CAEN Policies

CAEN Conditions of Use

U-M Standard Practice Guide (SPG) Policy 601.07: Responsible Use of Information Resources states that individual departments may define their own additional “conditions of use” for the information technology (IT) under their control. CAEN’s Conditions of Use (below) put forth core policies that are specific to computing at Michigan Engineering.

Fair Use Policy

In an effort to provide quality IT services and maintain the fair allocation of shared resources for all users, CAEN must occasionally take steps to prevent misuse of  resources. If an individual uses resources in a way that impacts or prevents others from accessing them, CAEN will request they moderate or change their usage. If CAEN is unable to contact an individual, or if the impact is very significant or widespread, an individual’s access to CAEN resources may be disabled without notice.

Examples of overuse include, but are not limited to, the excessive use of remote access servers, network bandwidth, software installation, or any other use that adversely impacts the resources shared by Michigan Engineering.

Adhering to Software Licensing Agreements

The use of software available through CAEN is controlled by licensing and other agreements entered into by the university and various authors, publishers and vendors. Many of these agreements include terms that prohibit copying, redistribution, commercial use, or other specified actions. It is the responsibility of every U-M user to protect the security and maintain the confidentiality of licensed software, and to refrain from disclosing licensed software or documentation, or any information regarding licensed software, to any other third party. These policies are in place to ensure that the university is in compliance with software vendor licenses as outlined in the U-M Standard Practice Guide Policy 601.03-3: Software Procurement and Licensing Compliance.

Some software licensed by CAEN, or by other departments within Michigan Engineering, is subject to regulation by United States government agencies and may prohibit export or deemed export of licensed software, information about licensed software, and end-items produced by use of licensed software to certain countries or individuals. You are not allowed to export in any manner, either directly or indirectly, any product or end-item thereof without first obtaining all necessary approvals from the appropriate University of Michigan and United States government agencies.

Specific software license information is available on the CAEN Software Listing.

Computer Lab Policies

CAEN Computer Labs and other instructional facilities at Michigan Engineering are resources available only to authorized individuals. In order to maintain a comfortable and productive environment for everyone, CAEN relies on the cooperation of the community to be sensitive and respectful to others who use the facilities. Anyone who uses these facilities is required to act responsibly, and not engage in any actions that would intentionally cause disruption of service, destruction of property, or disturbance of others. View the CAEN Computer Lab Policies for specific guidelines.


For more information on the CAEN Conditions of Use, or any policy outlined on this web site, contact CAEN.