Acceptable Use Policy

Summary of Policy

This policy governs how faculty, students, and staff can use Dartmouth's information technology resources.

Affected Parties

All Groups

Policy Statement

The College1 provides information and technology to its faculty, other academic appointees, postdoctoral researchers, students, staff, and some affiliates and guests to be used to advance its educational, research, and scholarship missions.

In addition, authorized users may also use College information and technology for appropriate incidental personal use so long as those activities are legal and do not violate: College policies; contractual obligations; the safety, security, privacy, reputational, and intellectual property rights of others; or restrictions on political or commercial activities that are applicable to not for profit organizations like the College.

Every user bears the responsibility for knowing and complying with applicable laws, policies, and rules; for appropriately securing their computers and other electronic devices from misuse or theft by others; and for avoiding any use that interferes with others' legitimate access to and use of College information and technology.

College policies that may apply, depending on the identity of the user, include but are not limited to the College's personnel, financial and administrative policies, including all employment and student handbooks and manuals, and any other divisional, departmental, or school handbook, manual, policy, or procedure, all of which are subject to change from time to time at the College's sole discretion.

1. The term "College" includes all schools and faculties of Dartmouth College.

Policy ID


Effective Date

October 3, 2019


Office of the Provost

Office of Primary Responsibility

Information, Technology and Consulting (ITC)

Last Reviewed Date

October 23, 2023

Next Review Date