Policies

FDU maintains policies with regards to the use and security of its computer systems, networks and information resources. Users of these facilities are required to adhere to these policies which are meant to protect FDU’s computer systems, networks, data and other information resources.

Policies

Acceptable Use Policy for Computer Usage

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The computing and electronic communications resources at Fairleigh Dickinson University support the instructional, research, and administrative activities of the University. Users of these facilities may have access to University resources, sensitive data, and external networks. Consequently, it is imperative for all users to behave in a responsible, ethical, and legal manner. This document presents specific guidelines to appropriate behavior and use of FDU computing resources.

SCOPE

These guidelines apply to all users of FDU computing resources. Users include all students, faculty, visiting faculty, staff, guests of the administration, and external individuals or organizations.

Computing resources include, but are not limited to, desktop and laptop computers, file servers, email and electronic communications, software, University-assigned email accounts, data storage, and networking equipment used to link these components together and to the Internet, whether owned, leased or rented by FDU. In addition, computing resources expressly include use of the University network via a physical or wireless connection, regardless of the ownership of the computer or device connected to the network. Moreover, this policy applies equally to all usage of University computing resources, whether that usage occurs through a University owned device or personal device.

University property, including computing resources, are provided to you in order to conduct University business. Although security protocols have been put in place to restrict access to computing resources in order to protect them against external parties or entities obtaining unauthorized access, employees should understand that these systems are intended for business use, and all computer resources are to be considered as University records.

Fairleigh Dickinson University is not responsible for the content of any material users prepare, receive or transmit. Thus, as a condition of using the University’s computer system, the user represents that he/she is in compliance with all federal, state and international copyright and other intellectual property laws and agreements and other federal and state laws, and that in his/her use of the system the user will not violate any federal or state civil or criminal laws. Furthermore, the user will indemnify, exonerate and hold the University, and its representatives, harmless from any claim, damage or cost related to the user’s use that is in violation of University policy(ies), including any legal fees the University decides it is necessary to incur to defend itself.

ACCEPTABLE USE

Those who make use of the FDU computing resources are required to behave in a manner consistent with FDU’s codes of conduct. As a user of this network, you agree to the following usage guidelines:

  1. You also shall not use an account not belonging to you. You will use only the computers, computer accounts and computer files for which you have authorization.
  2. You are responsible for any computer account you have been given. You shall set a password on the account that is in compliance with University password policies and you shall not share this password with other people. If you discover that someone has made unauthorized use of your account, you should change your password immediately and immediately report the event to one of the individuals listed in Appendix 1.
  3. You agree not to intentionally seek out information about, copy, or modify password files, other users’ files, or disks and tapes belonging to other people, whether at FDU or other facilities.
  4. You should not attempt to decrypt material to which you are not entitled or attempt to gain rights you have not been specifically granted by the owner. If you observe or discover a gap in system or network security, you agree to inform the one of the individuals listed in Appendix 1 and not to exploit the gap.
  5. You agree to refrain from any activity that interferes with a computer’s operating system or its logging and security systems, or that may cause such effects.
  6. You must be sensitive to the public nature of computing resources and agree not to transmit, post or otherwise display material that is threatening, obscene, harassing or defamatory. The use of University computing resources to libel, slander, or harass any other person is not allowed and could lead to University discipline as well as legal action by those who are the recipients of these actions.
  7. You agree not to make copies of or distribute software the University owns or uses under license, unless the owner of the software or the owner of the license has specifically granted permission to copy. If in doubt as to whether you have permission to copy software, assume you don’t.
  8. Messages, statements, and declarations sent as electronic mail or public postings should be treated as if they were tangible documents. From electronic identifiers used in the transmission of messages, addressees can see the University is the source of the message or its system is being used to transmit it, similar to how letterhead or return addresses on a tangible document would identify the University. SUGGESTION: Therefore, as a representative of the FDU community, you are expected to respect the University’s good name in your electronic dealings with those both within and outside the University. Moreover, in so far as employees make use of FDU computing resources to relay personal opinions, it is their obligation to make sure that no addressee can infer that their personal opinions are necessarily shared or authorized by the University, and they are obligated to clearly identify their opinions as their own and not those of the University.
  9. You agree not to create, alter, or delete any electronic information contained in any system that is not your own work.
  10. You agree not to create & send, or forward electronic chain mail letters. You agree not to attempt to alter or forge the “From” line or any other attribution of origin contained in electronic mail or postings. You agree not to use any of the University systems for sending what is commonly referred to as “SPAM” mail (unsolicited bulk email).
  11. You shall not use FDU computing resources as a means of obtaining unauthorized access to any other computing systems.
  12. FDU’s data storage, on University servers, hosted servers, third party storage or hosted storage, is an FDU computing resource with costs attached and should be used with care and discretion. It is not meant to be used for archiving programs and data not currently being used or for storage of files publicly available elsewhere. It is meant for current class work, research and development projects, business files and temporary storage of other files. Users shall attempt to keep their disk usage minimized and will refrain from maintaining duplicate copies of software already installed, or other files stored, on the system.
  13. Network addresses such as TCP/IP addresses and machine addresses are assigned by University Systems and Networking staff and may not be altered or otherwise assigned without the explicit permission of the Associate Vice President of Technology Infrastructure and CTO/CISO. In addition, no equipment may be attached to the network without the explicit permission of the the Associate Vice President of Technology Infrastructure and CTO/CISO.
  14. FDU’s computing resources are not to be used for the transmission of commercial or personal advertisements, solicitations, and promotions or for extended reproduction of political, ideological or commercial material originated by a person or organization. This includes but is not limited to the execution of revenue-generating advertising programs which pay users when the programs are run. The Associate Vice President of Technology Infrastructure and CTO/CISO may suspend this rule when it is in FDU’s best interest to permit such activity.
  15. Users may not contract with external Internet services, service providers or the like without the explicit approval of the Associate Vice President of Technology Infrastructure and CTO/CISO.
  16. Without the explicit permission of the Associate Vice President of Technology Infrastructure and CTO/CISO you agree not to run any of the following protocols or services:

    A. Port scanners, network monitors or other types of utilities that probe any other computer, be they inside or outside FDU’s network.
    B. Routing or network serving protocols such as RIP, IGRP, OOTP or DHCP on the network.
    C. Daemons, processes or programs that accept incoming connections, as a server would.
    D. Streaming media servers or any other server that broadcasts continuous data streams.
  17. FDU’s computing resources, including equipment,, network, services, and wiring may not be modified or extended beyond the areas of their intended use.
  18. Network connections may not be used to provide network access to anyone outside the University community or for any purposes other than those that are in direct support of the academic mission of the University.
  19. All computers connected to FDU’s network must run an operating system and configuration that is supported by its vendor with regard to security patches and updates, as well as antivirus software with current virus definitions. It is the user’s responsibility to keep their virus definitions up to date and to apply all critical operating system updates. For more information or questions email infosecurity@fdu.edu.
  20. Users may not alter the operating system or configuration of University owned computers without the explicit authorization of the Associate Vice President of Technology Infrastructure and CTO/CISO.

PERSONAL USE

Computing resources are created to support the instructional, research, and administrative activities of the University, and are the property of the University. Personal use of the University’s computing resources, except for students enrolled at the University , should be incidental and kept to a minimum. Use of such resources by an employee for other than work-related matters should be reasonable and limited so that it does not prevent the employee from attending to and completing work effectively and efficiently, does not incur additional cost to the University, and does not preclude others with work-related needs from using the resources, including the shared campus and Internet bandwidth.

Department Heads and other administrators may enact additional restrictions to further limit employees’ personal use of University computing resources. These restrictions may include but are not limited to: limiting time spent reading or writing personal email or visiting web pages, and limitations on acceptable content due to the possible exposure of screens to other individuals. Human Resources must be consulted, in advance, about any proposed restrictions.

SECURITY

Users should use any available methods to safeguard their data, including regular changes of passwords, making duplicates of files, and encrypting sensitive data. In the event that files have been corrupted as a result of intrusion, you should notify a system administrator immediately. Please note that FDU’s computing resources are not completely secure. It is possible that others will be able to access files by exploiting shortcomings in system security. For this and other reasons, FDU cannot assure confidentiality of files and other transmissions.

