Computing Policies

Computing Policies


View a PDF copy of our Computer Account Request form

All activities on the USF network & Computers are subject to monitoring, both by CMS and by computing personel on the Tampa campus.

I Will Not:
    • Give out my password to anyone or allow my account to be used by others.
    • Use another account.
    • Access other person's files without permission.
    • Allow unauthorized access to the computing facilities. This includes physical, computer, peripheral, and network access, access to user lists, password files, software, and proprietary files.
    • Use facilities for junk mail, mass mailing, private profit, or for promoting any private organization or endeavor.
    • Download, store, intentionally receive or transmit pornographic material. (Discovery of material that might be illegal will have to be reported to the authorities and Student Affairs.)
    • Download, store, intentionally receive or transmit pirated software or any other illegal material. (Software, data, files, etc which you are not the legal owner in full compliance with it's license agreement and/or copyright laws.)
    • Intentionally impede the legitimate use of computing resources by others.
    • Develop or partake of the development, execute, knowingly distribute, transmit, or pass along computer “viruses”, “worms”, or any program that may destroy data or disrupt computer usage anywhere.
    • Load executable software from other systems without being screened first by the system manager.

Other Information:
  • DO NOT illegally download copyrighted material (music, movies, books, etc) or pornography.  The movie/music industry looks for this sort of activity.  They can sue you if they catch you.  We have gotten warnings from them in the past.  This is inappropriate behavior.
  • If I find pornography involving minors, I have to report it to the authorities.
  • All activities on the USF network are subject to monitoring, both by CMS IT and by IT personel on the Tampa campus.  Criminal behavior may have to be reported to authorities.  This is a public institution, not your home.

    Now that I've stirred things up - no we don't play big brother and go searching though everyone's stuff without reason.  But .. we fix your computers and see your files and programs you run while doing that.  I see quarantined attachments, have to fix problems on seas as well as regularly go through e-mail and ftp log files searching for problems, monitor log files and network activity looking for hackers, so we end up seeing a lot of user activity during our normal daily routine.

Mailing Lists
  • users e-mail list is for official announcements only.  Take follow-up discussion over to talk. Everyone in Marine Science as well as FIO and some alumni, former employees are on users.
  • allcms is like users but is restricted to Marine Science personnel only
  • talk e-mail list is for discussion, personal ad's (stuff you're personally selling, fundraisers you or your kids are involved in, but no advertising for businesses).  The basic rules for discussion are keep it civil and clean.  If you're going to get into some hot argument because of something someone sent, take it off the list and complain to them directly.
  • If you post an announcement to users, don't post it to talk also.  Everyone on talk is on users.  There are some people who are on users, but not on talk because they don't want to see the sorts of messages people post on talk.
  • There's a 5MB limit on messages send to users and talk.  If you need to send a larger attachment, send it to me and I'll put it on the web and send you a link so you can include the link.  When people click on the link, it will be just like they clicked on the attachment.
General E-mail
  • There's a 25MB limit on e-mails (most places have limits like this).  Anything larger can be put on a ftp server and folks can get it via anonymous ftp or using a web browser.
  • We run virus and spam filters on all e-mail passing in and out of seas.  Certain domains aren't filtered for spam, since spam rarely comes from them.  This includes all .edu, .gov, and .mil domains.  We filter viruses based on attachment names - primarily extensions.  ZIP files will get quarantined if they contain files with dangerous extensions.  We get a lot of new viruses before anti-virus programs have a chance to detect them, so we quarantine first, ask questions later.  I manually go through these and forward on the valid one's but that could result in a delay.  If you don't want a file delayed by the virus filter then rename the file with a .txt extension (prog1.exe -> prog1.txt) and let the person receiving it know that they need to rename it.
  • Please let Doug know when you leave Marine Science.  CMS computer accounts are for CMS students and employees only.   When you leave we will give you a transition time to get a new address and let people know about it.  We'll leave your account open for approx. a month, then forward your e-mail to your new account for approx a month after that.  If issues come up, please come talk to us.
    We are in the process of migrating everyone off e-mail addresses to or addresses. accounts may be kept after you leave USF accounts are closed about a month after you leave USF. Only retired faculty may keep their e-mail accounts.
  • We don't open e-mail accounts here for people else where who are working with you on projects unless there is some very important reason for them to have an account on our server.  They normally have their own e-mail account (which works better than ours) and their own server/internet access.  Opening up these type of accounts are against USF policy and presents security problems because of the remote access.
Web Pages
  • All web pages on the USF Network must be related to USF work/school.
  • You are not allowed to advertise for your business or non-USF organization
  • Links are not allowed to commertial web pages without permission from USF.
  • Personal web pages may be setup by creating a public_html subdirectory in your home directory on seas.  The home directory must be setup with other execute permission
    (chmod o+x ~). The public_html directory and all subdirectories must have other read and execute permission (chmod o+rx directoryname) and all files in them must be publicly readable (chmod o+r filenames).  All content in your personal web page must be related to your USF work/school. You are not allowed to setup web pages for business on our server.  These will be disabled if they are found, it is against USF policy.
  • Official USF Web Guidelines -
Last modified on Monday, 12 January 2015 19:30