FAMU Computing Terms of Service Agreement (TOS)

Before obtaining your FAMNet ID User ID and Password for accessing iRattler, FAMMail & FAMU network, please read and agree to the following: The terms and conditions are as follows:

THE FAMU User Authentication Center (UAC) is for NEW Students ONLY!


To the extent permitted by law, FAMU recognizes the privacy of its members. It is FAMU's policy to respect the privacy of its members. FAMU will not monitor, edit, or disclose any personal information about you or your use of the Service, including its contents, without your prior written permission unless FAMU has a good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (1) conform to legal requirements or comply with legal process; (2) protect and defend the rights or property of FAMU; (3) enforce this TOS; or (4) act to protect the interests of its members or others. FAMU does not provide user information to third parties. Some personal information you provide to FAMU may be stored outside of the country in which you reside. You agree that FAMU may access your account and monitor its activity, including its contents, as stated above or to respond to service or technical issues. MESSAGE STORAGE, OUTBOUND MESSAGES AND OTHER LIMITATIONS

FAMMAIL is the official email account for students, faculty and staff. E-mail includes person-to-person messages, postings to newsgroups and listserves and any electronic messaging involving computers and computer networks. E-mail is also generally subject to the Florida Public Records Law to the same extent as it would be on paper. While using iRattler and the online administrative systems, notifications and messages regarding your transactions will be sent to your FAMU e-mail account. The amount of e-mail storage space per member is determined by the user's role and is as follows: Students: 50 GB, therefore, you agree to periodically access your FAMMAIL and archive your emails on your computer. You agree that FAMU is not responsible or liable for the deletion or failure to store messages or other information.


As a condition of your use of the Service, you warrant to FAMU that you will not use the information technology services provided by FAMU for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these terms, conditions, and notices. These Services are provided to individuals only and for university use. You agree to use the Service only to send and receive university related messages. Any unauthorized commercial use of the Service, or the resale of its services, is expressly prohibited. You agree to abide by all applicable local, state, national and international laws and regulations and are solely responsible for all acts or omissions that occur under your account or password, including the content of your transmissions through the Service. By way of example, and not as a limitation, you agree not to:

You further agree to abide by the University Policy on the Ethical Use of Software and Other Computing Resources as set forth below.

University Policy on the Ethical Use of Software and Other Computing Resources
Computing resources at Florida A&M University are allocated for the use of students, faculty, and employees in the instruction and research programs at the institution, and in performing the duties and responsibilities of employment so as to effectively support the operations of the University. Other use of computing resources shall occur only upon appropriate authorization by the President or his designee. The University does not condone unauthorized use of any of its computing resources inclusive of: use for personal profits; attempts to gain access to files for which permission to enter has not been granted; participation in illegal file sharing; copy of proprietary software without licensed approval; attempts to impair performance of computing resources; and, use for purposes of harassment.

As an institution of higher learning, the university is especially cognizant of its responsibility as a trustee for integrity and honesty in academic discourse. Given a mission to foster intellectual activity and scholarship, coupled with an awareness of the ease by which electronic works can be reproduced, the university has a particular responsibility to convey that it does not condone the duplication or distribution of software in violation of copyright or license agreement. The University reserves the right to sanction its students, employees, and others to whom it may have granted access to computing resources, for such violations.

Florida A&M University recognizes that respect for creativity, intellectual labor, and discovery arising from scholarly undertaking, is fundamental to its mission. The University further recognizes that only through strongly adhered to principles of academic honesty, will it achieve the goals it has set for excellence in higher education. Careful consideration has been given to issues that involve ethics in computing and ethics in utilization of computing resources. Therefore employees and students are expressly advised that the above policy gives the university great latitude in the sanctions it can impose on employees and students. Such sanctions can range from warning or reprimand to termination in case of violations by employees. Violations of the policy by students can result in a broad range of sanctions including denial of access to computer resources or expulsion from the university.

The following list identifies only some of the acts that are a clear violation of this agreement. Students, Faculty and staff are warned to avoid these acts.

  1. Copy of software in violation of terms of the license held by the university.
  2. Installation of software on university owned computers in violation of the license held on the software.
  3. Unauthorized access to files on university computers.
  4. Destruction of university computing resources (this includes hardware and software)
  5. Use of university computing resources to harass employees or students.
  6. Use of university computing resources to commit any computer crime.
  7. Unauthorized use of university computers and software.
  8. Unauthorized relocation of computer software or computer hardware.
  9. The intentional use or operation of computing resources in a way that will impair the performance of a university computing resource inclusive of computer networks

The university will further develop and strengthen policies and procedures to assure an environment with ethical practices.

iRattler User Account & Password Requirements

You agree to the following terms regarding your password:
You are responsible for any activity originating from your account within reasonable expectations of control. Please do not share your accounts and passwords, under any circumstances, with any person.
Your password must:

You agree to change your password and set your "Forgot Password" hint upon first access logon; afterwards, to safeguard your account information, the system will periodically prompt you to change your password.

FAMU has no obligation to monitor the Service or any user's use thereof or retain the content of any user session. However, FAMU reserves the right at all times to monitor, review, retain and/or disclose any information as necessary to satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request. In the event you obtain knowledge of your account, persons or other accounts violating the terms of this agreement via illegal or unauthorized use of accounts or resources you agree to change the password on your account and report the incident circumstances immediately to 850-412-HELP (4357) or helpdesk@famu.edu.