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Procedures for Access and Use of Library Comupter Lab and Internet

  • Mercer County Community College Technology Usage Policy (pdf)
  • Internet Use
  • Open Computer Lab

    Internet Use

    The libraries of MCCC provide Internet access to users as a part of its mission to support the educational, instructional, and research needs of its students, faculty, and staff. Alumni and Members of the community (guests) are welcome to use the Open Computer Lab when computers are not in use or required by students, faculty, or staff.

    In keeping with the American Library Association Library Bill of Rights and the Access to Electronic Information, Services, and Networks: An interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights, the MCCC Library establishes the following procedures and practices.

    1. Valid identification must be presented to the monitor or library staff member on duty in order to use a computer in the computer lab. That identification must be displayed on top of the computer using the ID card holder.
      • Students: a valid MCCC ID card, an MCCC registration schedule accompanied by a picture ID e.g. driver's license or valid picture work ID
      • Alumni: a valid MCCC alumni card
      • Guests: an Internet Access Card issued from the library circulation desks at either the West Windsor or James Kerney Campus

    In order to receive a One Day Lab Pass, you must present a current registration schedule to the circulation desk staff. This pass is issued ONCE per semester to students who do not have a valid picture ID.

    Internet access for students will be limited to one-hour sessions when other students are waiting. Alumni and guests will be asked to logoff and sign out within 15 minutes to grant access to a waiting MCCC student.

    Users are responsible for complying with all international, national, state and local laws and ordinances and college Procedures governing copyright access to any Internet site.

    A parent or legal guardian must accompany any child under age 18 (provided that child is not registered as an MCCC credit student). Parents and/or legal guardians are responsible for any Internet content that a child may view or read when they are in the company of this person in the lab. Parents must sign in and stay with each child that sits at a computer.

    Children registered in noncredit programs may use the Internet under the supervision of staff from the program in which they are enrolled.

    Use of library computer resources and services for other than research and instruction is strictly prohibited and may result in disciplinary action. It is strictly forbidden to access or attempt to access games and chat rooms not related to MCCC-based instructional assignments.

    Please respect the rights of others to learn. Lab/Library staff is authorized to ask you to leave the premises for any form of loud or disruptive behavior as defined in the MCCC student handbook rights and responsibilities or failure to comply with the lab Procedures.

    Users may neither install software on the hard drive nor copy software from the hard drive of any computer in the library. All users must respect the legal protection provided to program and data by copyright and license.

    All users must respect to the privacy and usage privileges of others, both on the MCCC campuses and at all sites reachable by the college's external networks.

    Users shall not identify themselves falsely at any time. Authorization to use and access resources in the MCCC Library is granted to those seeking to use electronic library resources. Users are prohibited from circumventing restricted access programs.

    Users shall not use programs that harass other users, either on an MCCC campus or elsewhere.

    Computer services shall be terminated for users who do not comply with these Procedures.

    The MCCC library will publish revisions of this Procedure and make them available to users.

    Open Computer Lab

    The Open Lab in the Library is available to all registered students for general academic work. When there is space, members of the public (guests) may use the computers. Students and guests must comply with all library rules.

    1. All users must show identification to the Lab Monitor and place it in the slot on top of the computer. Students must have updated student IDs or MCCC registration schedules accompanied by ID (e.g., driver's license or work ID). Guests must show the green MCCC library card.
    2. Everyone must sign the attendance sheet legibly by printing his or her full name, computer station number before using the equipment. No one may sign in or out for another person. Handwriting that is not legible is cause to deny access to the lab.
    3. The college maintains the supervised Open Lab for students to master course-related skills and to complete course assignments. When all computers are being used and students are waiting for an available computer, the following rules apply:
      • Guests (and alumni) shall leave when asked to on a First In First Out (FIFO) basis and be replaced by a waiting student.
      • After all guests (and alumni) are replaced, students who have been using computers for more than 1 hour are asked to leave on a FIFO basis and are replaced by a waiting student. The replaced student may now go to the end of the line to wait for an open computer.

    Only course related work may be performed when others are waiting for an available computer.

    Only college owned software may be run. Users may not load or copy software on any computer.

    Use of the Internet is restricted to MCCC students, faculty, staff, and guests who comply with the MCCC Internet Use Procedure.

    Cell phone usage is strictly prohibited.

    When leaving lab please turn off all equipment at the end of scheduled Open-Lab periods, and computer users shall then leave the Open-Lab facility.

    Food and beverages are not allowed in the Open Lab.

    The Lab Monitor has the right to turn off any computer and/or printer for infractions of these rules, disruptive behavior, or maintenance of equipment.

    Use of library computer resources and services for other than research and instruction is strictly prohibited and may result in disciplinary action. It is strictly forbidden to access or attempt to access games, inappropriate websites, and chat rooms.

    Use of headphones is permitted as long as the sound cannot be heard by anyone else.

    In order to receive a One Day Lab Pass, you must present a current registration schedule to the circulation desk staff. These passes are issued to currently registered students ONCE per semester if you should not have a valid picture ID.

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