Misuse of University Resources

Misuse of University resources occurs when there is:

  • Inappropriate use of University resources for non-University purposes
  • Unauthorized use of University resources which results in a loss to the University or a gain to the individual
  • Fraud
  • Other financial irregularities
  • Inappropriate and/or unauthorized use of UC Berkeley’s Internet domain (berkeley.edu) and/or campus electronic information resources

Examples of misuse are embezzlement, performing or directing University personnel to perform non-University work on University time, using University facilities or property for non-University business, conflict of interest situations which benefit an employee, person or entity affiliated with the employee, illegal acts, and inappropriate financial transactions or web-based activities.

Incidental personal use of electronic communications services (such as telephones, Internet, and e-mail) is permitted, provided that the use does not interfere with others’ use of those services, interfere with the work of University employees (including the person using the service), and incur noticeable, incremental costs to the University. More information can be found on the Office of the President’s web site.

Procedures for investigating misuse of University resources are documented in UC Business and Finance Bulletin G-29.

Administrative officials are responsible for taking appropriate personnel actions, including administrative leave, corrective action, and dismissal, in accordance with personnel policies and other contractual provisions, if misuse occurs in their jurisdiction. They are also responsible for taking action to strengthen departmental controls to preclude further misuse.

All UC Berkeley employees involved in any aspect of a preliminary review or an investigation are responsible for keeping all information regarding the suspected misuse confidential.

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