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EDUCAUSE, Cornell Form Institute for Computer Policy, Law

EDUCAUSE, Cornell Form Institute for Computer Policy, Law
By Ronald Roach


EDUCAUSE, higher education’s leading association for information technology, and Cornell University have developed the EDUCAUSE/Cornell Institute for Computer Policy and Law (ICPL). The institute’s formation comes at a time when colleges and universities are aligning their information technology policies with evolving legislation and cybersecurity initiatives. The Institute combines the association’s extensive policy initiatives, online resources and professional development activities with Cornell’s robust six-year-old Computer Policy and Law program.

The ICPL Web site features a library of nearly 750 institutional computing policies, gathered by the combined resources of the Cornell program and EDUCAUSE. Library resources are searchable by topic, keyword and type of institution. Additional policy-related resources in the EDUCAUSE library are organized under such topics as acceptable use, copyright/intellectual property, data retention, e-mail, privacy and security.

“Both Cornell and EDUCAUSE can accomplish more by working together than either of us could working alone,” says Polley Ann McClure, Cornell’s vice president for information technologies. “Cornell created the Computer Policy and Law program (in 1960), and it has been recognized as an authoritative resource for information and perspective on issues of policy related to information technology.”

The ICPL Web site also has information about the annual ICPL seminar at Cornell and the EDUCAUSE Policy and Law Constituency Group, an open subscription discussion group focusing on policy development, and recommended institutional responses to legal issues. In addition, the site provides a list of recommended links on 14 current topics developed by the ICPL Advisory Committee, including coverage of academic integrity, computer-assisted cheating and the USA/Patriot Act.

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