Acceptable Network Use Policy

Acceptable Use

Cedarville University provides all members of the University community, including faculty, staff, students, contractors, and guests, with access to University computers, networks, and associated resources as an integral part of the educational environment. Community members may access and use University resources only for activities that are consistent with the University’s mission and objectives. The University reserves the right to define and enforce regulations to ensure the University's mission and objectives are followed. Enforcement of these regulations may involve (at the University's discretion) logging and monitoring of user’s computing activities. Violations of these regulations may result in, but not limited to, loss of network access, discipline, loss of employment, dismissal from the University, and/or legal action. Use of the University’s resources implies consent to these regulations and monitoring activities.


"Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour."
1 Peter 5:8 (ESV)

Community members are responsible for any use of their accounts as well as the use of any University-owned resources assigned to them. Community members are expected to take reasonable precautions to guard the privacy of their passwords.

Note: The University recommends that users do not leave any device unattended and strongly encourages everyone to log out or lock their computer when not in use.

Access to Pornographic or Obscene Material

“For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor”
1 Thessalonians 4:3-4 (ESV)

Community members are prohibited from using University resource to view, access, and/or store
pornographic or obscene material in any form.

Use of Copyrighted Material

"You shall not steal."
Exodus 20:15 (ESV)

Inappropriate transfers of copyrighted material via the University network violate our commitment to honesty and integrity, as well as state and federal law, are strictly forbidden. Examples of prohibited transfers/downloads include:

  • Downloading copyrighted media without permission from an authorized distributor
  • Making personal copies of software that is licensed to the University
  • Making copies of another person’s files without his or her permission
  • Installing software on a computer without first obtaining an appropriate license

Unauthorized Use or Access

“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?”
1 Corinthians 6:9a (ESV)

Users are expected to respect the privacy and property of others. Therefore, the following activities are prohibited:

  • Unauthorized browsing of data, files, or directories that belong to the University or to others
  • Interfering with another user’s legitimate computer access and/or use
  • The possession and/or use of programs designed to breach or circumvent security

Online Communications

"Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear."
Ephesians 4:29 (ESV)

All online communication should be consistent with the ideals of the Cedarville covenant. Messages that promote love for God, love for Others, and integrity in conduct are encouraged. Community members may not use University resources to send out unsolicited commercial messages without the express consent of the University.

Stewardship of Equipment

“Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds, for riches do not last forever”
Proverbs 27:23-24a (ESV)

Community members who use University-owned equipment are expected to treat it with appropriate care. The process for University-owned equipment repair or modification will be defined by the University IT department. University-owned equipment must not be moved from the location designated by the IT department.

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