Information technology plays a critical role in determining the ultimate success of the University in the accomplishment of its mission. It touches every academic discipline and administrative service provided by the University.

Pursuant to CA Penal Code 502 and Title 5 Section 41301(b) of the California Code of Regulations, it is illegal and against University policy to knowingly access and without permission alter, damage, delete, destroy, or otherwise use any data, computer, computer system, or computer network in order to defraud, deceive, extort, or wrongfully control or obtain money, property, or data, or to knowingly access and without permission take, copy, or make use of any data from a computer, computer system, or computer network, or to knowingly access and without permission add, alter, damage, delete, or destroy any data, software, or program, or to knowingly and without permission disrupt or cause the disruption of computer services, or to knowingly and without permission provide or assist in providing a means of accessing a computer, computer system, or network or introduce a computer contaminant.

Such activities could result in: University disciplinary action, criminal action, including fines and/or imprisonment, and/or civil action by victims of computer crimes.

Any incident of suspected computer misuse as defined in this policy should be reported to the Police Department. Offices which may be involved in the university s response to reported instances of computer misuse, in addition to Public Safety, include: Human Resources, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vice President for Student Affairs, Vice President for Finance and Administration, and Chief Information Officer.