Responsibilities regarding information security
In all problems related to information security, contact the helpdesk without delay. Call +358 (0)2 941 55555 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Give everyone the opportunity for appropriate use
In principle, your user account is primarily intended to support your studies and not for hobbies or leisure use, for instance. A reasonable amount of use for own purposes is of course allowed. However, it is forbidden to use the university’s systems for all kinds of commercial or political purposes. Your user account is yours alone. You are not allowed to let anyone else use it nor let anyone else use the university’s services with your credentials.
You could consider the situation from this point of view: Even if you are an individual user, your acts influence, directly or indirectly, how the entire system works. The university is full of individual users and everyone’s actions count.
Immanuel Kant’s categorical imperative is a good guideline for the shared use of IT systems, too: “Act only according to that maxim whereby you can, at the same time, will that it should become a universal law”.
Do not cause harm to others
A user may cause harm to other users either on purpose or because of thoughtlessness. A very small number of users cause harm to others on purpose, but the harm caused by even one user’s thoughtlessness may be just as harmful as anything done on purpose. Answering the phone in a space where others work, for example, will surely disturb others, so take your calls elsewhere.
You may also cause harm to others by booking a group work room just for yourself for long periods of time or by using a university computer for something that is not connected with your studies (such as playing a game or browsing Facebook).
Likewise, you must honour mailing lists: a subject association list, for example, may have hundreds of recipients, so think carefully what you post and where you post it.
The above also applies to the private use of the University of Helsinki’s services. Using storage space, e-mail and other services for your own, non-university-related purposes is allowed provided that it does not impact other use of the system negatively!
Respect the privacy of others
– Do not disturb other users.
– Logging in to the system with the wrong user account and exceeding the permissions of one’s own account (or attempting it) are forbidden.
– Never, under any circumstances, disclose your passwords to anyone else.
– Trying to find and use any information security weaknesses is forbidden.
– Hacking or attempting to hack into systems is forbidden.
– Do not send inappropriate mass e-mails, chain letters or computer viruses.
– Copying, possessing or distributing programs or files without authorisation is forbidden, as is storing illegal copies in the University of Helsinki’s systems.