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Computing Policies

IT Policies and Standards and associated guidelines are formulated to direct and guide University practices, to help ensure compliance with laws, regulations and requirements, and to assist the University in reaching long-term goals.

Newly created policies and standards, or changes to existing ones, can be triggered by a variety of factors, such as:

  • A change in law, rule or regulation
  • A weakness in the current structure
  • To correct behavior or reduce risk
  • An organizational change
  • To streamline operations
  • A new technical opportunity
  • Periodic review and updates

The Information Technology Advisory Committee (ITAC) is a body appointed by the University representing various campus constituencies. ITAC is charged with the review of draft policies and standards and assists with the vetting of these proposals. IT Standards are reviewed annually by ITAC.

Policy & Standard Development

By establishing specific requirements for all members of the university community, policies and standards connect the university's mission to individual conduct, institutionalize impartial expectations, support compliance with laws and regulation, mitigate institutional risk, and enhance productivity and efficiency in the university's operations.

For background or information on these policies, or to provide feedback on drafts, please contact Bruce White, Assistant Director for Records Management and IT Policies at blwhite@odu.edu.


Standards

IT Standards specify requirements for becoming compliant with University IT policies, other university policies, as well as applicable laws and regulations. Standards may include technical specifications and are mandatory.

By establishing specific requirements for all members of the university community, policies and standards connect the university's mission to individual conduct, institutionalize impartial expectations, support compliance with laws and regulation, mitigate institutional risk, and enhance productivity and efficiency in the university's operations.

Effective 2013, the Information Technology Standards have been refreshed following a review by the Information Security Officer. This site is in transition as documentation is being updated.



Policies

University Policies are statements of management philosophy and direction, established to provide direction and assistance to the university community in the conduct of university mission and objectives. The following University policies address information technology.




Procedures

Procedures are methods for complying with prescribed standards. These normally include step-by-step instructions and useful or required forms. These procedures should be followed to ensure compliance with all standards and policies.

For reasons of security or content, some procedures, notably technical procedures, are not published. However, such procedures may be requested and provided upon request from the operational unit.