Information Systems and Technology (“IST”) and each of its departments attempt to provide reasonable security against damage to files stored on FDU’s computing resources by filtering all outgoing and incoming electronic mail for viruses and junk mail and making regular backups of systems. In connection with the University’s migration to Office 365, the University adopted a policy of retaining copy of each fdu.edu email for three (3) years. This means, regardless of individual user action, the University will maintain a copy of all email traffic for a period of 3 years.

In the event of lost or damaged files, a reasonable attempt will be made to recover the information; however, the University and the University Information Technology staff cannot guarantee recovery of the data or loss of data due to media failure, floods, fires, etc.

University Systems and Networking and each of its departments will make reasonable attempts to provide error-free hardware and software on our computing resources, however, it is not possible to guarantee this, and information provided by staff members is not guaranteed to be correct.

PRIVACY

Users should exercise caution when storing any confidential information in electronic format, because the privacy of such information cannot be guaranteed. User(s) must be aware that any personal files, including e-mail, maintained on University computing resources are University property and are subject to University storage, retrieval and review. Users of the University’s computing resources are hereby informed that they have no justified expectation of privacy in material processed, sent, or stored on or through the systems, and that the consent of the user to give access to his or her electronic documents is a condition precedent to the user’s use of University’s computer resources.

Even though the electronic data transmitted by or stored on University equipment is the property of the University, the IST staff will not normally log into another user account or access user’s files unless specifically granted permission by the user, or as otherwise permitted under this Policy. Student staff should avoid situations where helping another student or a faculty member would give them access to data relevant to a course that the student staff person is currently taking.

Exceptions to this practice are made under certain circumstances. These include: system backups, which access all files in a user’s account; software upgrades which may require editing startup files in a user’s account; diagnostic and trouble-shooting activities, which may, for example, require viewing the address headers of e-mail messages to determine the cause of problems; and keystroke monitoring of sessions to determine inappropriate use of the computing facilities. Another exception is a suspected violation of the tenets in this policy, the Student, Faculty, or Employee Handbooks, University employment policies, rules or practices or local, state or federal law, or as required by court order. In such situation(s), University computer resources in the possession of a user, or otherwise assigned to an individual, may be accessed, reviewed, duplicated and/or stored for later review by appropriate personnel without the user’s permission or knowledge.

Because employees are granted access to and use of FDU’s computing resources to conduct University business, the University reserves the right to access electronic mail messages left on or transmitted through the University’s computing resources. Employees should not assume that such messages are private and confidential or that the University or its designated representatives will not have a need to access and review this information. Individuals using the University’s computing resources should also have no expectation that any information stored on the University’s computing resources, whether the information is contained on a computer hard drive, computer disks, University or third party server or in any other manner, will be private.

In the event that user files need to be copied or viewed for reasons other than security, diagnostic, system backup or in compliance with law enforcement, or internal investigations authorized by the Associate Vice President of Human Resources and the General Counsel, University Systems and Networking staff may attempt to inform the user of this access.

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) binds all users who have access to student data. Its application relevant to this Acceptable Use Policy centers on a student’s right to consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information. FERPA does permit certain information to be released without consent and this information is referred to as “Directory information”. To find out specifically what information you may or may not give out and to whom, you must contact the respective Dean of Students office.

POLICY VIOLATIONS

Policy violations should be reported immediately to any one of the individuals listed in Appendix 1.

Violations of this policy will be dealt with as described in the Student, Faculty and/or Employee Handbooks, any relevant contracts, and possibly State and/or Federal law or regulations. University students and employees who violate this Policy will be met with appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, expulsion or termination from the University. Third parties who violate this Policy may have their relationship with the University terminated and their access to campus restricted. In addition, a user’s system privileges can be suspended for a specified time period or revoked and/or a monetary fine may be imposed on those in violation to reimburse the University for the staff time and other costs of investigating and rectifying the violation.

The University reserves the right to suspend computing resource privileges while investigating a complaint or troubleshooting a system or network problem.

This policy is subject to revision. Comments and suggestions are welcome and should be sent to Neal Sturm, Vice president & Chief Information Officer, mailstop M-DB2-01, or neal_sturm@fdu.edu.

This document will be reviewed semi-annually and is available both electronically and in printed form at each of the Campus Computing Centers.

It is the user’s responsibility to remain informed about the contents of this document.

Contacts

Neal Sturm
Vice president & Chief Information Officer
Mailstop M-DB2-01 973-443-8689 neal_sturm@fdu.edu

Saul Kleinman
Associate Vice President of Management Information Systems
Mailstop T-BH2-03 201-692-2065 saul@fdu.edu

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Availability and Use of Google Apps

Resources for: Faculty Staff
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Effective Date: April 1st, 2021

I. Objective

Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) has adopted and standardized use of the Microsoft Office 365 Suite of products for University business. Some external entities, however, that conduct business with University employees utilize the Google Suite of products. This policy stipulates which Google applications will be made available to faculty and staff (not students) to enable collaboration with these external entities to conduct University business.

II. Purpose

Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) has adopted and standardized use of the Microsoft Office 365 Suite of products for University business. However, it is recognized that not all entities use Microsoft Office 365 as their platform and, from time to time, FDU faculty and staff may need the ability to collaborate with external entities that may be using the Google Suite of products. This policy stipulates which Google applications will be made available to faculty and staff to enable collaboration with these external entities.

  • Faculty and staff are reminded that in accordance with the University’s WISP policy, WISP protected data must not be stored or transmitted through any service, without the prior written authorization from the University Chief Information Security Officer.
  • As stated in the “Policy for Acceptable Use for Email”, Google Gmail is not available for use. All University business must be conducted through an FDU email account on Microsoft Office 365.
  • Faculty and staff may not use, or attempt to use, Google apps as a method of collaboration with students, faculty or staff. This FDU Policy on the Availability and use of Google Apps is expressly for the use with external entities only.
  • This Policy on the Availability and use of Google Apps applies only to use of Google applications by faculty and staff, and not FDU students.
  • Microsoft Office 365 is the only FDU supported platform for email and collaboration.
  • Google Apps are not supported by FDU IT personnel.

III. Scope

This policy applies to all FDU faculty and staff, wherever located throughout the world. Students will NOT have access to the fdu.edu Google Apps suite of products.

IV. Data Security Coordinator

The University has designated the Chief Information Security Officer, working together with the Data Security Information Response Team (DSIRT) and the USAN Director of Systems, to implement, supervise and maintain this Policy.

V. Internal Risks

To combat internal risks to the security, confidentiality, and integrity of any electronic, paper or other records, adherence to this Policy and the WISP will be strictly enforced.

VI. External Risks

To combat external internal risks to the security, confidentiality, and integrity of any electronic, paper or other records, adherence to this policy and the WISP will be strictly enforced.

VII. In Case of Questions

Questions regarding the availability of Google Apps can be directed to the University Technical Assistance Center (“UTAC”) at (973)-443-8822. The UTAC is available 24×7.

  • Please note that the UTAC is not able to provide application support on the Google suite of products.

VIII. Other Applicable Policies

IX. Exceptions

Requests for exceptions to this Policy should be directed in writing to the Chief Information Security Officer via The University Technical Assistance Center (“UTAC”) at 973-443-8822. Only the Chief Information Security Officer, in consultation with the DSIRT and the USAN Director of Systems, may grant such exceptions and will do so only after careful review and in writing.

X. Appendix

X1.1 Google Apps Available to Faculty and Staff

Note

These applications may only be used in collaboration with outside entities who use Google applications as their sole source of collaboration and request the use of any one of these application for official FDU business use. Any other use of these applications by FDU faculty and staff is a violation of this Policy.

