OARnet Acceptable Use Policy​​​

This policy represents a guide to the acceptable use of The Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet). OARnet provides access to state, national and international resources to its clients through connections with networks outside OARnet.

In general, it is the responsibility of those networks to enforce their own acceptable use policies. OARnet will inform its clients of any restrictions on use of networks to which it is directly connected. OARnet accepts no responsibility for traffic which it originates which violates the acceptable use policy of any directly or indirectly connected networks beyond informing the client that they are in violation if the connected network so informs OARnet.

Specific Polices of OARnet:

  1. Use of OARnet must be consistent with the goals of facilitating and disseminating knowledge, encouraging collaborative projects and resource sharing, aiding technology transfer to Ohio businesses, fostering innovation and competitiveness within Ohio and building broader infrastructure in support of education and research.
  2. It is not acceptable to use OARnet for illegal purposes.
  3. It is not acceptable to use OARnet to transmit threatening, obscene or harassing materials.
  4. It is not acceptable to resell OARnet provided services.
  5. It is not acceptable to use OARnet so as to interfere with or disrupt network users, services or equipment. Disruptions include, but are not limited to, distribution of unsolicited advertising, propagation of computer worms or viruses and using the network to make unauthorized entry to any other machine accessible via the network.
  6. It is assumed that information and resources available via OARnet are private to those individuals and organizations which own or hold rights to those resources and information and unless specifically stated otherwise by the owners or holders of the rights. It is therefore not acceptable for an individual to use OARnet to access information or resources unless permission to do so has been granted by the owners or holders of rights to those resources and information
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  9. ARnet will review violations of its Acceptable User Policy on a case-by-case basis. Clear violations which are not promptly remedied by the client organization may result in termination of OARnet network services.​