Chapter 5– Internet Use

5.1 Campus Internet Policies
5.2 Library Computer Workstations
5.3 Printing Guidelines

5.1 Campus Internet Policy
At Gaston College, Technology Services has provided equipment and access for students, faculty and staff to connect to the Internet. The College wants the Internet to be an effective resource that adheres to the mission of the College. Users of Gaston College’s computer services are expected to abide by the Acceptable Usage Policy of the College, which is intended to preserve the utility of the system, to protect the privacy and work of students, faculty, and staff, and to preserve the right to access the international networks to which the College systems are connected.

5.2 Library Computer Workstations
Library computers are for “Research and Educational” purposes only.

In order to maintain an efficient and appropriate use of the workstation area and computers in the libraries, users must adhere to guidelines of appropriate and responsible use as outlined below:

  • The computer workstations are for the sole use of College faculty, staff, students, and other authorized users. They are primarily for educational purposes, including but not limited to, instructional and research needs. However, library instructional classes will take precedence. Signage will be posted accordingly.
  • Displaying sexually explicit and/or pornographic materials on the computer screen is a violation of Gaston College acceptable use policy. Users will be asked to close the sites and leave the workstation area.
  • It is unacceptable use of the workstation area if users unlawfully use the computers to disseminate fraudulent, obscene, harassing, or threatening messages.
  • It is unacceptable use of the workstation area if users connect non-college owned computers – laptop, desktop, or other non-college owned peripheral devices to the college LAN.
  • It is unacceptable use of the workstation area if users indulge in the modification or removal of equipment or software.
  • It is unacceptable use of the workstation area if users violate copyright laws or license agreements. See United States code Title 17
  • Violation of this policy may result in the suspension of such user from the library workstation area, and a referral will be sent to the Vice President of Student Services for possible disciplinary action, which may lead to suspension, termination or expulsion from the college.
  • Use of e-mail and other Web-related sites should be for purposes of communicating or documenting class or educational related activities.

5.3 Printing Guidelines
Printers are provided at the Gaston College Libraries for the purpose of printing materials related to class work, research, and other education related activities. Users are asked to comply within reason with regard to wasteful printing, large print jobs, or printing inappropriate or non-school related materials.

Library staff reserves the right to refuse to release print jobs that do not follow the above guidelines.

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