Computer Use Policies

  1. Users in laboratory settings must be mindful of the other users in the laboratory:
    1. Please maintain a quiet environment, unless providing instruction. Avoid disturbing others.
    2. Please remember that some materials accessed may be offensive to others in the laboratory. Avoid commenting on or calling attention to what has been accessed.
  2. Some materials are copyrighted. Users must get permission from the copyright holder AND either a faculty member or a computer services administrator before  “downloading,” copying, installing, and/or using copyrighted material to or with College computer resources.
  3. Users must do their own work:
    1. Leave other users’ work alone. Avoid copying or deleting their work. This policy applies to files independently created and/or email messages. Under Georgia law, invading other users work, copying or deleting their work or creating the impression that they did the work when they did not are each punishable by $50,000 fines and 15 years imprisonment.
    2. Some programs and laboratories require passwords. Users should keep their passwords to themselves. Avoid sharing passwords. Under Georgia law disclosure of passwords can be punished by $5,000 fine and 1 year imprisonment.
  4. Please limit materials accessed (by disk or internet) to those items appropriate to classes, research, or writing of reports. Avoid using College resources for non-College purposes.
  5. Leave things as you find them!
    1. Follow proper shutdown procedures. If you are not sure what they are, ask.
    2. Leave destructive programs such as viruses or “Trojan horses” at home.
    3. Configurations are set up for the specific uses of classes or instructors. Leave system configurations as they are. Only selected members of the faculty/staff are permitted to reconfigure software or hardware on campus.
  6. Users must back up their work to their own disks. It is not wise to try to store confidential work on College resources. These resources are not private. College authorities may review activity on email accounts. Similarly, other documents may be subject to the Georgia Open Records Act.
  7. Use communications systems properly. Let others use communications without interference.
  8. Users must check with and obtain permission from College authorities before connecting any computer to the College’s network(s), server(s), or individual workstations.
  9. All users shall share computing resources in accordance with the policies set for the computers involved, giving priority to more important work or to those users who were “there first,” and cooperating fully with the other users of the same equipment.
  10. While computing resources at Bainbridge State College generally are available, there are times when only authorized users are permitted.
    1. Guests and visitors seeking to use Library, computer laboratory or Student Center computers must register with the appropriate official or have a faculty member arrange for usage prior to attempting to access computing resources. Some laboratories require all users to sign in.
    2. Credit and non-Credit classes always have priority in laboratories. Computer labs have schedules posted providing information as to when or whether there are “open” times for non-class member users.
    3. Misrepresentation of authorization, identity, or relationship with the College for the purpose of obtaining or using computer or network resources will lead to expulsion from the campus.
  11. Think! If what you are sending using the college resources would embarrass you or hurt others – don’t send it. Avoid fraudulent, defamatory, harassing, obscene, or threatening messages or any communications you suspect may be prohibited by law. It is relatively easy to identify not only the institution but also the individual sending inappropriate messages.
  12. Users must comply with the regulations and policies of news-groups, mailing lists, and other public forums through which they may disseminate messages.
  13. Users are responsible for adhering to College policies, and local, state, and federal laws.
  14. Users must not, under any circumstances, release any student information to a third party. Disclosure to unauthorized parties violates the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
  15. Administrators of College systems will perform their duties fairly, in cooperation with the user community, the appropriate higher level administrators, University System polices, and funding sources. System administrators will respect the privacy of users as far as possible and will refer all disciplinary matters to appropriate authorities. Student violation of these policies will be considered a violation of the student conduct code.
  16. A copies of these policies are available in computer laboratories and the College Library. Copies will be distributed to all faculty and staff. These policies should be included in all faculty and student handbooks. And they should be posted on the College gopher and www sites.
  17. Students who feel they have been denied fair access to computing resources at Bainbridge State College should discuss the situation with the Vice President of Student Affairs.
 
 

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