Today’s Chronicle of Higher Education: Many professors, staff members, and even administrators see campus computers and e-mail accounts as their own private property — a type of employment benefit provided with no constraints on use. The fact is, universities “assign” computer equipment to us as tools to help us perform our jobs more effectively and efficiently, in the same way that institutions assign offices to faculty members, laboratory space to scientists, or photocopy machines to departments. Computer equipment, far from being personal property, is owned and maintained by the university, with restrictions on how it may be used.
Here’s the e-mail policy at Columbia College.
MU’s policy on acceptable use of information technology was approved by Curators of the University in September of 2000.