standards.
This policy outlines the standards for acceptable use of UNM-Taos computing and information technology resources which include, but are not limited to, equipment, software, networks, data, and telephones whether owned, leased, or otherwise provided by UNM-Taos.
This policy applies to all users of UNM-Taos’ computing and information technology resources including faculty, staff, students, guests, external individuals or organizations and individuals accessing external network services, such as the Internet via University facilities.
Preserving the access to information resources is a community effort that requires each member to act responsibly and guard against abuses. Therefore, both the community as a whole and each individual user have an obligation to abide by the following standards of acceptable and ethical use:
Failure to comply with the appropriate use of these resources threatens the atmosphere for the sharing of information, the free exchange of ideas and the secure environment for creating and maintaining information property and subjects one to discipline. Any member of our community found using information resources for unethical and unacceptable practices has violated this policy and is subject to disciplinary proceedings including suspension of system privileges, expulsion from school, termination of employment and/or legal action as may be appropriate.
UNM-Taos reserves the right to limit or restrict the use of its computing and information technology resources based on institutional priorities and financial considerations, as well as when it is presented with evidence of a violation of University policies, contractual agreements, or state and federal laws.
Although all members of the community have an expectation of privacy, if a user is suspected of violating this policy, his or her right to privacy may be superseded by the University's requirement to protect the integrity of information technology resources, the rights of all users and the property of the University. The University, thus, reserves the right to examine material stored on or transmitted through its facilities if there is cause to believe that the standards for acceptable and ethical use are being violated by a member of the University community.
The UNM-Taos Acceptable Use Policy for Computing and Information Technology Resources requires all system users to abide by applicable laws and to respect the copyrights and intellectual property of others. Violators of this policy are subject to disciplinary proceedings, and sanctions may include suspension of system privileges. In accordance with federal law, the university, in appropriate circumstances, will terminate system privileges of users who are found to be repeat infringers of the copyright laws. See Title 17 United States Code, Section 512(i)(1)(A).
Information on Copyright Law
Information on United States copyright law is available from the U.S. Copyright Office:
Pursuant to Title 17 United States Code, Section 512 (c)(2), notification of claimed copyright infringement must be sent to the designated agent* listed below:
Public Relations Coordinator
1157 County Rd. 110
Ranchos De Taos, NM 87557
*Interim designation pursuant to 37 C.F.R. 201.38
It is the policy of The University of New Mexico – Taos Branch not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex , national origin, age or disability in its education programs or employment policies as required by Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act of 1973, Title IX (1972 Educational Amendments), section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act, Inquiries regarding compliance with Title IX, Section 504 or the Americans with Disabilities ACT. Career Technical Education CTE courses are offered without regard to race, color, national origin, sex or handicap and a lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in career tech education programs. All questions or concerns should be directed to Patricia Gonzales, Student Enrollment Director UNM-Taos 1157 County Road 110, Ranchos de Taos, NM 87557, 575-737-6212 or to the Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C.