CSULB Computer Use Policy, Sect. 4

Last Modified: 02 Jul 96

Paper copies of this document are available from the Academic Senate office.



Violations of Section 502 of the California Penal Code (dealing with unlawful access or use of a computer) may be referred to the District Attorney or the police for investigation and/or prosecution. Similarly, violations of 18 U.S.C. Sec. 1030 (Federal laws dealing with unlawful access or use of a computer) may be referred to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Sanctions for violation of these state and federal laws may be as severe as a $50,000 fine and/or up to 5 years in jail.


University sanctions are imposed by the appropriate University authority and may include, but are not limited to, limitation or revocation of access rights and/or reimbursement to the University for all damages resulting from the violation, including the computing and personnel charges incurred in detecting and proving the violation of these rules, as well as from the violation itself. Reimbursement may include compensation for staff work time related to the violation and for archiving information related to the incident.

In some previous cases, these charges have reached several thousand dollars.


When an appropriate system administrator has reason to believe that a violation may have occurred, he or she may initiate an investigation and/or suspend computing privileges on a temporary basis for the individual(s) involved, pending prompt further investigation.

For cases in which a user's computing privileges are limited or revoked, administrators should provide a swift, informal internal review process (involving, for example, the appropriate Department Chair or other officials) to which the user may turn before appealing through other University channels.

If the facts of the case appear to warrant University-level action, an explanation of the causal events shall be reported to the Office of Judicial Affairs in the case of students, or to the appropriate Vice President's office for all others. Investigating officials will examine charges of violations with due respect for individual privacy, the security of other users, and the rights of due process.

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CSULB Academic Senate, Educational Resources Committee
Subcommittee on Computer Policy, policy@csulb.edu