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Effective September 18, 2003, Arizona law will allow for the dismissal or discipline of state employees who use state-owned equipment to view material or services that depict nudity or sexual activity, unless the employee has the authorization of the agency head. The statute governs all ASU employees, including student employees.
Under ARS § 38-448, unless an ASU employee has authorization from the university President, the employee is prohibited from knowingly using ASU owned or leased computer equipment to access, download, print or store any files or services that depict nudity, sexual activity, sexual excitement, or ultimate sex acts.
In a document titled "Approved Use of University Computing and Communication Equipment," President Crow has authorized certain employees to access these materials in connection with their academic duties or university administrative functions. Uses outside of this scope may result in sanctions. Also, refer to the Approval for Acess form.
Under the current Presidential Approval, the following individuals may access otherwise prohibited material, but only to the extent that the access is related to their academic appointment or job duties at ASU:
Procedures for responding to allegations of misconduct and applicable sanctions are those set forth in existing ASU employment policies. Approval granted pursuant to A.R.S. §38-448 does not authorize any person to perform any act that is otherwise illegal under federal or state law.
The university recognizes that employees may receive an unsolicited e-mail (spam) that depicts nudity, sexual activity or other content restricted by this statute. The university does not intend to impose sanctions against employees who delete or ignore unsolicited e-mail when they recognize that the content is not related to legitimate university business or is otherwise regulated by this statute.
University Technology Office's Help Center Web site contains information about unsolicited e-mail and steps users can take to reduce the amount of unsolicited e-mail they receive.