Net Usage Policy

Net Usage Policy

This constitutes a MSU-General Santos-wide policy for the management of computer data networks and the resources they make available, as well as stand-alone computers that are owned and administered by the University. Users who has personal network capable devices are also covered by this policy whenever they connect to the MSUGENSANnet. The policy reflects the ethical principles of the University community and indicates, in general, what privileges and responsibilities are characterestic of the University computing environment. Some networks may operate in environments in which specific items in this policy do not apply, hence, system administrators are free to create policies that are at variance to this one, as long as the principles related to legal use and University missiom are preserved. In such cases, it is the responsiblity of the system administrators to make relevant variances known to their users.



MSUGENSANnet: MSU-General Santos Network(MSUGENSANnet) is a connection of networks of the member units of the MSU-General Santos and affiliated units.

Network member: A MSU-General Santos member of affiliated unit connected to the MSUGENSANnet is referred here as network member.

The MSU-General Santos Information and Communication Technology Office(ICTO) os responsible for the connection of the MSUGENSANnet members and affiliated units to MSUGENSANnet to the internet.

System Administrator: A system administrator is a person or group who has system privileges and is responsible for the operation and security of one or more networked computing resources as determined by the network member.

User: A user is a person who is given exclusive access by the network member to an account on a computer system of the network member. When the phrase “you account” is used, this pertains to the account described above. The network member owns all accounts on its computer systems. A user should only use his/her account for the purposes which it has been issued.

Password: A password is an access code which must be a combination of letters and numbers. Each user is responsible for using a good password. A poor password is one that is found in the dictionary or one that is easily related to the user(e.g., name, nickname,birthday,address,favorite food). A user must not write his/her password on a sheet of paper, notebook,electronic organizer, and the like.



The MSUGENSANnet aims to contribute to the realization of the MSU-General Santos Mission-Vision Statement and for the access to Internet to contribute broadly to educational, research, and economic development in the Philippines.


Acceptable Use

This represents a guide to the acceptable use of MSUGENSANnet. Any network member in order to use the network or any other networks which are used as a result of their MSUGENSANnet connection must comply with this policy and the stated purposes and Acceptable Use Policy or an equivalent policy. In addition, it is expected that each member will maintain and enforce its own Acceptable Use Policy. At a minimum, the University expects such policy will include:

  • To respect the privacy of other users.
  • For example, user shall not intentionally seek information on, obtain copies of, or modify files, other data, or passwords belonging to other users, or represent themselves as another user unless explicitly authorized to do so by that user.
  • To respect the legal protection provided by copyright and license to programs and data.
  • To respect the integrity of computing systems.
  • For example, users shall not intentionally develop programs that harass other users; infiltrate a computer or computing system; send bogus aliases/messages via electronic mail, newsgroups, or any internet service; and/or damage or alter the software components of a computer or computing system.
  • Use by member units as a laboratory for research and experimentation in computer communications,  where such use does not interfere with production usage. However, any experimental use requiring modification to router software or protocol layers below ISO layer 4 requires prior review by the ICTO.


Policies and Guidelines

The following policies and guidelines will be applied to determine whether or nota particular use of MSUGENSANnet is appropriate:

  • The intent of this policy is to make clear uses which are consistent with the purposes of MSUGENSANnet, not to exhaustively enumerate all such possible uses.
  • MSUGENSAN may  at any time make determinations that particular uses are or are not  consistent with the purposes of MSUGENSANnet.
  • Computing resource users are encouraged to practice cooperative computing. For example:
    • Regular deletion of unneeded files from ones’s accounts on shared computing resources
    • Refraining from overuse of connect tim, information storage space, printing facilities, or processing capacity
    • Refraining from overuse of interactive network utilities
    • Refraining from use of sounds and visuals which might be disruptive to others
    • Refraining from use of any computing resource in an irresponsible manner
    • Refraining from unauthorized use of departmental or individual computing resources, such as personal or departmental laser printer or modem.
  • Malicious use s not acceptable. Use should be consistent with the ethical standards accepted by the University community. MSUGENSANnet may not be used in ways that violate applicable laws or regulations. Use of MSUGENSANnet and any attached network i a manner that precludes or significantly hampers its use by others is not allowed. Examples of uacceptable use include, but are not limited to the following:
    • Accessing or attempting to access the password of an account that does not belong to you
    • Harassment of other users
    • Libeling or slandering other users
    • Destruction of or damage to equipment, software, or data belonging toe University or other users
    • Disruption or unauthorized monitoring of electronic communications
    • Unauthorized copying of copyright-protected material
    • Vioaltion of computer system security
    • Unauthorized use of computer accounts, access codes, or network identification numbers assigned to others
    • Use of bogus aliases
    • Use of MSUGENSANnet and Internet services to send information repeatedly(e.g., posting an article in numerous newsgroups, sending electronic mail to several users and/or mailing lists)
    • Use of MSUGENSANnet and internet services to send information forming chain, pyramid, or similar scheme or artifice
    • Use of computer communications facilities in ways that unnecessarily impeded the computing activities of others(such as randomly initiating interactive electronic communications or e-mail exchanges, overuse of interactive network utilities, and so forth)
    • Academic dishonesty(plagiarism,cheating,et al)
    • Violation of software license agreements
    • Violation of another user’s privacy
  • Connections which create routing patterns that are inconsistent with the effective and shared use of the network may not be established.
  • Unsolicited advertising is not acceptable. Advertising is permitted on some mailing lists ad news groups if the mailing lists or news group explicitly allows advertising.Announcement of new products or services are acceptable.
  • Faculty, Staff, and Students may use them only for purposes related to their studies, their official business with the University, and other University-sanctioned activities. The use of University computing resources for commercial purposes is permitted only by special arrangement with the appropriate University official or as defined in existing University policies.
  • Use of the network for recreational games, images, music, video and social media is not acceptable when such use places heavy load on scarce resources.