Services Descriptions
AssignmentsAssignments brings together the capabilities of Google Docs, Drive and Search into a tool for collecting and grading student work.
CalendarGoogle Calendar is a web-based tool for personal scheduling and calendar sharing. It can be accessed through either a Web browser or through a third-party calendar client.
ClassroomGoogle Classroom enables teachers to create an online classroom area in which they can manage all the documents that their students need.
Drive and DocsGoogle Docs is an online word processor that lets you create and format text documents and collaborate with other people in real time. Google Drive on the web lets you store, access, and edit your files anywhere — on the web, on your hard drive, or on the go.
Google MeetGoogle Meet enables conversations with photos, emoji, group video calls for free. You can connect across computers, Android and Apple devices.
Google VaultVault is an information governance and eDiscovery tool for Google Workspace. With Vault, you can retain, hold, search, and export users’ Google Workspace data.
Groups for BusinessGoogle Groups for Business is an extended service available for G Suite users that allows you and other members in your organization to access the main Google Groups interface located at groups.google.com.
JamboardGoogle Jamboard is an online, collaborative whiteboarding application that lets you create, edit, and collaborate with other people in real time. Google Jamboard applications can be accessed on the Web, Android, and iOS.
KeepGoogle Keep is a note-taking service included as part of the free, web-based Google Docs Editors suite offered by Google
TasksGoogle Tasks is a simple to-do list—but with lists, subtasks, and mobile notifications, it has the basics you need to stay productive and keep track of the most important things you need to do.
Applied Digital SkillsApplied Digital Skills is a free, flexible video-based curriculum that prepares students for the growing number of jobs that require basic digital skills, such as email and spreadsheets.
Google Ad ManagerGoogle Ad Manager is an ad exchange platform introduced by Google on June 27, 2018. It combines the features of two former services from Google’s DoubleClick subsidiary, DoubleClick for Publishers and DoubleClick Ad Exchange.
Google AdsGoogle Ads is Google’s online advertising program. Through Google Ads, you can create online ads to reach people exactly when they’re interested in the products and services that you offer
Google AdSenseGoogle AdSense is an advertising program launched by Google in 2003 that allows website publishers to display targeted text, video, or image advertisements on website pages.
Google AlertsGoogle Alerts is a tool that allows you to track your chosen keywords and phrases so that you never miss another important conversation.
Google AnalyticsGoogle Analytics generates detailed statistics about a website’s traffic and traffic sources and measures conversions and sales
Google Cloud PlatformGoogle Cloud Platform is a suite of public cloud computing services offered by Google. The platform includes a range of hosted services for compute, storage and application development that run on Google hardware.
Google Cloud PrintGoogle Cloud Print is a web service offered by Google. Users associate printers with their Google Account.
Google Data StudioData Studio is Google’s reporting solution for power users who want to go beyond the data and dashboards of Google Analytics.
Google EarthGoogle Earth is the most photorealistic, digital version of our planet.
Google My MapsGoogle My Maps is your way to keep track of the places that matter to you.
Google PaymentsGoogle Pay (stylized as G Pay; formerly Pay with Google and Android Pay) is a digital wallet platform and online payment system developed by Google to power in-app and tap-to-pay purchases on mobile devices, enabling users to make payments with Android phones, tablets or watches.
Google PlayIn Google Play, the app description is split into two fields: Short Description, a limited 80 characters preview field and. the Full Description field, giving you space for an up to 4000 characters long app description.
Google Play ConsoleGoogle App Store
Google Search ConsoleThe Search Console lets you, as a webmaster, check on the status of the indexing Google does on your site, helping you to optimize your page visibility in Google search results. Get data, tools and diagnostics for a healthy, Google-friendly site.
Google TakeoutGoogle Takeout is a service that allows users of Google products, such as YouTube, Gmail, etc., to export their data to a downloadable ZIP file.
Managed Google PlayManaged Google Play Managed Google Play is a version of Google Play that’s optimized for enterprises.
Material GalleryMaterial Gallery is a collaborative tool for uploading design work, getting feedback, and tracking revisions – quickly and efficiently.
Partner DashPartner Dash is a service that hosts several applications used by Google’s partners to manage their relationships with us. Some of these applications are invite-only, while others are publicly available to anyone logged in with a Google Account.
Scholar ProfilesThe Google Scholar Profile search pane in Publish or Perish allows you to look up a Google Scholar profile and analyze the associated publication metrics.
Search And AssistantGoogle Assistant is Google’s artificial intelligence-powered voice assistant, which grew out of Google Now.

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Due to the increasing demand of the academic computer facilities, a general document detailing the policies for computer lab reservations has been outlined. The purpose of the computer lab reservation policy is to provide faculty, staff and students with equitable access to campus computing lab resources. Most computer labs are used as classrooms and they are available for open-access use when there are no classes in session.

  1. There are currently four Computing Services computer labs which can be used for classroom instruction on each campus. They are: D206, D207, D208, and D209 located in the Dreyfuss Building on the Florham Campus. The computer labs located on the Metropolitan Campus are: DH2163 and DH2164 in Dickinson Hall and UH Front Lab (UH22) and UH Back Lab (UH28) in University Hall. Also, there are three multimedia labs; two on the Florham campus and one on the Metropolitan campus. The multimedia labs for the Florham Campus are: D211-Animation Lab and ZEN110 – Graphic Design Lab) located in the Dreyfuss and ZEN Buildings. On the Metropolitan campus, the multimedia lab (MML) is located in Becton Hall Room 403. The multimedia labs are primarily used for courses offered by the FDU School of Arts. All labs used for classroom instruction and general use are equipped with a LaserJet printer and data projector. The Animation Lab is equipped with 3-D printers. All multimedia labs are equipped with ZOOM capability to support hybrid instruction.
  2. To reserve a computer lab, a faculty or staff member must submit a Lab Reservation Request, preferably prior to the start of a semester. This form must be submitted by the instructor who will be teaching the course or department personnel. The Computer Lab Reservation Request form is available online at: Forms.fdu.edu. This form must be filled out completely and accurately to prevent processing delays.
  3. Requests for the entire semester are processed on a first come first serve basis. These requests are processed by the Scheduling Officers in the Enrollment Services department.
  4. Requests for specific dates during the semester are processed on a first come first serve basis. These requests are processed by the Lab & Operations Manager in the Computing Services department. If all labs are occupied during the requested time, instructors will be asked to either choose a different date or time or plan to make arrangements with other instructors who have the lab reserved during that time. If an agreement cannot be reached between the instructors, the instructor requesting to use the lab should then approach the Dean of their department with the request. If the Dean is not able resolve the issue, the request should be taken to the Campus Executive for the final decision.
  5. Confirmations will be emailed to the departments or individual instructors making the request. Requests made during the semester will be confirmed based on the preference selected by the requestor on the Lab Reservation Request Form.  The processing time for all lab requests made during a semester is one week.  Please keep this in mind when submitting your lab reservation requests.  To ensure you receive your confirmation in time, submit your reservation one week or more prior to the day the lab is needed.  For instructions on How to Reserve a Computer Lab, please see the article listed below.
  6. Any changes made to the original request in day, time, or location will be treated as a new request.
  7. The requestor is responsible for enforcing all lab rules during the time the lab is scheduled. If a student or faculty member is violating lab rules, the lab assistants have the right to approach the individual at that time.  To prevent interruption during class time, we stress that the lab rules be adhered to by all occupants including faculty and staff.
  8. Faculty and staff who have reserved a lab are responsible for notifying the Lab & Operations Manager if the course or the request has been cancelled. This will allow the Computing Services department to keep an updated and accurate schedule.
  9. If a scheduled class is absent for three consecutive weeks without prior notification, the lab reservation will be cancelled, and future reservations will be subject to further questioning before a confirmation is received.

If you have any questions regarding the lab reservation policy, please contact Lauren Elgin via email at: lauren@fdu.edu.

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Confidentiality Agreement and Security Policy

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Select employees of Fairleigh Dickinson University may be required to engage with confidential University data.

The FDU Confidentiality Agreement and Security Policy defines your obligations under Federal and State guidelines to preserve the security and confidentiality of this information.

Confidentiality Agreement and Security Policy

Fairleigh Dickinson University regards security and confidentiality of data and information to be of utmost importance. Each individual granted access to electronic and/or hard copy data holds a position of trust and must preserve the security and confidentiality of the information to which he/she is granted access to. Therefore, it is the intent of this policy to ensure that University data, in any format, is not divulged outside of Fairleigh Dickinson University without explicit approval to do so by an Associate Vice-President of the University or higher who has responsibility for the data in question. As such, the University requires all users of data to follow the procedures outlined below:

Policy on Confidential Information

Users of University data are required to abide by all applicable Federal and State guidelines and University policies regarding confidentiality of data, including the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”) and, as applicable, The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”). For more information, see FERPA and HIPAA).

Confidential Information shall be defined as:

  • regarding student, faculty or staff: any personally-identifiable records, financial records (including social security and credit card numbers), health records; contracts, research data; alumni and donor records; personnel records other than an individual’s own personnel record;
  • regarding the University: University financial data; computer and system passwords, University issued PINS, University proprietary information/data; and
  • any other information for which access, use, or disclosure is not authorized by: 1) federal, state, or local law; or 2) University policy.

