Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)

Updated AUP Approved July 20, 2020

The AUP (full name University of Guelph Acceptable Use Policy for Information Technology) defines the acceptable use and breaches of acceptable use of information technology resources at the University.  The policy applies to anyone who uses or accesses any IT resource belonging to, or under the control of or in the custody of, the University of Guelph.

By using the University's IT resources, all users agree to comply with this policy.  Users have an obligation to take all reasonable steps to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of IT resources.

The policy builds on the principles of accountability, transparency, privacy, and fairness, to support a functional environment for work and study in which IT resources are protected.  It also outlines the process used to resolve any allegations of inappropriate activity.

The policy uses general language as much as possible, but reflects current realities. Retained are the notions of personal use, privacy, and support of the mission of the University of Guelph.

The following list highlights changes in the updated policy:

  • Addition of the Secure Office Data Protection Appendix which provides a series of requirements for the protection of University data from the risk of unauthorized disclosure, loss, or theft for faculty, staff, and consultants
  • Updated definitions to reflect organizational changes
  • Addition of new related policies
  • Addition of discrimination and expressions of hatred as examples of policy breach

For more information, see the full information technology Acceptable Use Policy (PDF), approved on July 20, 2020.

The Secure Office Data Protection Appendix can be found on page 7 of the policy.