Acceptable Use of Electronic Communication Devices



To ensure the responsible and effective use of Electronic Communications Devices (ECDs).


North Dakota state government branches and agencies are responsible for developing and administering policies to prevent or detect abuse and reduce legal exposure related to the use of ECDs.


Electronic Communication Device - Telephones, desktop computers, laptop computers, tablet computers, facsimile (fax) machines, video equipment, and all computer and network-related hardware.


The following are examples that can be used by agencies to develop their own policy

  1. Office of Management and Budget - Human Resource Policy Manual - Chapter 16
  2. Template provided by Information Technology Department


The purpose of this standard is to require all who use the state's IT infrastructure to develop a policy that ensures the appropriate use of ECDs.


North Dakota Century Code 54-59-09


This standard applies to all executive branch state agencies including the University Systems Office but excluding other higher education institutions, i.e. campuses and agricultural and research centers.

Statement of Commitment

North Dakota's CIO/CTO directs that IT Policy be created to establish statewide information technology policies and standards as defined within ND Century Code (Chapter 54-59-09).


Non-compliance with this standard shall be reported to the Office of the State Auditor.

Revision Number: 1
Revision Date: 2013-06-09
Effective Date: 2013-06-09
Last Reviewed: 2020-03-11
Number: POL0020032