The individual receiving the Confidential Information shall have no obligation under this Policy with respect to Confidential Information which:

  • is or becomes publicly available without breach of this Policy by the recipient;
  • is rightfully received by the recipient without obligations of confidentiality; or
  • is developed by the recipient without breach of this Policy; provided, however, such Confidential Information shall not be disclosed until thirty (30) days after written notice of intent to disclose is given to the University officer who has responsibility for the data in question, along with the asserted grounds for disclosure;
  • is disclosed in accordance with any “whistle blower” action as provided in the U.S. False Claims Act, the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act (“NJCEPA”), or similar legislation. (Brief overview of the NJCEPA is available at here.

Any individual with authorized access to the Confidential Information is given access solely for the business of the University and must not divulge the Confidential Information outside of the University except for University business requirements approved by the President of the University or the division head responsible for the data in question. Specifically, with respect to Confidential Information, individuals must:

  1. Access Confidential Information solely in order to perform his/her job responsibilities.
  2. Not seek personal benefit or permit others to benefit personally from any Confidential Information that has come to them throughout their work assignments.
  3. Not make or permit unauthorized use of any Confidential Information in the University’s information system or other records.
  4. Not enter, change, delete or add data to any information system or files outside of the scope of their job responsibilities.
  5. Not include or cause to be included in any record or report, a false, inaccurate or misleading entry known to the user as such.
  6. Not alter or delete or cause to be altered or deleted from any records, report or information system, a true and correct entry.
  7. Not release Confidential Information other than what is required in completion of job responsibilities which is consistent with this Policy.
  8. Not exhibit or divulge the contents of any record, file or information system to any person unless it is necessary for the completion of their job responsibilities.

It is the individual’s responsibility to immediately report, as outlined under “Information Security Breech and Violation Reporting” at the end of this Policy, if the individual has violated this Policy. Additionally, given the potential harm that the University may suffer with the release of any Confidential Information, all employees are strongly encouraged to report any suspected violation of this policy or any other action, which violates confidentiality of data, as outlined at the end of this policy.

Security Measures and Procedures

All users of University information systems, including Datatel, MS File shares and FDU Office 365 email accounts, are supplied with an individual user account to access the data or systems necessary for the completion of their job responsibilities. Users of the University information systems are required to follow the procedures outlined below:

  1. All transactions, processed by a user ID and password, or PIN, are the responsibility of the person to whom the user ID was assigned. The user’s ID, password, and PIN must remain confidential and must not be shared with anyone.

• Using someone else’s user ID, password or PIN is a violation of policy, no matter how it was obtained.

• Your user ID, password or PIN provides access to information that has been granted specifically to you. To reduce the risk of shared passwords – remember not to post your password or PIN on or near your workstation or share your password or PIN with anyone.

• It is your responsibility to change your password immediately if you believe someone else has obtained it.

Note: If you need your Password or PIN changed, please contact the University Technical Assistance Center (UTAC) 973-443-8822 immediately.

  1. Access to any student or employee information (in any format) is to be determined based on specific job requirements. The appropriate Department Chair, School Director, Department Director/Manager, Dean, Provost, and/or Vice President is responsible for ensuring that access is granted only to authorized individuals, based on their job responsibilities. Written authorization must be received by the Computer Center prior to granting system access.

You are prohibited from viewing or accessing additional information (in any format) unless you have been authorized to do so. Any access obtained without written authorization is considered unauthorized access.

In order to prevent unauthorized use, the user shall log off of all applications that provide access to confidential information, or lock their computer when leaving their workstation. This is especially important during breaks and lunch. Unless there is a specific business need, all workstations should be shut down at the end of the workday.

Note: If you require assistance in establishing your workstation password, please access the screensaver documentation or contact the University Technical Assistance Center (UTAC) at 973-443-8822.

  1. If you have any reason to believe your password or PIN has been compromised or revealed inadvertently, you should change your password and immediately notify one of the individuals as outlined under “Information Security Breech and Violation Reporting” at the end of this policy.

Note: All University’s computer system will periodically prompt you to change your password.

  1. Upon termination or transfer of an employee, Human Resources will notify University Systems and Security, who in turn will notify the appropriate areas in the Computer Center.
  1. Generally, students, temporary employees and consultants should not have access to the University record system. Written approval by the Department Chair, School Director, Department Director/Manager, Dean, Provost, and/or Vice President in charge of the respective area is required if it is determined that access is required. The student, temporary employee or consultant is to be held to the same standards as all University employees, and must be made aware of their responsibilities to protect student and employee privacy rights and data integrity. Written authorization must be received by the Computer Center prior to granting system access.
  1. You agree to properly secure and dispose of any outputs or files you create in a manner that fully protects the Confidential Information.

Additionally, I understand that if granted access to process transactions via Datatel data entry screens, any information I enter or change will be effective immediately. Accordingly, I understand that I am responsible for any changes made using my ID.

I understand that my access to University data is for the sole purpose of carrying out my job responsibilities and Confidential Information is not to be divulged outside of The University, except as previously stated.  Breach of confidentiality, including aiding, abetting, or acting in conspiracy with any other person to violate any part of this policy, may result in sanctions, civil or criminal prosecution and penalties, employment and/or University disciplinary action, and could lead to dismissal, suspension or revocation of all access privileges. I understand that misuse of University data and any violation of this policy or the FERPA, HIPAA or GLB policies are grounds for disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal.  This Agreement shall not abridge nor supersede any rights afforded faculty members under the Faculty Handbook.

Information Security Breech and/or Policy Violation Reporting

If you suspect an Information Security Data Breech or a violation of this policy, report such an event to your department chair or staff supervisor and send an immediate email to violation@fdu.edu. If you do not have immediate access to email, contact the University Technical Assistance Center (UTAC) at 973-443-8822; do not provide details but request a ticket be opened with University Systems & Security due to a information security data breech or policy violation requesting an immediate callback. When practical, also send an email to violation@fdu.edu.


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Fairleigh Dickinson University vigorously enforces United States copyright law. When utilizing the FDU Local Area Network or FDU provided Internet Access, you are required to adhere to all existing US copyright laws.

To view the full statement of law, please visit:

Failure to comply with this document can result in FDU disciplinary action as well as civil and criminal penalties.

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I. OBJECTIVE

In an effort to maintain the reputation, security, continuity, and technical oversight of university assets considered part of our overall catalog of services, the Office of Information and Resource Technology is issuing a new policy concerning domain names affiliated with Fairleigh Dickinson University. Affiliation with FDU is determined by OIRT in conjunction with the Offices of General Counsel and Communications and Marketing.

II. POLICY

All domain registrations that have an affiliation with the University must be registered through OIRT. An affiliation is defined as a domain that identifies the University as part of its naming nomenclature and houses content specific to the University or any function, whether administrative, academic, or student related to the University. To request a new domain, please complete the Domain Registry Form at forms.fdu.edu or email your questions to domainregistrar@fdu.edu.

In addition to the domain registration, ongoing certification renewals and any backend technical configurations will be managed by OIRT. All costs associated with the domain will be charged back to the department.

Any department that today independently manages/operates a University domain as defined above or has obtained a domain with any affiliation with FDU must notify OIRT of the existence of that domain so ownership can be moved over to OIRT management. Please contact OIRT by sending all available information to domainregister@fdu.edu. A member of OIRT will work with the department to move the ownership over properly.All content of any domain, as well as plug-ins or any other functionality of the domain, will be reviewed by OIRT, but are the responsibility of the individual departments.

III. IN CASE OF QUESTIONS

All questions relating to the Domain Registration Policy can be addressed to the VP & CIO of Fairleigh Dickinson University.


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Last Revised: June 1, 2017
Prior Revision: August 1, 2016

I. POLICY STATEMENT

FDU has implemented the FDU Alert system to expand and enhance its emergency notification methods. In the event of an emergency, FDU Alert may be used to provide pertinent information and instructions to FDU students, faculty and staff through voice, text messaging and/or E-mail. FDU Alert uses the a mass notification system that sends emergency messages instantly and simultaneously to registered mobile phones, wireless devices and E-mail addresses.

Reason For Policy

This policy establishes the proper use and testing of the FDU Alert Emergency Notification System (FDU Alert).

Who Should Read This Policy

Members of the University Community including Students, Faculty, Staff, as well as all other individuals who have been registered to receive FDU Alert emergency notifications.

