Appropriate Use of Electronic Resources Policy

The purpose of this policy is to promote the responsible, respectful, legal and ethical use of SUSS’ electronic resources.

SUSS Library licenses a range of electronic resources (databases, journals, ebooks, streaming audio/video, etc.) from commercial publishers and vendors (“Licensors”) as part of its ongoing effort to support the intellectual endeavours of the SUSS community. Access to these electronic resources is restricted to primary affiliates of the University: current students, faculty, associates and employees. Guest affiliates are permitted to access electronic resources on-site.

Use of these electronic resources is governed by license agreements with Licensors as well as the Singapore Copyright Act 2021. Use of these electronic resources is strictly for non-commercial, non-profit, teaching, learning and research purposes (“Permitted Purposes”) and subject to University policies. It is the responsibility of all users to respect the intellectual rights of Licensors by using these electronic resources for the Permitted Purposes responsibly, respectfully, legally and ethically.

Prohibited activities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Sharing your library ID and password with others
  • Allowing access to electronic resources by unauthorised users
  • Copying and downloading substantial amounts of information from any of these electronic resources
  • Using these electronic resources outside the Permitted Purposes
  • Transmitting and sharing these electronic resources beyond the SUSS community
  • Selling, distributing or making commercial use of these electronic resources
  • Using systems and software programmes to mine these electronic resources
  • Acts in violation of the Singapore Copyright Act 2021

Non-compliance may result in:

  • Loss of library privileges and disciplinary action for the user
  • Loss of access to the electronic resource(s) for the University community
  • Civil and/or criminal proceedings against the user
  • University breaching its license agreements with the Licensors and violating the Singapore Copyright Act 2021