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Project Athena users must respect system use rules

Last spring an MIT undergraduate modified software on over 200 Athena workstations and in doing so jeopardized everyone's use of the Athena Computing Environment. Members of the Student Information Processing Board and staff from Project Athena and Information Systems detected the change and identified the individual responsible for the modifications.

A formal complaint was lodged with the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs, and after review, the student was placed on administrative probation for two years. Also, the student is being required to perform 75 hours of community service work for Athena this term and to reimburse the Institute for the cost of undoing the software modifications. Although criminal charges were possible, none were filed.

During the final days of the 1990-91 spring term, as many as 4200 students and faculty used the Athena system each day to complete coursework and theses. Even greater usage is expected this term. System errors, even minor ones, result in high anxiety for everyone. Serious system problems disrupt the work of thousands of students and faculty who depend upon Athena's availability.

Thus, all who use the Athena Computing Environment are expected to do so responsibly and to take no actions which jeopardize the availability of this resource. Athena Rules of Use are posted in each of the clusters and copies are also included in the document "Welcome to Athena," which is available in both hard copy and online versions.

James D. Bruce->

Vice President->

Information Systems->