[unisog] Academic Freedom

Martin, James E. martin at more.net
Mon Oct 14 16:26:16 GMT 2002

One slide from a presentation I did last week:

"No known definition of an open educational system:

*Empowers any user to monopolize bandwidth at the expense of others
*Gives sanction for users to violate copyright or other laws
*Gives sanction for users to attack other devices or networks
*Permits a situation to continue that causes injury or damage to outside parties 
*Immunizes the school for failure to practice due diligence in maintenance

Educational use is a business purpose of the network. Activity that puts continued educational use of our network at risk is not acceptable." 


James E. Martin                           
MOREnet Network Security Coordinator 
University of Missouri System                     

-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Martin [mailto:bmartin at luc.edu]
Sent: Monday, October 14, 2002 11:02 AM
To: unisog at sans.org
Subject: [unisog] Academic Freedom

I'm sure at one time or another, we as admins have all implemented changes which resulted in the reply of "your infringing on my academic freedom". This seems to be a big issues when it comes to Internet access of any sort, be is mail, web, file transferring/sharing, etc.

This for me posses a huge questions:
     "what defines academic freedom, both legally and philosophically"

I can easily see many zealots taking this to an extreme and conversely, I can see the overly conservative closing down anything that is not presented by a faculty member.  

Given this, how are other organizations approaching issues when this trump card is played in order to prevent, reverse, or implement a change?

-Bill Martin-
Sr. Systems Analyst
Loyola University Chicago
bmartin at luc.edu

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