Terms of Use Agreement

As a user of the University of West Lost Angeles School of Law’s (“UWLA” or “University”) local and shared computer systems, I understand and agree to abide by the following terms of use agreement. These terms govern my access to and use of the information technology applications, services and resources of the UWLA and the information they generate.

The University has granted access to me as a necessary privilege in order to perform authorized functions on the computer systems. I will not knowingly permit use of my entrusted access control mechanism for any purposes other than those required to perform authorized functions related to my status with the University. These include logon identification, password, workstation identification, user identification, digital certificates or 2-factor authentication mechanisms.

I will not disclose information concerning any access control mechanism unless properly authorized to do so by the University. I will not use any access mechanism that the UWLA has not expressly assigned to me. I will treat all information maintained on the UWLA computer systems as strictly confidential and will not release information to any unauthorized person.

Computer software, databases, and electronic documents are protected by copyright law. A copyright is a work of authorship in a tangible medium. Copyright owners have the sole right to reproduce their work, prepare derivatives or adaptations of it, distribute it by sale, rent, license lease, or lending and/or to perform or display it. A user of the UWLA computer systems must either have an express or implied license to use copyrighted material or data, or be able to prove fair use.

Students and other users of UWLA’s computer systems are responsible for understanding how copyright law applies to their electronic transactions. They may not violate the copyright protection of any information, software, or data with which they come into contact through UWLA  computing resources. Downloading or distributing copyrighted materials such as documents, movies, music, etc. without the permission of the rightful owner may be considered copyright infringement, which is illegal under federal and state copyright law. Use of UWLA’s  network resources to commit acts of copyright infringement may be subject to prosecution and disciplinary action.

The penalties for infringing copyright law can be found under the U.S. Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. §§ 501-518 and in the U.S. Copyright Office’s summary of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (http://www.copyright.gov/legislation/dmca.pdf).

I agree to abide by all applicable state, federal, and UWLA policies, procedures and standards that relate to the use of intellectual property. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Attempting to gain access to information owned by UWLA or by its authorized users without the permission of the owners of that information.
  • Accessing, downloading, printing, or storing information with sexually explicit content as prohibited by law or policy;
  • Downloading or transmitting fraudulent, threatening, obscene, intimidating, defamatory, harassing, discriminatory, or otherwise unlawful messages or images;
  • Installing or downloading computer software, programs, or executable files contrary to policy;
  • Uploading or downloading copyrighted materials or proprietary agency information contrary to policy;
  • Sending e-mail using another’s identity, an assumed name, or anonymously;
  • Attempting to intercept or read messages not intended for them;
  • Intentionally developing or experimenting with malicious programs (viruses, worms, spy-ware, keystroke loggers, phishing software, Trojan horses, etc.) on any UWLA-owned computer;
  • Knowingly propagating malicious programs;
  • Changing administrator rights on any college-owned computer, or the equivalent on non-Microsoft Windows based systems;
  • Using UWLA computing resources to support any personal commercial venture or for personal financial gain.

Users of the UWLA computer systems must follow any special rules that are posted or communicated to them by responsible staff members, whenever they use UWLA computing laboratories, classrooms, and computers in the Learning Resource Centers. They shall do nothing intentionally that degrades or disrupts the computer systems or interferes with systems and equipment that support the work of others. Problems with UWLA computing resources should be reported to the staff in charge or to the UWLA HelpDesk (HelpDesk@uwla.edu).

If I observe any incidents of non-compliance with the terms of this agreement, I am responsible for reporting them to the UWLA HelpDesk.

I understand that I must use only those computer resources that I have the authority to use. I must not provide false or misleading information to gain access to computing resources. UWLA may regard these actions as criminal acts and may treat them accordingly. I must not use UWLA IT resources to gain unauthorized access to computing resources of other institutions, organizations, individuals, etc.

UWLA reserves the right (with or without cause) to monitor, access and disclose all data created, sent, received, processed, or stored on UWLA systems to ensure compliance with UWLA policies and federal, state, or local regulations. UWLA or its Business Office officials will have the right to review and/or confiscate (as needed) any equipment (UWLA owned or personal) connected to a UWLA owned device or network.

I understand that it is my responsibility to read and abide by this agreement, even if I do not agree with it.  If I have any questions about the UWLA Information Technology Terms of Use Agreement, I understand that I need to contact the UWLA Business Office or appropriate UWLA official.

By acknowledging this agreement, I hereby certify that I understand the preceding terms and provisions and that I accept the responsibility of adhering to the same. I further acknowledge that should I violate this agreement, I will be subject to disciplinary action.