MBARI’s Acceptable Use Policy

Visitors to MBARI as well as remote collaborators and others accessing MBARI computer resources are expected to abide by MBARI’s Acceptable Use Policy for these resources. In this policy, the term, “Computer Facilities” is defined to include MBARI’s computers, computer networks, connections to external computer networks, and subscriptions to external computer services. This includes network devices owned by other individuals or organizations but attached to the Institute’s network. “Licensed software” collectively refers to copyrighted and proprietary programs, data and documentation. “Software” collectively refers to the programs, data, and documentation developed from the Institute’s research activities.

Acceptable Use

The following are general guidelines for appropriate usage of MBARI’s computer systems.

  • All use of computers and network resources must be consistent with the overall goals of MBARI. The Institute may at any time make determinations that particular uses are or are not consistent with the objectives of MBARI. The user community will be notified of any such determinations.
  • All persons using the computer facilities are responsible for using these facilities in an effective, ethical, and lawful manner.

Unacceptable Use

The CEO reserves the right to determine what constitutes unreasonable use of the Computer Facilities. MBARI attempts to provide an open and enriching setting for research in the ocean environment. Anything which interferes with the operation of any MBARI Computer Facility, licensed software, or software is prohibited. Prohibitions include but are not limited to the following:

  • Any attempt to gain root access or unauthorized access to any account on any MBARI computer system.
  • Accessing or attempting to access computers, computer software, computer data or information, or networks without proper authorization, regardless of whether the computer, software, data, information, or network in question is owned by MBARI or not.
  • The use of any software or hardware to monitor network traffic without explicit approval by the Information Systems group.
  • The use of any software which consumes unreasonable computer resources on a shared computer system and causes delay or lost work for others in the institute.
  • Reading another user’s electronic mail, data, information, files, or programs on a display screen, as printed output, or via electronic means, without the owner’s explicit permission.
  • Use of any MBARI Computer Facility to attack or break into any other system.
  • Use of any MBARI computer system for illegal or criminal purposes. This includes the violation of licensing restrictions.