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Antivirus Protection Policy

Version 2.1


The purpose of this policy is to ensure antivirus software is installed to detect, prevent, and remove malicious software from the University’s IT Resources.


This IT Policy, and all policies referenced herein, shall apply to all members of the University community including faculty, students, administrative officials, staff, alumni, authorized guests, delegates, and independent contractors (the “User(s)” or “you”) who use, access, or otherwise employ, locally or remotely, the University’s IT Resources, whether individually controlled, shared, stand-alone, or networked.

Policy Statement

  • All University IT Resources must maintain up-to-date antivirus software.
  • The University provides antivirus software. To obtain a copy:
  • Uninstalling or disabling the antivirus product, for any reason, is prohibited.
  • Individuals who use non-University owned or managed antivirus solutions and choose to use other solutions should refer to the documentation provided with the software.
    • Users are responsible for updating the software to the most current version and configuring it to automatically update virus definitions at least daily.


IT Resources include computing, networking, communications, application, and telecommunications systems, infrastructure, hardware, software, data, databases, personnel, procedures, physical facilities, cloud-based vendors, Software as a Service (SaaS) vendors, and any related materials and services.

Implementation Information

Review Frequency Annual
Responsible Person Director, IT Security
Approved By CISO
Approval Date January 8, 2018

Revision History

Version Date Description
1.0 02/01/2011 Initial policy
1.0.1 01/15/2016 Supersedes version from February 1, 2011. Minor changes for posting on new policy pages on the website.
2.0 01/08/2018 Template change, updated disclaimer statement, updated scope, added IT Resources definition, edits to language using IT Resources, edits to policy statement removing references to specific software.
2.1 06/02/2020 Updated policy statement

Policy Disclaimer Statement

Deviations from policies, procedures, or guidelines published and approved by the University Information Security Office (UISO) may only be done cooperatively between the UISO and the requesting entity with sufficient time to allow for appropriate risk analysis, documentation, and possible presentation to authorized University representatives. Willful failure to adhere to UISO written policies may be met with University sanctions.