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Amherst College supports an extensive information-technology environment for faculty, staff, students, and other members of the College community. The College's general policies and codes of conduct apply to the electronic environment just as they apply in all other College settings.

Please carefully review the College’s Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) and keep the following points in mind when interacting in any electronic environment.

  • Do not use College resources (including, for example, email, web pages, or newsgroups) to defame, harass, intimidate or threaten any other person(s), or to promote bigotry or discrimination.
  • Do not send unnecessarily repetitive messages (for example, chain mail).
  • Do not publish, post, transmit or otherwise make available content that is copyrighted, obscene or legally objectionable. The College cannot protect individuals against the existence or receipt of material that may be offensive to them. As such, those who make use of electronic communications are warned that they may come across or be recipients of material they find offensive or objectionable.
  • Do not forge, maliciously disguise or misrepresent your personal identity. This policy does not prohibit users from engaging in anonymous communications, providing that such communications do not otherwise violate the Appropriate Use Policy.
  • Do not violate copyright laws. This includes using Amherst computing facilities and resources to receive, retransmit, duplicate, destroy or tamper with software or data, whether stored or transmitted, unless authorized by copyright, license, College policy and all other applicable laws. Examples of protected materials include written material, sound files, pictures, photos, animations and software not originally created by you.
  • Do not use Amherst email for commercial or political purposes.
  • Do not use Amherst email for fundraising activities not endorsed by the College.