The computing and electronic communication resources that UNC Charlotte provides for faculty, staff, and students are essential to carrying out the University's primary missions of instruction, research, and public service. Protecting and preserving University computing and electronic communication resources is a cooperative effort that requires each member of the University community to act responsibly and guard against abuses. This policy sets forth standards of responsible use, which demonstrate respect for unobstructed access, intellectual property rights, truth in communication, ownership of data, system security and integrity, and individuals' rights. Responsible use includes, but is not limited to, respecting the rights of other users, sustaining the integrity of systems and related physical resources, and observing all relevant policies, laws, regulations, and contractual obligations. Any member of the University community who violates this policy may be subject to disciplinary action under appropriate University disciplinary procedures.