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ARCC clusters and other resources (the resources) are made available to the University community, and as such are covered by the general University Acceptable Use Policy (AUP). All users of ARCC resources are required to adhere to the campus AUP in addition to the policies specific to the ARCC resources. You should read and familiarize yourself with the University AUP.


In addition to the University AUP, the ARCC resources have their own policies which are available at ARCC Policies. The use of any ARCC resource requires compliance with all General Policies linked from this page and any Resource-Specific Policies that apply to that particular ARCC resource.


  • Research use: ARCC resources may only be used for research activities. The following categories of use (without limitation) are prohibited:

    • for personal or private benefit,

    • to support illegal, fraudulent, or malicious activities,

    • to facilitate any transaction that would violate U.S. export control regulations.

  • User Data Requirements: Users of ARCC resources agree to store only data that meets the following conditions:

    • is research data,

    • is NOT covered by HIPAA or FERPA,

    • does NOT contain personal information such as credit info, entertainment media, illicit material, SSNs or similar personal data,

    • does NOT contain copyrighted material that the user doesn’t have appropriate rights to.

  • Comply with requests from ARCC: You are required to promptly comply with all direct requests from ARCC staff regarding the use of the ARCC resources. This includes requests to reduce disk space consumption or refrain from particular actions. We purposefully are trying to keep the list of rigid policy rules as short as possible in order to facilitate the use of these research tools in novel and creative ways. However, when we encounter behavior or practices which are interfering with the ability of others to use shared resources, we will step in and require your prompt compliance with such requests.

  • Monitor the email address for your account: You are required to monitor your email address or if you are an external collaborator, the email address provided when your account was established. You can read email on a campus mail system, or forward it to another address or email system which you do read, but that is the address at which system staff will contact you should the need arise.

  • Provide notification:

    • ARCC users must immediately notify upon the awareness that any of the accounts used to access ARCC resources have been compromised.

    • ARCC users should promptly inform UW of any changes in their contact information.

    • Upon actual or suspected loss, disclosure, or compromise of the two-factor authentication physical or virtual token and associated password, account holders must immediately notify the University Security Office ( The two-factor authentication token may not be transferred to another person.


ARCC use by foreign nationals is generally permitted regardless of whether access to ARCC resources is from the United States or abroad. However, the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) regulations prohibit the of ARCC resources by citizens of Cuba, Iran, Syria, or Sudan while residing and/or working in one of those countries.


The use of UW/ARCC resources to store, manipulate, or remotely access information, software, or data (materials) that require additional controls or that could negatively impact or compromise administrative and business operations of ARCC resources requires prior written approval from the University. Such materials include, but are not limited to, export-controlled software or technical data subject to Export Administration Regulations (EAR) or International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR); Personally Identifiable Information (PII) or health information subject to the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and materials subject to "Official Use Only" or similar government restrictions.


  • Users who leave UW: ARCC reserves the right to remove any data at any time and/or transfer data to other individuals (such as Principal Investigators working on a same or similar project) after a user account is deleted or permanently deactivated, or a user no longer has an association with UW/ARCC.

  • Data backups:

    • Although ARCC takes steps to ensure the integrity of stored data, ARCC does not guarantee that data files are protected against destruction. ARCC users should read the information on data retention, backups, and data deletion in any applicable policies for the ARCC resources they use, and make backups of necessary data and software in an archive system or at other sites.

    • In some cases, ARCC may elect to make backup copies of some data files. When backup copies are made, ARCC reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to hold such backup copies indefinitely or to delete them.