Website Address For This Policy

The website for this policy as well as other related FDU Alert information can be found at the following URL or by clicking on Web Shortcuts on the top right of the FDU Homepage.

II. DEFINITIONS

These definitions apply to these terms as they are used in this policy.

EmergencyA sudden unforeseen crisis, usually involving danger, which requires immediate action.
FDU Alert SystemThe University’s emergency notification system is designed to alert, warn and inform registered members of the University Community of what to do in case of an emergency, a disaster, a crisis or any other situation that affects the FDU community. For example, receiving these alerts and messages could keep you from driving to campus only to find that a power failure has closed the campus.
FDU Alert AuthorizerIndividual who has the authority to assess an emergency and activate the FDU Alert Emergency Notification System; this individual is authorized to contact an authorized Sender.
FDU Alert SenderIndividual who has been trained and is authorized to facilitate the actual sending of an Emergency Notification message.
CrisisAn unstable event or situation of extreme danger or difficulty, which is often sudden or unexpected, that disrupts the normal operations of the institution or its educational mission and threatens the well-being of personnel, property, financial resources and/or the reputation of the institution.
Timely WarningRefers to the need to provide timely notification to the University Community after it is determined there is a credible threat to campus persons or property or when information is considered vital to the University community.
SMSRefers to the Text Messaging method of FDU Alert delivery.
FDU Alert SpokespersonAn individual may be identified to respond to, and act as University spokesperson, to inquiries by students, faculty, staff, parents and others about an FDU Alert. Inquiries may be forwarded to the FDU Alert Spokesperson via the special call forwarding alert hotline.

III. OVERVIEW

Any time that an emergency situation arises, either on campus or in the immediate area of the campus, that in the judgment of an FDU Alert Authorizer poses an ongoing or continuing threat to the campus community, a campus “Timely Warning” will be issued. This warning may be issued through the FDU Alert system by one, all, or a combination of the following delivery methods.

  • Voice mail or telephone notification
  • E-mail
  • Posted on the University website
  • Posted notices
  • Public address announcements
  • Direct contact with individuals

Whenever possible, the FDU Alert Authorizer will consult with the Campus Director of Public Safety, the Campus Executive, or another Authorizer prior to using FDU Alert messaging capabilities.

In an emergency, and upon activation by Authorizers and Senders, FDU Alert will send notifications to registered individuals at one, some, or all of the following registered points of delivery.

  • Work Phone
  • FDU E-mail
  • Cell Phone
  • SMS (Text Message)
  • Alternate E-mail
  • Home Phone
  • Parent/Significant Other E-mail
  • Parent/Significant Other Phone
  • Parent/Significant Other SMS (Text Message)
  • Parent/Significant Other Cell Phone

To provide the safest possible environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors to FDU campuses, the University will strive to provide timely, reliable notifications by all possible means in the event of emergency. Generally, an emergency is any incident that involves the possibility of death, serious injury, or the threat of death or serious injury to people, or to University facilities, materials or property.

Fairleigh Dickinson University uses a variety of methods to provide emergency and safety information, including mass notification systems, web pages, door-to-door assistance from on-site staff and Residence Hall assistants, over-the-air broadcasts, and a consolidated communications system. Collectively, these capabilities are called “FDU-Alert”. (1)

The communication system permits broadcast messages to be sent quickly as voice calls to office, local home, or cell phones, and as text messages to cell phones or University and external E-mail accounts. This system will be used to announce and provide guidance in an emergency or crisis and to communicate relevant critical updates.

If an emergency occurs near but not on an FDU campus, and in other situations in which emergency responders determine and report that no apparent or imminent threat to that campus exists, an advisory may be posted on informational web sites, E-mails, or text messages only. In these cases, you may not receive an emergency notification directly to your phone.

University administration or individual campuses may, as an authorizer deems appropriate, use the communications system for other urgent messages related to administration or operation, such as campus closings due to adverse weather, unusual situations, or utility outages.


(1) More information about these services, as well as current emergency status or preparedness information for FDU, is planned for availability on the University’s emergency preparedness website once established.

IIII. POLICY

Proper Use of FDU Alert

FDU Alert is offered not to replace but to augment existing emergency notification methods, which include: University-wide broadcast E-mails, online updates via web and coordinated use of public media outlets, fire alarms, public address systems, and signs.

Any time that a serious situation arises either on campus or in the immediate area of the campus that in the judgment of the campus Director of Public Safety, and whenever possible, in consultation with the Campus Executive poses an ongoing or continuing threat to the campus community, a campus “Timely Warning” will be issued. This warning may be issued through the FDU Alert system, voice mail or telephone notification, E-mail, posted on the University website, posted notices, public address announcements, and direct contact with individuals.

If, in the opinion of the local law enforcement authority, a message would hinder the police response or investigation and the local law enforcement authority has requested that we not send out a message, no message may be sent without the specific authorization of the President, University Provost, Sr. V.P. for Finance & Administration, or FDU legal counsel.

Limited Use of FDU Alert

Although the use of other emergency notification method(s) will be determined on a case-by-case basis, FDU Alert should only be used in the following situations:

(1) an imminent threat of physical danger to the campus community;

(2) a campus closure; and

(3) certain Campus Crime Alerts as determined by Public Safety;

(4) off-campus events that could impact health, safety, life or access to a campus.

The above situations can include but are not limited to ongoing criminal incidents, fires, chemical leaks, pandemics, campus-wide utility failures (such as gas, electrical, or water), and extreme weather conditions that result in a campus closure (e.g. snow/ice storms) or pose an imminent threat of physical danger to the campus community (e.g. tornado within close proximity to campus).

FDU Alert Authorizers

Only the people in the following positions have the authority to activate the FDU Alert emergency message system and author an appropriate message:

  • President of the University
  • University Provost & Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Senior Vice President for Finance & Administration
  • Campus Executives
  • Deputy Campus Executive, Metropolitan Campus
  • Associate Vice President for Communications
  • Executive Director of Communications and News
  • Director of Public Safety, Florham Campus
  • Assistant Director, Public Safety, Florham Campus
  • Director of Public Safety, Metropolitan Campus
  • Campus Investigator, Public Safety, Metropolitan Campus
  • Campus Executive, Vancouver Campus
  • Business Manager, Vancouver Campus

FDU Alert Authorizers (“Authorizers”) have the authority to activate the system without consulting other Authorizers; however, when circumstances permit, an Authorizer should consult with at least one other Authorizer before sending a message.

FDU Alert Authorizer Responsibilities

Responsibility of Creating FDU Alert Messages

Authorizers have the responsibility to write and disseminate the appropriate message to be sent by Sender. For consistency, simplicity, and to minimize confusion, whenever possible, the Authorizer should base the message on one of the sample alert messages included in the Standard Operating Procedures manual.

This responsibility carries forward to writing and disseminating subsequent messages that must be sent to keep the recipients apprised of the status of the emergency event through to the conclusion of the emergency event with the transmission of an “All Clear-Resume Normal Schedule” message.

In the event more than thirty (30) minutes has passed while an emergency event is in progress, and there is no new information to communicate, the Authorizer should write a message(s) stating that the status of the emergency event remains the same, e.g., “Investigation continues, will communicate updates as new information becomes available.”

Messages should be written to support text to speech. Minimum or preferably no use of abbreviations and acronyms should be used. All messages must include an appropriate lead-in, for example, “!!FDU Florham Emergency Alert!!,” which includes where appropriate, the campus affected. Examples of these lead-in statements are included with the sample messages in the FDU Alert Confidential Operations Manual.

Responsibility of Authorizer to Prepare Additional Information

Alert Notifications and Updates Published via the FDU Website

Text Messaging (SMS) capability has a message character limit that precludes long and detailed messages. Detailed messages and updates regarding the FDU Alert can be made available on the University Website. Should it be necessary or appropriate to post additional information on the FDU website, it is the responsibility of the Authorizer to work with the Associate Vice President for Communications & Marketing or designee, to prepare and post the information on the University website in a timely manner. As this information will have wide and general exposure, it is critical to ensure that the information is current, correct, adequate, and consistent with the University messaging strategy.

It is the responsibility of the Authorizer, or designee as assigned by the Authorizer and the Associate Vice President for Communications & Marketing or designee, to keep vigil over the messaging to ensure accuracy and timeliness and message removal upon event termination.

