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Policy on Appropriate Use of Computers in the University Libraries

All computers in public areas in the University Libraries are funded through the technology fee assessed of all students attending the University.  While the primary use of computers and electronic resources is to support the academic needs of the campus, Norlin and the branch libraries have a number of computers available for use by walk-in users not affiliated with the university.

 

Use of these computers by walk-in users for educational and research purposes is allowed within certain limits.

The following actions are prohibited:

 

  • Violating copyright laws or database licensing restrictions;
  • Accessing or distributing material that is obscene or pornographic in nature;
  • Bypassing security protections on individual computers;
  • Engaging in any form of hacking or unauthorized use of networked resources;
  • Installing any software or hardware devices on Libraries computers except USB thumb drives for saving content;
  • Disassembling computers or disconnecting network or power cables from computer or wall.

Additionally:

 

  • Any charges accrued using online resources are the responsibility of individual users.
  • The Libraries does not encrypt data sent or received through its Internet services so the connection should not be considered secure.
  • Priority of use for computing resources is given to students, faculty, and staff.  Priority is also given to users of government depository information.  Users not affiliated with the campus may be asked to discontinue using computers during peak periods in order to meet the needs of primary clientele.
  • Time limits have been established for public users.¬† Patrons using a computer beyond the posted times may be asked to leave the computer.
  • Security personnel within the Libraries or campus police are authorized to ask for identification when they suspect that a user is not complying with these restrictions on the use of computers or when a user fails to comply with a request to discontinue use of a computer within the Libraries. Security personnel or campus police are also authorized to pursue further action in accordance with University policies.

Approved by Council/ExComm on July 8, 2011