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POLICY & RULES FOR COMPUTER LAB

USE

General Use of Computer Labs

No food or drink at computer workstations.

No disruptive behavior.

No moving the lab equipment and/or cables.

No laptops on the wired network (exception: Instructors for instructional purposes). It is


okay to have laptops in the labs and be on the wireless network, they just can't be
physically plugged into our jacks.

No illegal copying of ANY materials.

Keep sound levels to a minimum.

The labs are for KVSHS students, staff and faculty ONLY. We reserve the right to check
IDs.

Computer Laboratory Policies and Guidelines

Personal belongings such as back packs, bags (of a reasonable size) may be
brought inside the computer laboratory. For convenience, big bags must be
placed on the shelves designated for that purpose.

Students are encouraged to be on guard with their valuables (i.e. cell phone,
wallet, and other electronic devices). The Information Technology Services
Office will not be held liable for the loss or damage of any personal property
of laboratory users.
Students must stay at the terminals assigned to them by the laboratory
assistant on duty. Swapping of tag numbers is not allowed. Loitering inside
the lab is also prohibited.

a. Only one student should occupy one computer terminal.

b. In case of group work, the laboratory assistant may allow a maximum of two
students to occupy a single terminal.

No one is allowed to alter the setting configuration of any computer


laboratory facility without proper authorization from the Information
Technology Services Office.

a. Equipment and cables are to be moved by authorized personnel only. Users


are not allowed to attach personal hardware or software in any of the
computer laboratory's network without permission from the Information
Technology Services Office.

b. Any malfunction or damage observed at the terminals assigned must be


immediately reported to the laboratory assistant on duty.

Chewing gum, eating, drinking, smoking, and any form of vandalism are
prohibited inside the computer laboratory.

Games are not allowed inside the compute rlaboratory. This includes
computer-related games, card games and other games that may disturb the
operation of the laboratory.

Accessing PORNOGRAPHIC sites is strictly prohibited.

Cellular phones must be in silent mode before entering any computer lab.
Silence should always be observed.
Any conduct or activity which disturbs the computer laboratory's environment
is not allowed. Anyone causing continual disturbance will be asked to leave
the facility. If the offense done is serious enough, the laboratory assistant
may call the Discipline / Security Office for assistance.

a. Individuals exhibiting hostile or threatening behavior such as yelling,


swearing, or disregarding requests made by lab personnel will be asked to
leave the lab.

b. Display of personal affection inside the labooratory is prohibited.

Computer laboratories are designated for academic use. Students needing to


use computers to complete academic assignments are given priority over
those using the facility for recreation.

Proper decorum must be observed inside computer laboratories. Wearing of


hats/caps and other body clothing accessories that cause distractions to
students are not allowed.

The laboratory assistant has the right to advise any user to leave the
premises in case the user violates any of the policies.

Procedures & Guidelines


Each lab in the UNT Student Computer Labs (SCL) network is operated by one of UNT's
Schools, Colleges, or Organizational Units. This structure exists to better serve the special
academic needs of the students within each area.

As an individual unit, each Student Computer Lab may institute additional guidelines and
procedures to further define the use of its facilities. The Student Computer Lab Managers
(SCLM) committee endorses the implementation of these procedures and supports their
enforcement unless directly in conflict with the policies and procedures of UNT or the Student
Computer Lab network.

1. Admission into Student Computer Labs


o In using the UNT Student Computer Labs, students agree to comply
with UNT's Code of Student Conduct and Computer Use Policy.

o The Student Computer Labs:

are supported and maintained primarily through a portion of the


Technology Use Fee.

are available for use by currently-enrolled UNT students in


support of their academic programs.

require a valid UNT ID for admission.

o UNT faculty/staff will be provided access to the Student Computer Labs


on a space-available basis. Priority is given to students. A valid UNT ID
is required for admission into any Student Computer Lab.

o UNT departments or agencies, wishing to provide access to one of the


UNT Student Computer Labs for special events and/or groups they are
sponsoring which involve non-UNT students, must establish a contract
with the Manager of that department's supporting Student Computer
Lab and pay a fee for the group's participants to receive access to that
Lab.

o All others desiring use of Student Computer Labs should direct


requests to the appropriate Lab Manager

2. Operating Hours

o Student Computer Labs' operating hours can be found in our brochure


and on the World Wide Web at: https://computerlabs.unt.edu/hours-
operations

o Student Computer Labs will be open on days that classes are held.

o Early closings and holiday hours will be posted at least one week in
advance, whenever possible.

o All exceptions to operating hours will be posted in the individual labs.

3. Lab Reservations

o Reservations for orientations, workshops, and hands-on


demonstrations.

In general, orientations, workshops, and demonstrations held in


the Student Computer Labs are discouraged after the first half of
the semester due to the high use of the labs by individual
patrons.

Reservations will be granted at the discretion of the Lab


Manager, within the given SCLM (Student Computer Labs
Managers) guidelines

After the third week of classes in any long semester, or the first
week of classes in any summer term, the total reservation time
must not exceed 15% of the total time the lab is open per week.

Faculty, staff, teaching assistants (TA) and teaching fellows (TF)


of a lab's supporting college or school may make reservation
requests for a Student Computer Lab area. Reservation requests
by persons outside the supporting college or school will be
considered at the discretion of the Lab Manager. Students may
only make reservations through a faculty member.

