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's Getting Started with IT video tour.
New students will find information about their UBITName (their key to the many information technology services and resources at UB), setting their password and registering to take advantage of 24/7 resets via text or email, securing their devices, and obtaining the free software provided by the technology component of their broad-based fee.
See a full list of IT Policies.
Computer and Network Use Policies
As a condition of accepting their UBITName, all students must accept UB’s Computer and Network 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 are sent to students' permanent addresses or university email addresses. Students are responsible for ensuring that their UB Online Directory entry is kept up to date and that they regularly read official email messages sent to their university @buffalo.edu email address. New students will find information on their UB email addresses and other IT services in UBIT's Getting Started with IT video tour.
Copyright Infringement and Illegal Downloading Policies
It is a violation of federal law and university policy to distribute copyrighted material from a device (computer, laptop, smartphone, etc.) that is connected to the UB network without first obtaining the copyright owner's permission. This includes music, games, videos and other copyrighted materials. Copyright owners frequently hire agents to search the Internet for copyrighted materials that are available to others from computer systems on the network. UB receives 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 personal 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.