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Acceptable Use Policy

(networking)
(AUP) Rules applied by many transit networks which restrict the use to which the network may be put. A well known example is NSFNet which does not allow commercial use. Enforcement of AUPs varies with the network.

acceptable use policy

The conduct expected from a person using a computer or service. ISPs and other online services provide their customers with an acceptable use policy (AUP), which may prohibit spamming or commercial usage. Also called an "acceptable use policy/Internet use policy" (AUP/IUP), schools and universities provide AUPs for students using the computer lab, which defines unacceptable behavior.
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The growing use of social media by students and staff has led many schools to consider developing acceptable use policies. There is tremendous opportunity for improving education through the use of social media.
Districts also need acceptable use policies that explicitly prohibit the sending of e-mail bomb messages inside or outside the schools.
Vericept, a content monitoring software provider in Englewood, Colo., argues that "while organizations have increased their use of acceptable use policies (AUPs), rarely are they enforced.
Many are developing student "acceptable use policies."