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Computer Usage Policy
Posted by Pamela Kistler-Osborne on 07 February 2012 04:36 PM

Goshen College Computer Lab Usage Policy

ITS maintains high quality public computing facilities across campus for the purpose of making institutionally licensed software available to students and faculty, for research, writing, study and collaboration. To help ensure our labs enhance the academic mission of Goshen College, we ask the community to adhere to the following guidelines:


  1. GC Computer labs may be used only by members of the Goshen College community, including current students, staff, and faculty. If you wish to use a computer, but you are not a member of the Goshen College community, please ask the ITS Help Desk for assistance.
  2. Please carry your Goshen College ID card with you while using the lab. You may be asked to present it at any time, and if you don't have it with you, you may be asked to leave the lab.
  3. You must have a valid Goshen College network account in order to use lab computers. If you are new to the college you should have received information information about your account from Admissions (students) or Human Resources (employees).
  4. You may not share your username or password with another user, and you may not use your network account to log another person into a lab computer, even if that person is a trusted friend or family member. To do is a violation of the college Acceptable Use Policy, which is binding for all users of the Goshen College Network.
  5. Academic work by current Goshen College students takes precedence over all other uses of the lab, including but not limited to non-academic games, chatting, email, or web surfing. A user engaged in non-academic activity may be asked to give up his/her computer to allow another user to carry out legitimate academic work.
  6. Equipment is first come, first served, and cannot be reserved. Please do not attempt to reserve a computer by leaving your belongings around it. If a station is left unattended for 15 minutes or more, ITS staff may log you out of the computer, move your belongings, and another user may have access to the computer.
  7. Please do not leave your personal belongings unattended. ITS staff are not responsible for lost, stolen, or moved items. It is your responsibility to keep your own property safe and secure.
  8. Lost & Found items are stored for a short period of time at the Help Desk, and then are placed in the campus lost and found,
  9. You may not install software on lab computers, including but not limited to games, ICQ or instant messengers, media players, etc. If you need a specific piece of software for academic purposes, please talk to a staff at the Help Desk to find out the appropriate procedure for having it installed.
  10. Please do not reconfigure computers, personalize desktops, or alter another user's files. Please do not move computers or tamper with their cables. If you have a legitimate reason for wanting to alter a computer station, please ask a staff member at the Help Desk to find out the appropriate procedure.
  11. Lab computers are rebuilt periodically, wiping out all locally saved files. To ensure that your personal files do not get destroyed, please do not save them to lab hard drives. Instead, save them to your Home Directory (M: Drive) or a removable media such as a flash drive or writable CD.
  12. Use of the computer facilities should not hamper or interfere with the ability of other students to do academic work. Activities to be avoided include but are not limited to excessive computer volume, loud conversation or laughter, use of offensive language, viewing of offensive or explicit imagery, cell phone calls, and other disruptive behavior.
  13. Be courteous to your fellow lab patrons by turning off your pager or cell phone ringer, and by taking all personal conversations and/or cell phone calls outside the lab.
  14. Please do not put special paper into the paper trays of the lab printers. The wrong paper can cause printer problems. If you would like to print on special paper, please ask a staff member at the Help Desk for assistance.
  15. Keep our computer lab clean! Please dispose of your own trash, and pack out any items that you brought in.
  16. Food and drink are not permitted in the lab. Items can be stored at the Help Desk until you leave the lab. 
  17. Children under 10 years of age are not permitted in the lab without adult supervision.
  18. Viewing of pornography or other sexually explicit materials in the lab is not appropriate. If anyone in the lab sees you engaging in such activity, you may be asked to stop the activity immediately and/or leave the computer lab. If you have legitimate academic need for viewing such materials (as verified by your instructor), please ask a staff member at the Help Desk about arranging a more private location where other lab patrons will not be disturbed by your activity.
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