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Privacy Policy

Information Security Program

Link to our comprehensive policy to safeguard confidential information in the College. (PDF file)

Acceptable Use Policy

The following Acceptable Use Policy covers use of email and other Hastings computer resources. Use of such resources constitutes acceptance of this policy:

"Hastings College of the Law provides computing resources, including email, in support of the College's mission of teaching, research, and community service. Use of Hastings computing resources constitutes acceptance of this policy and agreement to comply with this policy. In addition, you should be aware that there is no guarantee of privacy or confidentiality with regard to email/Internet communications.

"Users of Hastings computing resources must respect the rights of other users, including the rights of copyright holders, abide by the security needs of the systems, and conform their behavior to all relevant laws, regulations, and contractual obligations of the College. In addition, all College regulations and policies apply, including the Student Code of Conduct, Academic Regulations, and the Staff Personnel Manual. Misuse of Hastings computing, networking, or information resources may result in disciplinary action. Additionally, misuse can be prosecuted under applicable state and federal statutes defining computer crime. Appendix A (available at the Circulation Desk in the Law Library,) Network Working Group RFC 1855, which provides netiquette guidelines, is incorporated by reference as part of this policy."

Policy on Spam

We have provided email services at Hastings to facilitate official communications between the school, its departments (including student organizations), faculty, staff, and students. Any email message that is unofficial and unsolicited is considered "spam" (see Dean Scallen's essay below on "The World of Spam") and represents an inappropriate use of Hastings computer resources.


The World of Spam According to Dean Scallen
(And She Knows Her Spam, Being a Minnesotan -- Apologies to Hormel)

Spam is the electronic equivalent of junk mail — mail you did not ask for and that you are not interested in receiving. Now, you may not like receiving your Visa bill, but hey, you asked for it by charging on that card. You also may not be interested in or have asked for notes from the I.R.S. or the DMV or the California Courts, telling you to show up for jury duty — but tough — these are official communications from authorized governmental agencies.

What kinds of email can you expect to receive? Announcements from Hastings offices (the Records Office, Career Services, Student Services, the Academic Dean's Office, your faculty advisor), the Hastings Bookstore, and any student group to which you belong that uses email as a means of communication.

If you hate junk mail that you receive via the U.S. Post Office, you can file a form with the Post Office that will prevent them from delivering it to you. There are few such mechanisms for email. You can ask a student group to take you off its distribution list, but if then you would miss the important announcements relating to that student interest group. Spam clutters up your email box. Some people get a lot of email, and they really don't want to spend time opening up stuff they didn't ask for and are not interested in (and they often have to open it to tell what it really is — at least with junk snail mail you have a major hint because it is sent via third class or bulk rate mail).

So, be a good citizen; don't send Spam, whether it be the email version or the Hormel version — the former makes people mad and the latter will smell after a day out of the can.

Thank you.
Associate Academic Dean Eileen Scallen

UC Hastings College of the Law was founded in 1878 as the first law department of the University of California. We are located in San Francisco’s Civic Center—steps from City Hall, the State and Federal Buildings, the State Supreme, Superior and Appellate Courts, as well as the United States District Court and Court of Appeals.