Student on computer

The computing facilities of the Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science are made available at no charge to students and faculty in support of the educational and research mission of the department.

Eligibility for accounts

Accounts are granted at the discretion of the faculty to students enrolled in the department. Active majors and graduate students will receive accounts for the duration of their academic term. Special project accounts will be provided if requested with faculty approval. To obtain a special projects account please file the appropriate form available in the department office, CU 340.

Resource usage

Graduate students, majors, and special project accounts are allocated 50MB. Class accounts are allocated 10MB. Guest accounts are allocated 5MB.

Availability of accounts

Class accounts are made available during the first week of the semester for which the student is enrolled. A list of account logins is given to each instructor that requests accounts made available for his or her class.

Termination of accounts

All class and special project accounts are removed the Friday before the start of the subsequent semester for which the student is not enrolled (including summer sessions.) Accounts for MSCS/COSC majors and graduate students are removed after graduation.

Responsible Conduct

All computer use must be consistent with University policies and codes of conduct, and must not violate international, federal, state, or local laws. The department's computer systems and operating software are the property of the department, and users must not, knowingly or unknowingly, take actions which compromise the integrity of the system or degrade its availability to others. Such actions include, but are not limited to, taking advantage of software weaknesses to gain superuser privilege, using more disk space than has been allotted or running software which causes serious degradation of system response times.

User files and programs should be safe against unwanted reading or copying by other users. Users should learn how to protect their files and directories against access by others. Conversely, it is a violation of department policy, as well as a breach of good manners, to browse, read, or copy any material belonging to another without permission, even if that material is unprotected. department staff reserve the right to inspect user files without prior permission. In such cases department staff will maintain user confidentiality insofar as possible.

The privilege of computer access is given only to persons whom the department knows to be entitled to such access, and is not transferable. Users must not give access to their accounts to any other users, by divulging user names and passwords, even for entirely innocent uses.

It is a serious violation of the spirit of the University to use electronic mail, or any other means of communication, to insult, harass or threaten any other user. It is also a serious violation to pose as another user on the system.

The department's computer systems must not be used for access to remote computer systems for any purpose which violates either department and University policies and standards, or the policies and standards established by the owners of the remote systems. Department staff will be advised of unauthorized use by the system administrators of remote systems, and will take appropriate action against such users.

Consequences of misuse

Department staff routinely monitor the use of the department's computer resources and will issue warnings or take other appropriate action if they observe misuse. The privilege of computer access may be limited or denied to any user who violates the policies described in this statement.


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Summer 2014 Research Experience

The Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science hosted a Summer 2014 Research Experience (REU) for Undergraduates. This program provides undergraduates with an intensive, faculty-mentored, summer research experience in the areas of applied mathematics, high-performance computing, statistics, ubiquitous systems and mathematics education. Learn more