Acceptable Use Policy

Acceptable Use Policy for Reference Workstations and Networked Resources

Purpose:

The reference workstations are provided to support the educational, research, and informational activities of the Oglethorpe University community. These workstations provide access to local resources, GALILEO (Georgia's Virtual Library), licensed content, and the Internet.

Workstations are equipped with 2 USB ports, a 3.5" floppy drive, a non-writeable CD-Rom drive, and a headphone jack. Networked laser printers enable quick, double-sided printing, which is free for members of the Oglethorpe community.

Loaded software includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Adobe Reader, and QuickTime. Requests for additional software should be submitted to the Electronic Resources Librarian for review. Software which is deemed vital for accessing library and research resources will be worked into the upgrade schedule. Users requiring more specialized hardware or software needs should visit other campus computer labs or consult with ITS.

The use of library computers and networked resources is governed by this document, other relevant library and university policies, including the ITS Email and Computer Usage Policy, and all applicable federal, state, and local laws.

Usage Guidelines:

  • Individuals are responsible for using the library's workstations in an ethical, respectful, and lawful manner.
  • Research instruction provided by library staff to groups and individuals has priority over all other activities.
  • Activities supporting the educational and research goals of the university community are primary. Secondary uses (which include game playing, online banking, and personal email) may be prohibited if they are interfering with primary activities.
  • Current students, faculty, and staff of Oglethorpe University have priority. The library also extends user privileges to authorized ILU patrons from other ARCHE institutions, Oglethorpe alumni, community borrowers, and other visitors as resources permit.
  • During peak times when computer workstations are in demand, reasonable time limits may be imposed. Users are automatically logged off after 15 minutes of inactivity. Locked, unattended workstations are rebooted if others are waiting.
  • Workstations are rebooted at least once daily. Reboots erase any saved files and restore original configurations. Users are advised to periodically save their work somewhere other than on workstation hard drives.

Unacceptable Uses:

  • Users may not violate copyright laws and fair use provisions, software licenses, or any other state or federal law governing intellectual property. Inappropriate reproduction and/or distribution of copyrighted music, movies, computer software, text, images, etc. is strictly prohibited.
  • Uses may not break into, tamper with, steal, copy, damage, or otherwise alter computer software and hardware.
  • Users may not introduce viruses or download additional software onto library workstations. Requests for additional software should be submitted to the Electronic Resources Librarian for evaluation.
  • Inappropriate activities include disrupting the work of others, wasting resources, and anything in violation of state or federal law or university policies.

Enforcement:

Unauthorized or inappropriate use of library workstations and resources is prohibited and is grounds for sanctions which can include suspension or loss of computing and/or library privileges, disciplinary action, or legal action.