RUL 02.61.01 - Use of NCSU Libraries "Wolf Wikis" Service

Authority: Vice Provost and Director of Libraries

History: First Issued: March 17, 2006. Last Revised: February 7, 2011.

Related Policies: 
UNC Policy 500.2 – Patent and Copyright Policies 
NCSU POL04.25.01 – Expression of Views by Visiting Speakers
NCSU POL04.25.03 – Sexual Harassment Policy
NCSU POL04.25.05 - Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy Statement
NCSU POL08.00.01 - Computer Use Policy 
NCSU POL11.35.01 - Code of Student Conduct 
NCSU REG01.25.02 - Copyright Infringement Policy Statement 
NCSU REG01.25.03 - Copyright Regulation - Copyright Implementation Pursuant to Copyright Use and Ownership Policy of the University of North Carolina 
NCSU REG04.25.02 – Resolution Procedures for Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Complaints
NCSU REG04.25.03 – Sexual Orientation Policy Statement
NCSU REG04.25.04 – Unlawful Harassment Policy Statement
NCSU REG08.00.02 - Computer Use Regulation
NCSU REG11.00.01 - Family Educational Rights and Privacy (FERPA)

Additional References:
Permission Form 
NCSU Libraries’ Disclaimer

Contact Info: Associate Vice Provost and Deputy Director, NCSU Libraries (919-515-7188)


1. INTRODUCTION

WolfWikis is a service provided by the NCSU Libraries to support the academic and scholarly communication activities of current faculty, students, and staff of North Carolina State University.  This rule describes the standards for use of WolfWikis.

2. CONDITIONS OF USE

2.1 Use of this service is limited to academic and scholarly communication purposes.  Contributors or users must abide by the terms and conditions outlined in this rule.  Individuals who do not wish to accept these terms and conditions should not use the service. 

2.2 Use of WolfWikis is subject to NC State policies and applicable local, state, and federal laws.  Violations may result in denial of access to the service.

2.3 The service is provided on an “as is” and “as available” basis, without warranties of any kind, express or implied.  Use of this service is at the user’s sole risk and the user assumes all responsibility for any liability arising out of such use.  See the NCSU Libraries’ Disclaimer for more information.  

2.4 Under its continuing obligation to preserve the rich history of the institution, the University Archives may collect and preserve copies of wikis.

3. COMPUTER USE

The NCSU POL08.00.01 - Computer Use Policy and NCSU REG08.00.02 - Computer Use Regulation outline the conditions under which members of the University community may utilize University computer accounts and equipment.  The following are of particular interest to wiki users:

3.1 Users cannot accept or display paid advertising in WolfWikis.

3.2 While the University does not intend to monitor traffic on WolfWikis, it does retain the right to examine wiki contents if network security and performance is threatened or if there is a reasonable suspicion that a law or University policy is being violated.

3.3 Each wiki page will automatically display the following language at the bottom:  “The material located at this site is not endorsed, sponsored or provided by or on behalf of North Carolina State University.”  Upon notification to the Libraries, those engaged in official activities of NC State (i.e., controlled or supervised by an NC State employee within the scope of employment) will not be required to display this language.

3.4 Links do not imply NCSU endorsement of any materials; access cannot be guaranteed.

4. COPYRIGHT

4.1 The wiki user is responsible for complying with all applicable copyright laws and policies.  Applicable policies include:

4.1.1 NCSU REG01.25.02 - Copyright Infringement Policy Statement

4.1.2 UNC Policy 500.2 – Patent and Copyright Policies

4.1.3 NCSU REG01.25.03 - Copyright Regulation - Copyright Implementation Pursuant to Copyright Use and Ownership Policy of the University of North Carolina

4.2 Questions about the use of copyrighted material can be directed to the Copyright and Digital Scholarship Center or the Office of General Counsel.

5.   NON-DISCRIMINATION

The University is committed to academic freedom and to the free exchange of ideas. Various non-discrimination policies are in place to protect academic freedom while preventing conduct that unlawfully threatens or intimidates others.  These policies also apply to wiki users:

5.1 NCSU POL04.25.05 - Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy Statement

5.2 NCSU POL04.25.01 – Expression of Views by Visiting Speakers (academic freedom)

5.3 NCSU REG04.25.02 – Resolution Procedures for Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Complaints

5.4 NCSU POL04.25.03 – Sexual Harassment Policy

5.5 NCSU REG04.25.03 – Sexual Orientation Policy Statement

5.6 NCSU REG04.25.04 – Unlawful Harassment Policy Statement

6.   CODE OF STUDENT CONDUCT

The NCSU POL11.35.01 - Code of Student Conduct describes behavior that disrupts or inhibits the normal functioning of the University and the actions that can be taken to protect the University community from such behavior.  Wiki users should be aware of the contents of the Code.

7.   FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT (FERPA)

FERPA is a federal law that protects student privacy in most personally identifiable educational records.  For example, directory information, such as student names, email addresses, and enrollment status are not protected, but grades and most other student records are protected.  Students can request that directory information not be disclosed.  For more information, see NCSU REG11.00.01 - Family Educational Rights and Privacy (FERPA), and Student Privacy from the Office of General Counsel.

Students must provide voluntary written consent prior to their inclusion in a course wiki and prior to University employees or agents disclosing (including electronic posting) any other FERPA-protected information from students.  See the Permission Form for student participation in course wiki.