Department of Pan-African Studies Computer Lab | Kent State University

Department of Pan-African Studies Computer Lab

a.         All faculty and staff should advise students to make full use of the personal computers in the DPAS Computer Lab.  The University’s computer technicians can offer each student a manual outlining how to use the personal computers and Microsoft Word as well as other word processing applications and software.  Those faculty and staff who need to upgrade their computer skills can also seek help from the University’s Help Desk (672-HELP).

AT THE START OF EVERY SEMESTER, THE CSA DIRECTOR WILL POST HOURS IN THE COMPUTER LAB DURING WHICH HE/SHE OR A CSA STAFF MEMBER WILL BE AVAILABLE TO TUTOR AND HELP STUDENTS WITH VARIOUS ASSIGNMENTS.

Policy

It is the policy of the Department of Pan-African Studies (1) to attempt to provide students with appropriate access to local, national, and international sources of information and (2) to provide access to information resources that will be used by members of its student community with respect for privacy and the public trust.

In accordance with this policy, the Department works to ensure that intellectual property and Department and University records are protected from unauthorized use or distribution.

Appropriate Use

All users of the computer lab’s resources should be mindful of the impact of their participation on the campus community, and should engage in only authorized use and should be abide by standards of good citizenship in general.

Responsible Use

Users of DPAS Computer Lab are expected to use these resources in a responsible and efficient manner.  Users are expected to refrain from engaging in illegal, unauthorized, inappropriate, for-profit, or deliberately illegal or wasteful practices as outlined in the Standard Practice Guide.

General Computer Lab Usage Rules

Computer lab users are expected to follow these basic rules:

  1. All Computer Lab users must check in and out (current Student ID/Lab Pass required).  One Computer workstation per current student user is allowed.
  2. ABSOLUTELY NO Food or Drinks are allowed in the DPAS Computer Lab.  (Anyone with food and/or drinks will be asked to dispose of them OR will be ushered out of the Computer Lab.)
  3. Games are not allowed in the Computer Lab (exceptions are simulations used by the instructors in his/her curriculum or games that come preloaded with the operating system).
  4. Downloading programs from the Internet onto the hard drive is not allowed.
  5. Loading programs from diskette or CD onto the hard drive is not allowed.
  6. Copying applications from the file servers or hard drive is not allowed.
  7. Saving of personal data on the hard drive is not allowed and will be deleted.
  8. Computers are not to be sued by students or faculty for commercial gain.
  9. Altering the software/hardware configuration on the machines will result in disciplinary action against the offender.
  10. All Computer Lab users must use respect of the lab facility and other users when printing, especially from the Internet.   Don’t  print  unnecessary documents.  Limit your printing to what is needed for your classes. Please, no multiple copies without prior approval of the Computer Lab supervisor.
  11. Computer Lab consultants are available to assist with basic computer problems.
  12. Absolutely NO CELL PHONE conversations in the Computer Labs.
  13. Keep your passwords to yourself.  Change your password right away if you think someone else may know it.
  14. Do not save your work to the hard drive – use you Jump Drive or other storage device. (Unauthorized file and programs will be routinely removed.)
  15. Collaborative work and quiet conversations are allowed.  (Please be considerate.  Refrain from loud talking, laughter or music.)
  16. During high demand for computers, there will be no personal or recreational uses of equipment.  (This ensures that students have an opportunity to access the computers for course work.)

Computer lab patrons are required to comply with the University and the Department of Pan-African Studies Computer Lab Rules of Conduct.  Lab consultants have responsibility for enforcing these rules, and will notify lab users if they are in violation.  Failure to comply with these rules may result in removal from the labs, loss of computing privileges, disciplinary review, or other disciplinary actions.

PLEASE  NOTIFY THE LAB CONSULTANTS IF YOU FEEL THAT ANY OF THESE RULES ARE BEING VIOLATED.

Failure to Comply

If anyone refuses to comply with the established policies, that person will be asked to leave the building.  If the individual refuses to leave the building, the police will be called and that person will be escorted out of the building.

Disclaimer

  • Academic Computing is not responsible for any lost, misplaced or stolen items.
  • Academic Computing is not responsible for any lost or damaged disks, files, or data.
  • Computers may crash so be sure to save your data often.
  • Lab Attendants, Proctors, or Supervisors bear no responsibility for lost or damaged information if they attempt to remove a virus from your files or fix a damaged disk.