Information Technology Policies
At UB, information technology (UBIT) enables virtually every aspect of university life. To ensure that UB students are able to take full advantage of campus life, it is strongly recommended that students have a suitable mobile device (laptop, tablet, etc.) for their personal use while on campus and at their living space. To learn more about UBIT resources and services, and to get started as a new student, visit the UBIT Getting Started Web pages.
New students will find information about their UBITName (their key to the many information technology services and resources at UB), setting their password, securing their devices, and obtaining the free software provided by the technology component of their broad-based fee.
Computer and Network Acceptable Use Policies
As a condition of accepting their UBITName, all students must accept UB’s Computer and Acceptable Use Policy. This and other UBIT policies are accessible at UB’s IT Policy website. Penalties for non-compliance include disciplinary actions and potential loss of access to UB online resources.
Official University Communications and Required Use of UB Email Addresses
Many official university communications to students are sent to their permanent addresses or university email addresses. Students are responsible for ensuring that their permanent addresses and email addresses are kept up to date in the university’s student information systems, and that they regularly read their official email messages sent to their university @buffalo.edu email address. New students will find information on their UB email addresses at UBIT’s Getting Started Web pages.
Copyright Infringement and Illegal Downloading Policies
The distribution of copyrighted material from their devices connected to UB’s networks, including music, games and videos, without first obtaining the copyright owner’s permission, is a violation of federal law and university policy. Copyright owners frequently hire agents to scan university networks for copyrighted materials that are available to others from computer systems on the network. UB receives many notices from these organizations alleging copyright infringement. To download and/or distribute unauthorized copies of copyrighted music recordings and movies is breaking the law and may result in legal liability for thousands of dollars in damages. Please read UB’s policy on illegal downloading and file sharing at UB’s Digital Copyright Compliance Web pages.