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ITS Safe Computing

ITS User Advocate

The ITS User Advocate works with the University of Michigan community to ensure that U-M information technology policies and guidelines are followed, and to respond to computer abuse and misuse of U-M electronic resources.

The User Advocate enforces compliance through a variety of means, including temporary denial of service or filing a formal complaint about a student with the Office of Student Conflict Resolution (OSCR).

Specifically, the User Advocate

  • Receives and investigate reports of U-M technology and information policy violations as they pertain to U-M-provided resources
  • Coordinates problem-solving with other information technology service providers and campus units - including Student Life and the Department of Public Safety and Security (DPSS)
  • Provides IT policy interpretation and information to help students, faculty, and staff understand university and departmental policy, including the responsible use of shared resources
  • Engages in outreach activities, including general community education and awareness

Contact the ITS User Advocate

Contact the User Advocate at abuse@umich.edu if you become aware of or suspect an abuse of U-M information technology policies, including:

Compliance Resource Center
  • Threatening or harassing electronic messages (in an emergency, contact the Department of Public Safety at 911 or 763-1131); include full headers when forwarding a potentially problematic e-mail to the User Advocate
  • Spam that originates from or appears to originate from within the university (do not send spam from external origination); include full headers when forwarding a potentially problematic e-mail to the User Advocate
  • Digital copyright infringement
  • Promotion of a commercial enterprise when the sender's e-mail address ends in @umich.edu
  • Other violations of appropriate use of U-M information technology resources