The purpose of the Anti-Virus Policy is to establish the requirements for addressing Malware infection, prevention, detection and cleanup.


The Anti-Virus Policy applies to all University students, faculty or staff members, whether full-time or part-time, paid or unpaid, temporary or permanent, as well as all agents and representatives of the University, including any third party service provider providing
services to the University who create, use or otherwise access or interact with any University
Information or University Information Resource (“University Users”)..


Malware: includes Virus, Trojan Horse and Worm.

University Information Resource: any tool, device, equipment, or system used to create, collect, record, process, store, retrieve, display and transmit University Information, including but not limited to email, mainframes, servers, computers, laptops, personal digital assistants (PDA), telecommunication resources, fax machines, printers, file cabinets, software and embedded technology.


In the event a user suspects that any University Information Resource may be infected by a virus, please contact the University’s ITS Helpdesk immediately at 617-557-2000.

Violation of Policy

The University reserves the right to monitor network traffic, perform random audits, and to take other steps to insure the integrity of its information and compliance with this Policy. Violations of this Policy may lead to appropriate disciplinary action, which may include temporary or permanent restrictions on access to certain information or networks. Willful or repeated violations of this Policy may result in dismissal from the University.


Revision History





Responsible University Office

Approved By



Provost Office

Provost Barry Brown