Google Apps Acceptable Use Policy

Purpose

Western Michigan University has contracted with Google, Inc. to provide Google Apps service to all WMU students, faculty and staff. Use of this service is governed by University policies as well as terms and conditions of the contract with Google.

Scope

This policy applies to any student, faculty or staff using the WMU Google Apps services of WMU, whether on campus, at home, at regional sites, or via any other means.

Policy statements

  • Any faculty or staff member using Google Apps must ensure that their use will comply with any data storage requirements of their school, department, unit, or WMU.
  • Google Apps may not be used to store, maintain, or transmit any kind of restricted/confidential data, including, but not limited to HIPAA protected, social security numbers, driver's license numbers, financial account or credit card numbers, or any other personally-identifiable data.
  • Anyone using Google Apps for grants should be aware that data will be stored in data centers outside of the US and must abide by the rules and policies set forth in their grant.
  • Student data protected by FERPA is permitted in Google Apps services provided that the information is shared only between the student and those who have a legitimate education-related interest.
  • Western Michigan University does not back up data stored on Google Apps, and cannot restore, or recover, any data or documents that are deleted from these applications.

Justification

Western Michigan University, with broad representation from the campus community, develops policies and procedures to assure that University data assets are secure and protected in compliance with state and federal regulations.

Enforcement

Any person found to be in violation of this policy will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action as defined by current University policy and bargaining agreements.

Reference

Document action

Written: October 2014