The main area of a Student Computer Lab, as designated by the


Lab Manager, may not be scheduled as the primary location or
classroom for a semester-long class.

o Reservations for Specialized Equipment

Reservations will be granted at the discretion of the Lab


Manager.

4. Lab Employees

o Each Lab will have at least one employee on duty during hours of
operation.

o Lab employees are responsible for assisting patrons with gaining


access to software, exiting, printing, and saving

o Lab employees may not touch the keyboard.

5. Hardware and Software Platforms

o SCLM, in consultation with SCLC and individual college Deans and


computing committees, will determine and recommend minimum
hardware and software platforms needed to serve curricular needs of
students.

o Each lab is encouraged at a minimum to employ hardware that is


supported by the Microcomputer Maintenance Shop.
o Sufficient on-line documentation for available software will be
accessible in each lab.

o Efforts should be made to purchase new or upgrade existing


equipment and software to state-of-the-art models and latest versions.

o Student Computer Labs will provide access for one or more types of
Removable Storage Media. However, access for a particular type of
Removable Storage Media may be limited depending on a Lab's
supported hardware and/or software.

o Personal Software/Hardware- Labs will try to assist patrons in every


way, however installation of personal hardware/software is not
permitted.

6. Working Environment

o All Student Computer Labs will provide a non-distracting atmosphere:

Cell phones, pagers and other electronic devices should be


turned on silent or vibration mode prior to entering a Student
Computer Lab. When answering or talking on a phone, patrons
will be asked to step outside of the lab.

Lab employees are not able to repair or work on personal


machines i.e. laptops

Patrons may not unplug or disconnect UNT equipment to provide


personal computers with power, network connectivity, or other
such resources.

7. Virus Protection

o All Student Computer Labs will provide virus protection tools, installed
on the Lab's machines, to ensure the integrity of patrons' data and to
protect the Lab's computer operating environments.

8. Policy Abuse

o Lab Managers have the authority to restrict lab access from any patron
who abuses the Student Computer Lab procedures.

9. Abandoned Belongings

o Labs are not responsible for items left behind in the facility.

10.Procedure on the Release of Student Information


o The purpose of these procedures is to ensure the privacy and safety of
University of North Texas students and to provide a computing
environment that supports student academic endeavors. As entities of
the University of North Texas, the Student Computer Labs (SCL) are
required to follow the University's FERPA Policy and Computer Use
Policy.

o Requests Regarding Current Lab Occupancy

To ensure the safety and privacy of all SCL patrons, and to


maintain a suitable academic environment, SCL staff will not
release information via telephone, email, or other electronic
communications regarding patrons currently checked in to the
computer labs. Even in the case of an emergency, SCL staff
cannot confirm the presence of a patron in the lab. SCL staff
may, as a courtesy, offer to take a message, including the name
and telephone number of the caller, and deliver that message
should the patron in question check in to the lab at a later time.
In-person requests for the location of a current lab patron will be
honored for law enforcement officers presenting proper
identification. SCL staff may, at their own discretion, allow
students to look in the lab for friends or classmates.

o Requests from Students

Students wishing to document their presence in a SCL (for


education credit or other purposes) should provide a verification
form at the time of check-out. The computer lab staff will note
the time the student checks out of the lab and the length of time
the student was checked into the lab, and will sign and date the
verification form. The SCL staff make no claim or warranties that
the check-in record is proof the student was in the computer lab
during that time or for the entire duration.

o Requests Regarding Historical Lab Records

Records of lab usage, known as check-in logs, are maintained for


internal use by the SCL. Data from these check-in logs will be
released to non-SCL personnel in accordance with and as
specified by the University's FERPA Policy and Computer Use
Policy as well as state and federal laws. When releasing this
information, only data which meets the minimum requirements
of the request will be released.

o Requests from On-Campus Entities

Based on University Administration policy, the University's Police


Department will be provided with check-in log data upon written
request. Other UNT faculty, staff, and organizational units should
submit their requests for check-in log data to the University of
North Texas Center for Student Rights and Responsibilities
(CSRR). Upon receipt of a written request from CSRR for check-in
log data, the SCL manager will provide CSRR with the
information requested. CSRR will determine what student
information, if any, they will release to the requesting on-
campus entity.

o Requests from Off-Campus Entities

The University of North Texas Student Computer Labs will


cooperate with requests from off-campus entities through the
University's Office of the General Counsel. Requests, including
subpoenas and search warrants, should be submitted to the
Office of the General Counsel for review. Upon receiving written
authorization from the Office of the General Counsel, the SCL
manager will release the information specified in the request to
the individual or organization named in the authorization as the
intended recipient of the information.

11.Terms

o Print Job - a document sent from the computer station to the printer for
the purpose of rendering a facsimile on paper.

o User - a lab customer who is assigned to a computer workstation

o Special Circumstances - Occasions which do not fit within the


procedural guidelines.

o Course work - Studies assigned in the current semester course catalog.

o Removable Storage Media - Any device that is easily inserted into and
removed from a computer which users can write data to and read data
from. Examples include floppy and Zip disks, (re)writeable cd-roms,
and flash memory drives.

o Lab or Labs - Throughout this document, reference to Lab or Labs is


strictly referring to the UNT Student Computer Lab facilities.