The following definitions apply to all policies outlined in this website and to all IT policies & guides of Stamford International University in general.

IT Systems: These are the computers, terminals, printers, networks & networking equipment, online and offline storage media and related equipment, software, and data files that are owned, managed, or maintained by Stamford International University.

User: A “User” – alternatively known as End-User or Client – is any person, whether authorized or not, who makes any use of any IT System from any location. Users may comprise of students, faculty, staff, guests etc. – any member of the University community who is making use of the University’s IT Systems and resources.

Systems Authority: While Stamford International University is the legal owner or operator of all IT Systems, it delegates oversight of particular systems to the head of a specific subdivision, department, or office of the University (“Systems Authority”), or to an individual faculty member, in the case of IT systems purchased with research or other funds for which he or she is personally responsible.

Systems Administrator: Systems Authorities may designate another person as “Systems Administrator” to manage the particular system assigned to him or her. Systems Administrators oversee the day-to-day operation of the system and are authorized to determine who is permitted access to particular IT resources.

Certifying Authority: This is the Systems Administrator or other University authority who certifies the appropriateness of an official University document for electronic publication in the course of University business.

Specific authorization: This means documented permission provided by the applicable Systems Administrator.