FDU Alert Voicemail Box (Answer Only Voicemail Box)

Two FDU Alert Voicemail Boxes (one for each primary New Jersey campus) are available in order to provide the community with detailed information via a pre-recorded announcement regarding the FDU Alert. Should it be necessary or appropriate to post an additional information announcement on the FDU Alert Voicemail Box, it is the responsibility of the Authorizer to work with the Associate Vice President for Communications & Marketing or designee, to prepare, record, and post the announcement in the FDU Alert Voicemail Box in a timely manner. Because this information will have wide and general exposure, it is critical to ensure that the information is current, correct, adequate, and consistent with the University messaging strategy.

Requests for information or updates regarding the FDU Alert should be directed to the affected campus FDU Alert Voicemail Box.

  • Metropolitan Campus: 201-692-7000
  • Florham Campus: 973-443-8000

No voice mails can be left on the FDU Alert Voicemail Box. It is answer only.

The default message in the FDU Alert Voicemail Boxes will be “All University Operations Are Normal”

General telephone inquiries to the switchboard regarding the FDU Alert should be transferred to the appropriate FDU Alert Voicemail Box. Caller expectations can be managed by using phraseology such as “The latest and most current information regarding the FDU Alert is available on the FDU Alert Voicemail Box. Please hold while I connect you to this important informational announcement” in advance of the transfer.

It is the responsibility of the Authorizer, or designee as assigned by the Authorizer and the Associate Vice President for Communications & Marketing, to keep vigil over the messaging to ensure accuracy and timeliness and message removal upon event termination.

FDU Alert Spokesperson to Other Inquiries

FDU Alerts will stimulate telephone inquiries to the switchboard, Residence Life, Public Safety, Enrollment Services & other key offices. Callers should be directed to the University mailbox for announcements and updates. In the unusual event where it is determined to be necessary to have a Spokesperson available for call handling, callers will be directed to a special hotline with ultra-call forwarding setup to transfer to the FDU Alert Spokesperson.

The FDU Alert Spokesperson is an individual identified by the FDU emergency response teams to respond to inquiries by students, faculty, staff, parents, and others about an FDU Alert. Inquiries will be forwarded via the special call forwarding alert hotline.

The following are attributes for The FDU Alert Spokesperson:

  • Must provide contact information (and back up) to the switchboard and emergency management teams
  • Must be available to take calls continuously throughout the emergency (2)
  • Must be aware of the event and current activities and commentable actions
  • Must be media aware
  • Must have the power to speak to the event with autonomy and authority

Emergency Event Status Reports on the FDU Website

The FDU Website Homepage provides an FDU Alert Icon under Web Shortcuts that links to a dedicated webpage containing information on the current status of the University’s operations. As referenced above in Section 4.3.1.3, in the event there is an emergency, the Authorizer will work with the Associate Vice President for Communications and Marketing or designee to prepare and post a message providing current information concerning the emergency event and the status of the University’s operations, which will be posted on the operations status page.

FDU Alert Senders

FDU Alert Senders (“Senders”), upon the request of Authorizer(s), have the authority to activate the system, enter messages under the direction of the FDU Alert Authorizer(s), and initiate the send message process. All FDU Alert Senders are provided with appropriate access to the secured FDU Alert emergency notification system and necessary training.

Sender names and contact information are included in the FDU Alert Operations Manual.

FDU Alert Sender Responsibilities

Senders are required to respond to Authorizer requests to facilitate the timely activation of the FDU Alert System. Senders acknowledge that time may be of the essence and will fulfill the request or immediately notify another Sender to fulfill the request. The transfer of such transfer of control requires Authorizer and/or emergency response team acknowledgment.

FDU Alert Senders will advise the FDU Alert Authorizer(s) when the message send process has been initiated and the sender can confirm delivery of such messaging.


(2) A special phone number with Remote Call Forwarding will be utilized for this purpose.

Message Content

Any message sent using FDU Alert should be as brief as possible and should, if appropriate, typically contain the following information:

  • The reason for the message;
  • Any response required;
  • Location (campus) of event;
  • The duration of the emergency and any relevant dates and times;
  • Methods to obtain further information; and

When circumstances permit, before sending a message, Authorized Senders should consult with the relevant University administrator(s) regarding message content.

Because text messages may have a single message size limitation depending on the recipient’s device, they should be limited to 160 characters. While brevity and abbreviations will reduce a message size, care must be taken to ensure that all messages are brief, concise, accurate, and understandable. Sample messages are included in the FDU Alert Confidential Operations Manual.

After Message Review

After a message is sent using FDU ALERT, the Authorized Senders and the Campus Emergency Management Team will meet as appropriate to discuss the emergency, the results of the alert, and compliance with the FDU Alert Policy.

FDU Alert System Testing

System Wide Delivery Testing

Once every Fall and Spring semester, a live test of the FDU Alert system will be conducted. During the test, one or more messages will be transmitted to every individual registered in the system using every delivery method for each point of contact (phone, e-mail, SMS, etc.) The FDU Alert message(s) sent during the test will clearly state “THIS IS A TEST,” so that it is clear that there is no actual emergency.

FDU Alert Senders

At least once per calendar month, FDU Alert senders will test the FDU Alert system by sending themselves a test message. The message sent during this test will clearly state “THIS IS A TEST BY AUTHORIZED SENDER,” so that it is clear that there is no actual emergency.

Service Provisioning

Regular Reminders to University Community to Register/Update FDU Alert Individual Database Record

The effectiveness of any alert system depends upon the accuracy of the contact information in its database. All students, faculty, and staff will therefore receive notices/reminders prior to the semester’s scheduled test to review/update their emergency contact information. Emergency contact information can be modified at any time by logging onto Webadvisor.

V. EMERGENCY LEVELS AND INSTITUTIONAL MESSAGING GOVERNANCE

The following are three levels of emergencies and suggested methods of communications and notifications for each. No other use of this FDU Alert System is permitted.

Level 1 Emergency – Informational

Circumstance:

  • incident has occurred
  • incident is contained and/or well defined
  • continuing activity/investigation
  • caution conditions exists
  • timely follow up communications required

Examples include:

  • natural disaster
  • aircraft crash, or similar event, near campus
  • major structural collapse
  • snow closings
  • elevator accident
  • must know information – (e.g. “Because of bad weather the University will close at…” and “An electrical cable to the SUB has been damaged and electrical power will not be restored until…”)

The “Authorizer” should use the following formats: E-mail/WWW/Text Messaging/Posted Notices/Public Address Announcements. Based on the event and any unusual circumstances, voice messaging may be used at the “Authorizer’s” discretion…

Level 2 Emergency – Life and Safety Alert

Circumstance:

  • incident has occurred and/or is continuing
  • incident is contained but may be extensive
  • cautions exist
  • continuing/on-going activity/investigation
  • timely follow up communications required

Examples include:

  • bomb threat
  • contained/small scale explosion/fire
  • act of violence on campus
  • fire confined to an area
  • contained/small hazardous material spill or release
  • buildings without electricity, heat or water
  • major building flooding

The “Authorizer” should use the following formats: E-mail/WWW/Text Messaging/Posted Notices/Public Address Announcements/Direct Contact with Individuals as necessary. During extended business hours (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.) voice messaging will also be used. The Authorizer will have the discretion to utilize voice messaging after extended business hours if it is deemed appropriate.

Level 3 Emergency – Imminent life or safety alert – Immediate Action Required

Circumstance:

  • incident has occurred and/or is continuing
  • scope of incident may be undefined
  • alert action required
  • cautions exist
  • continuing/On-going activity/investigation
  • time is of the essence follow up communications

Examples include:

  • evacuations
  • on-going violent campus demonstrations
  • intruder alerts
  • radiological incident
  • contained or uncontained hazmat/hazardous material spill or release
  • large explosion/fire
  • aircraft crash, or similar event, on campus
  • acts of terrorism
  • confirmed explosives devices

The “Authorizer” should use all available formats: Voice Message/Voice Mail/E-mail/WWW/Text Messaging/Posted Notices/Public Address Announcements/Direct Contact with Individuals as necessary.

No other use of this FDU Alert System is permitted.


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FDU Procedure on Handling Data on Separating Employees

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I. OBJECTIVE

Create a standard procedure by which Manager’s and their employee’s transfer University data during the period of time from when an employee makes their intention clear that they are separating from the University or the transfer of University data at the time of an employee’s involuntary separation from the University.

