University of Central Missouri provides email services (sending, receiving, storing, and forwarding messages in a digital form using the university's network/telecommunications infrastructure) to faculty, staff, and students. The university considers communications sent to faculty, staff, and student email accounts to be official and hold exactly the same status and importance as paper documents. The university expects faculty, staff, and students to check their email accounts regularly for official communications.
Users of electronic mail at UCM are responsible for using the services in an appropriate manner; a user's access may be denied for inappropriate conduct. Inappropriate use of electronic mail access includes, but is not limited to, for-profit communication, unlawful or malicious activities, downloading pornographic files, sending chain letters, and misrepresentation of oneself or the university. The university's electronic communications system may not be used for individual or group mailings of a solicitous/persuasive religious, commercial, or political nature.
Personal email messages and other electronic communications are not private or privileged, and are subject to interception and scrutiny without obtaining either the sender's or the receiver's permission. Personnel, criminal and/or disciplinary action may be taken against any member of the university community based on the contents of an intercepted electronic communication, should it be found to be in violation of law or university policy, including the university's sexual harassment policy.
Guidelines for announcements on the student email system have been established and published as “Student Email and the You-CM System”, located on the University Policy web site.
The following types of messages relating to university business and activities may be sent to all current users of the faculty/staff email system:
The faculty/staff email system should not be used to send out personal advertisements or general announcements to the entire user community that do not meet the above criteria. If a user is unsure if his/her message meets the above criteria, he/she should consult the Vice President, Dean, University Director, Director, or Chair of his/her area before sending the message.
All other communications not falling under the above guidelines may be posted through UCM Daily at http://www.ucmo.edu/daily/ by clicking Submit News.