Library Computer Use Policy

Computer use shall be consistent with the educational, academic and administrative purposes of the college/district and shall respect the rights of other computer users. Computer use is an extension of the instructional process. Infractions or abuses in the use of the Library computers will be addressed under the current Standards of Student Conduct as described in the Imperial Valley College General Catalog and the Handbook for Faculty Advisors and Student Leaders.

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Computer use is a privilege, not a right. Violation of computer policies and procedures may lead to loss of access to computing resources, as well as to disciplinary and/or legal action.

Computer use is primarily intended for the support of course work conducted for a particular class assignment. Priority for student usage will be given to students working on class related assignments. Personal use such as non-class related e-mail and research will be allowed only as space permits. Chat-rooms and gaming are not allowed.

Students using computers for non-class related activities will be asked to relinquish their workstation when students with class related assignments are waiting. It is expected that this will occur in a courteous manner.

Computer use must be within the bounds of Federal and State law. Specific law covers actions such as, but not limited to: tampering with computer hardware of software, unauthorized entry into computers, vandalism, or destruction of computer files.

Resources available on the Internet may be potentially offensive. Users must respect the rights of others. For example, displaying on-screen images, sounds or messages that create an atmosphere of discomfort or harassment for others is prohibited.

Unauthorized sharing and/or attempting to access computer accounts for other users is prohibited.

Excessive noise and/or creating a disturbance may result in the restriction of use and/or disciplinary action.

Information obtained from the World Wide Web and other Internet resources may be inaccurate or misleading. The college cannot be held accountable for the authenticity of information gathered from these sources.

Technical difficulties will occur. The college is not responsible for any information that may be lost, damaged or unavailable due to technical or other difficulties.