II. PRODUCURES

Voluntary Separation

It is the manager or direct supervisor’s responsibility to work with the separating employee to extract any data or files that reside locally on their computer that would be needed for business continuity. The supervisor should also ensure they understand what shared drives the separated employee used and have access to those drives if need be.

Using appropriate security precautions, the manager should meet several times with the separating employee to ensure all information is transferred over either email, a shared drive, One Drive or a thumb drive.

During the separation process, through the Employee Separation Checklist, the employee’s manager can select the ability to access the separating employee’s email for up to 30 days and/or forward emails addressed to the separated employee for up to 60 days.

Upon receiving the separation notice, Computing Services will validate through our Backup system that the separating employee’s complete laptop or desktop Image has been backed up.

Computing Services will manually trigger an additional backup within three days of separation.

Immediately upon the effective date of the separation, the separating employee’s manager is responsible for turning over the separating employees’ computer to Computing Services.

Computing Services will store the computer for 14 days as a precaution, and then wipe the data from that computer, reimage the computer, and shelf the computer for redistribution.

If it is discovered that information that resided on the separated employee’s computer was missed during the separation process and needs to be retrieved at a later point, the supervisor would need to contact the Vice President of Human Resources and request the specific data that would need to be recovered from our Backup system.

Involuntary Separation

Upon the dismissal of the individual, Human Resources, would immediately engage Computing Services as well as the direct supervisor to view and extract any data that might be needed by the department to ensure business continuity. This would take place as soon as possible from the date of dismissal.

If a legal hold is required, Computing Services and USAN would be notified and the existing processes of extracting and encrypting the hard drive as well as protecting all email correspondence would be executed. Computing Services would then remove the computer.

If a legal hold is not required, Computing Services will validate through our Backup system that the dismissed employee’s Image has been properly backed up and remove the computer.

Computing Services will store the computer for 14 days as a precaution, and then wipe the data from that computer, reimage the computer, and shelf the computer for redistribution.

If it is discovered that information that resided on the separated employee’s computer was missed during the separation process and needs to be retrieved at a later point, the supervisor would need to contact the Vice President of Human Resources and request the specific data that would need to be recovered from our Backup system.

III. IN CASE OF QUESTIONS

Questions regarding this procedure can be directed to the Vice President of Human Resources.


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Interactive Television (ITV)

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The Interactive Television (ITV) classrooms are located in Dickinson Hall 1132 (Metropolitan Campus), Dreyfuss 214 (Florham Campus), Sarah Sullivan (Florham Campus), Moninger 105, Moninger 107, Moninger 119 (Florham Campus) and School of Pharmacy 104 and 208 and FDU Vancouver. The ITV rooms can be used for conducting inter-campus classes, classes with students at remote locations equipped with ITV, inter-campus meetings, or meetings and events with other colleges, universities, or organizations equipped with ITV. The ITV rooms can be scheduled by an authorized officer of a group or organization on campus for conducting official University business. Scheduling is on a first-come, first-serve basis, with the exception that priority is always given to classes using the ITV room.

For reservations please call (973)-443-8822.

ITV Meeting Policies

This policy pertains only to the ITV rooms managed by the Office of Academic Technology (on the Metro campus DH 2245 and DH 1132, and in Florham Dreyfuss 214, Sarah Sullivan, Moninger 105, Moninger 107 and Moninger 119). For policies pertaining to other rooms, please contact the individuals responsible for the relevant rooms.

Ending your meeting on time

Please be sensitive to the fact that other meetings are often scheduled immediately after the end of yours, and the participants in these meetings also have busy schedules and important business to discuss. Even when there is no meeting scheduled after yours, our employees must properly close the room and shut down the equipment and therefore must wait for you to finish before they can move on to other activities. Therefore, when your meeting time has come to an end, you must vacate the room. Individuals who or groups that fail to vacate the room in a timely fashion more than two times will not be allowed to book the ITV room for future meetings.

Cancellation Policy

Please let us know as soon as possible if you must cancel a meeting, but at least 24 hours prior to your meeting. Individuals who cancel more than two meetings without notifying the Office of Academic Technology will not be allowed to book the ITV room for future meetings.

Meeting conflicts

Meetings are usually scheduled solely on a first-come, first-served basis. If somebody else has booked a meeting when you need the ITV room, you must negotiate with the host of the conflicting meeting. The Office of Academic Technology will not intervene.

ITV priority for DH 2245

DH 2245 is also available for scheduling non-ITV meetings or events. However, if ITV capability is needed at the same time, you will be asked to find another room. The rationale for this policy is that there are many other non-ITV rooms, but only two ITV rooms on the Metropolitan campus.

Scheduling Meetings

No meetings will be scheduled for ITV until after the ITV course schedule for that semester has been finalized. You may request your meeting in advance, but if a class ends up being scheduled at the same time as your meeting you will need to re-schedule your meeting. Classes always get first priority for ITV scheduling.

Inter-campus meetings

If you are scheduling an inter-campus meeting between the College at Florham and the Metropolitan Campus, you must request the ITV at least 24 hours prior to your meeting. This lead-time is necessary in order for the Office of Academic Technology to allocate appropriate personnel to the ITV room. You may schedule such meetings by calling the Office of Academic Technology at x8822 or (973)-443-8822 on the Metropolitan campus.

ITV Classrooms

Food & Drink Policy

The ITV classrooms contain sensitive and expensive equipment that could easily be damaged by spilled drinks or contamination by food particles. Also, the rooms do not receive regularly scheduled janitorial service. For these reasons: No food or drink is allowed under any circumstances in the ITV classrooms. Sealed containers are allowed provided that the container is not opened at any time while in the ITV classroom. If you are observed with food or drink you will be asked to remove this item from the ITV classroom.

Instructors are asked to enforce the no food or drink policy with the students in their classes, if members of a given class repeatedly viola this policy, the instructor will not be permitted to schedule the ITV classroom for future classes.

DH 2245 is configured differently and has different equipment, and as such food will be allowed in DH 2245. Any buffet set-up should be done in the adjoining kitchen area. Please ensure that all guests or meeting attendees exercise care with the food and keep the food at the table area.

ITV Class Policies

ITV Classrooms Procedures for semester long courses

This policy pertains only to the ITV rooms managed by the Office of Academic Technology (on the Metro campus DH 2245 and DH 1132, and in Florham Dreyfuss 214, Sarah Sullivan, Moninger 105, Moninger 107 and Moninger 119). For policies pertaining to other rooms, please contact the individuals responsible for the relevant rooms

Proposing a course for ITV delivery

Instructors, Chairs, or Directors may propose a course for ITV delivery after receiving approval from the relevant Chair, Director, or Dean. ITV courses are proposed at least one full semester in advance of the start date for the course.

Requesting the ITV rooms for a course.
To request the ITV rooms, call (973)-443-8822

Training Policy

No instructor may be scheduled to teach in the ITV room unless he or she attends training on using the sophisticated ITV equipment. Training should be scheduled as soon as possible after the instructor is identified, preferably a month prior to the start date of the course. To arrange for training, please contact call (973)-443-8822.

Cancellation Policy

If you must cancel a class, please let the Office of Academic Technology know as soon as possible and at least one full business day prior to your class. Instructors who cancel more than two class sessions without notifying the Office of Academic Technology will not be allowed to book the ITV room for future courses.

ITV Classrooms Food & Drink Policy

The ITV classrooms in contain sensitive and expensive equipment that could easily be damaged by spilled drinks or contamination by food particles. Also, the rooms do not receive regularly scheduled janitorial service.For these reasons:

No food or drink is allowed under any circumstances in ITV classrooms. Sealed containers are allowed provided that the container is not opened at any time while in the ITV classroom. If you are observed with food or drink you will be asked to remove this item from the ITV classroom.

Instructors are asked to enforce the no food or drink policy with the students in their classes. If members of a given class repeatedly violate this policy, the instructor will not be permitted to schedule the ITV classroom for future classes.

DH 2245 is configured differently and has different equipment, and as such food will be allowed in DH 2245. Any buffet set-up should be done in the adjoining kitchen area. Please ensure that all guests or meeting attendees exercise care with the food and keep the food at the table area.

