Rules, Guidelines and Procedures

The policy and communications unit of information technology facilitates the development of information technology policies, rules, guidelines and procedures. The unit participates with the campus security committee as well as other University constituents to develop, implement and maintain University-level IT policies and works to educate the campus community on matters of policy, law, and best practices when accessing and using electronic data. Comments regarding the material found in the categories defined below should be directed to

Document definitions

Rule: Similar to a policy but intended to describe the operations, definitions, and constraints of the use of computing resources.

Guidelines: Recommended actions and operational guides for users of systems and resources. Guidelines are created collaboratively with subject matter experts from various computing support units throughout the University. Guidelines incorporate best practices.

Procedures: Tasks that should be performed to achieve the desired outcome. Procedures can be created by central IT or departmental groups.


  • Copyright and Ethics
    Rules and best practices regarding the legal use of information
  • Email
    Rules and policies that govern the use of email and email addresses at WMU
  • Information Security
    Rules, policies, and best practices regarding secure data
  • Miscellaneous
    Rules and policies to aid in adhering to computing resources best practices
  • Network and Internet
    Anti-virus and ethical use of network and computing resources
  • Web
    Policies and resource links for acceptable use of web resources and services