Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)

Updated AUP Approved January 24, 2023


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The University of Guelph Acceptable Use Policy for Information Technology (AUP) defines the acceptable use and breaches of acceptable use of information technology resources at the University.  The policy applies to anyone who uses or accesses any IT resource belonging to, or under the control of or in the custody of, the University of Guelph.


By using the University's IT resources, all users agree to comply with this policy.  Users have an obligation to take all reasonable steps to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of IT resources.

The policy builds on the principles of accountability, transparency, privacy, and fairness, to support a functional environment for work and study in which IT resources are protected.  It also outlines the process used to resolve any allegations of inappropriate activity.


The policy also includes the Secure Office Data Protection Appendix (page 7) which provides a series of requirements for the protection of University data from the risk of unauthorized disclosure, loss, or theft for faculty, staff, and consultants.

For more information, visit: the Acceptable Use Policy (PDF)logo, approved on January 24, 2023.

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