For these reasons:

  • No food or drink is allowed under any circumstances in ITV classrooms. Sealed containers are allowed provided that the container is not opened at any time while in the ITV classroom. If you are observed with food or drink you will be asked to remove this item from the ITV classroom.
  • Instructors are asked to enforce the no food or drink policy with the students in their classes. If members of a given class repeatedly violate this policy, the instructor will not be permitted to schedule the ITV classroom for future classes.
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Mobile Communications Device Policy

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Last Revision: September 1, 2013

I. OVERVIEW

Effective January 2011 this policy is revised to reflect new legislation removing employer- provided cell phones from the definition of listed property requiring documentation and taxability. Once the IRS issues guidance following enactment of the legislation, further updates to the policy may be provided. Fairleigh Dickinson University has established the following mobile communications device policy where eligible employees may receive a non-taxable expense reimbursement for business related expenses incurred on personally owned mobile communications devices, or, be issued a FDU owned and managed mobile communications device for business and reasonable personal use.

II. DEFINITIONS

Mobile Communication DeviceA mobile communication device is a mobile telephone, email appliance, wireless personal digital assistant, or a device combining two or more of those functions. Mobile telephones are broadly construed here to include devices based on CDMA, TDMA, GSM, FDU Mobile Communications Device Policy and PCS digital technologies and follow-ons, as well as satellite telephones.
Adequate ServiceA mobile communication device service is adequate when it is sufficiently fast, sufficiently convenient, and sufficiently secure to allow the user to conduct University business in an efficient manner that safeguards the integrity and security of sensitive University information.
Business CallBusiness phone calls that are made or received for the explicit purpose of conducting university business.
Essential Personal CallsThese are defined as personal calls of minimal duration and frequency that are essential to allowing the employee to continue working and cannot be made at another time or from a different telephone. Examples of essential personal calls are calls related to a family emergency, to arrange for unscheduled or immediate care of a dependent, or to alert others of an unexpected delay due to a change in work or travel schedule.
Personal CallsNon-business phone calls that are made or received on FDU owned devices that are of more than minimal duration and are non-essential.
Temporary LoanUniversity-owned mobile communication devices may be loaned to employees for temporary use. When traveling on University business, an employee may keep a University device in his or her possession full time, but must return it to the University department of Telephone and Voice Services promptly at the end of the travel period.
Phone CallsCommunications made or received on a mobile communications device including voice, data, SMS, Picture messaging, and video.

III. POLICY

Effective January 2011, Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) has adopted a revised mobile communications device policy. The primary purpose for having a Fairleigh Dickinson University owned cell phone is for official university business. The available options that an employee can choose from when being approved, or reimbursed, for the use of a mobile communications device are:

  1. The University will provide a cell phone/PDA/Smartphone that may be used for business and reasonable personal use. This usage must not exceed the allotted minutes/data on the monthly plan.
  2. If an employee uses a personal cell phone for business use they will be reimbursed on a monthly basis, up to $20 per month, by the University for inbound and outbound calls that the employee designates as business (and which incur charges in excess of the employee’s service plan allotment). The employee will need to highlight all appropriate business calls on the original cell phone bill, annotate the business purpose and submit to their budget manager via an Expense Voucher Reimbursement no later than [45 days] after the end of the month in which the charges are incurred. After his/her approval, the voucher is sent to Finance for payment to the employee.
  3. University provided data only devices (e.g., USB 720 Modem, MiFi) will be provided as needed to eligible employees for business purposes. An employee using a personal data only device for business use may submit an expense voucher not to exceed $20 per month for the use of such device for business use.

FDU may, in some cases, purchase and own mobile communication devices to be assigned to groups (departments, offices, laboratories, etc.) and which may be loaned temporarily to individual employees or be shared by groups of employees for specific business purposes only.

This may be done only if usage is exclusively for essential University business. The University will conduct periodic audits to confirm that usage is exclusively for University business. Additionally, mobile communication devices that are required to conduct research projects and charged to sponsored program budgets must be obtained through Telephone and Voice Services.

Mobile communication devices should not be selected as an alternative to other means of communication (e.g., landlines, pagers, and radio devices) when such alternatives would provide adequate but less costly service to the University.

Requests for exceptions to this policy may be made by the budget officer for the appropriate division. The University may require that the employee submit relevant auditable documents to substantiate any exception request, and may consult with other University administrative offices in determining the propriety of the exception.

IV. ELIGIBILITY

The issuance of a University phone is limited. The following employees may be eligible for a University issued mobile communications device, or reimbursement for business expenses incurred on employee owned mobile communications devices:

  • Employees with duties requiring immediate accessibility
  • Employees required to spend significant time outside their normal work area
  • Employees who have duties beyond normal business hours

4.1 Approvals

Initial approval for the issuance of a University communications device will be at the VP or Provost level and each mobile communications device will be approved by the person responsible for the budget from which the charges will be paid. Telephone and Voice Services will select the mobile communications device and attachments unless the budget manager requests something special. Any I-phone requests, initial or subsequent, must be approved at the VP or Provost level, as well as, by the person responsible for the budget from which the charges will be paid.

V. PROCEDURES

5.1 University Issued Mobile Communications Device

Mobile Communications Device equipment supplied by the University remains the property of the University and must be returned upon termination of employment or when requested. If an employee fails to do so, he/she will be charged for replacement equipment and all monthly charges incurred after they leave.

5.1.1 Supervisor Procedures and Responsibilities

Supervisors will work with eligible employees to determine eligibility and the mobile communications device option that best meets the needs of the University and the employee. Thereafter, supervisors are responsible for ensuring that mobile communications device use is commensurate with established policy, and are required to reevaluate periodically (at least annually) the continuing need for mobile communications devices assigned to their subordinates.

Eligible employees and supervisors will complete a Mobile Communications Device Agreement Form. The Mobile Communications Device Agreement Form will include employee and supervisor signatures with copies submitted to employee and supervisor and the original to Human Resources. In the event an employee is terminated or is otherwise ineligible for the device, the supervisor must inform Telephone and Voice Services within three (3) business days.

5.2 Reimbursement for Business Calls on Personal Mobile

If an employee’s position does not have a frequent need for a cell phone, or the employee does not meet eligibility requirements, he/she may request reimbursement for the actual “overage” (in excess of calls included in the employee’s service plan) incurred while using a personal mobile communications device for business purposes. Monthly reimbursement will be limited to $20 per month.

Reimbursement for per-minute “air time” charges is limited to the total overage charge shown on the monthly invoice; in excess of minutes included in the employee’s personal plan. The employee is responsible for making personal payment to the provider, as per employee and provider agreements, and then should submit a request for reimbursement in accordance with he procedures set forth in Section 3 above.

Employees must submit original cellular phone bills to Finance detailing use for reimbursement of infrequent business use of their personal mobile communications device monthly, no later than [45 days] after the end of the month in which the charges are incurred.

5.3 Employee Responsibilities

When utilizing mobile communication devices for University business, or personal use, employees have the following responsibilities:

5.3.1 General Use

  • Employees are responsible for the safekeeping, care and use of the cell phone and attachments assigned to them.
  • Replacing lost or damaged equipment due to negligence may be at the employee’s expense.
  • Employees utilizing PDAs or similar devices that store electronic files, data, email messages or other potentially sensitive university data are required to notify Telephone and Voice Services within 24 hours of the loss or theft of their device. If theft is suspected, employees must file a police report and cooperate with law enforcement to ensure FDU’s interest in preserving confidential information is respected.
  • Individuals to whom cellular phones have been provided are responsible for the security and maintenance of the phones and must promptly report any damage, theft, or vandalism to Telephone and Voice Services.
  • Cellular telephones may not be used to defame, harass, intimidate, or threaten any other person. Employees are prohibited from using their University provided cell phones in any illegal, illicit or offensive manner.
  • Employees issued University mobile communications devices will refrain from downloading ring tones for a fee, and/or using picture and video messaging unless there is a valid business need to do so, and such action is approved by the budget manager.
  • Consideration should be given to Verizon Wireless for the establishment of personal plans.
  • Replacement of devices and device accessories with less than 12 months of use is discouraged. An 18-24 month duty cycle is recommended.

5.3.2 Safety

  • Avoid using the device under any circumstances where such use might create or appear to create a hazard, including use while operating a motor vehicle. Using a cell phone while driving is not permitted. If an employee must use the phone he/she should pull over to a safe location or use a hands free device.
  • Safe use of the cell phone is of the utmost importance. Precautionary measures should be taken if it is necessary to use the cell phone while driving. It is suggested that the speaker phone feature be utilized or a hands-free device be purchased.

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