Computer Use Policy
Bainbridge College is committed to free/open inquiry
and discussion, the advancement of learning, and the
application of modern technology for personal and professional
development. Students, faculty, staff and administration
are encouraged to explore the capabilities of computing.
Computing resources at Bainbridge College are readily
available in offices, laboratories, and the library.
Because the nature of academic computing tends to involve
a personal relationship between the user and the computer,
it is easy to forget that the user does have responsibilities
to others in an open environment and to those who are
providing the services being used. Therefore, the following
are the policies for computer use at Bainbridge College.
While these policies are intended to comply with legal
and University System requirements and to provide guidance
to users, the constantly changing technical conditions
in computing may require that many decisions affecting
computer use may have to be made by knowledgeable people
at the time they are needed rather than prescribed in
advance. If these policies do not provide the necessary
answers to questions, the user is advised to seek out
one of the people who have assignments supervising computer
Finally, these policies apply to all users of computer
equipment at Bainbridge College: faculty, staff, administration,
students, and guests.
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Computer Use Policies
1. Users in laboratory settings must be mindful of
the other users in the laboratory:
a. Please maintain a quiet environment, unless providing
instruction. Avoid disturbing others.
b. Please remember that some materials accessed may
be offensive to others in the laboratory. Avoid commenting
on or calling attention to what has been accessed.
2. Some materials are copyrighted. Users must get permission
from the copyright holder AND either a faculty member
or a computer services administrator before "downloading,"
copying, installing, and/or using copyrighted material
to or with College computer resources.
3. Users must do their own work:
a. Leave other users' work alone. Avoid copying or deleting
their work. This policy applies to files independently
created and/or email messages. Under Georgia law, invading
other users work, copying or deleting their work or
creating the impression that they did the work when
they did not are each punishable by $50,000 fines and
15 years imprisonment.
b. Some programs and laboratories require passwords.
Users should keep their passwords to themselves. Avoid
sharing passwords. Under Georgia law disclosure of passwords
can be punished by $5,000 fine and 1 year imprisonment.
4. Please limit materials accessed (by disk or internet)
to those items appropriate to classes, research, or
writing of reports. Avoid using College resources for
5. Leave things as you find them!
a. Follow proper shutdown procedures. If you are not
sure what they are, ask.
b. Leave destructive programs such as viruses or "Trojan
horses" at home.
c. Configurations are set up for the specific uses of
classes or instructors. Leave system configurations
as they are. Only selected members of the faculty/staff
are permitted to reconfigure software or hardware on
6. Users must back up their work to their own disks.
It is not wise to try to store confidential work on
College resources. These resources are not private.
College authorities may review activity on email accounts.
Similarly, other documents may be subject to the Georgia
Open Records Act.
7. Use communications systems properly. Let others
use communications without interference.
8. Users must check with and obtain permission from
College authorities before connecting any computer to
the College's network(s), server(s), or individual workstations.
9. All users shall share computing resources in accordance
with the policies set for the computers involved, giving
priority to more important work or to those users who
were "there first," and cooperating fully
with the other users of the same equipment.
10. While computing resources at Bainbridge College
generally are available, there are times when only authorized
users are permitted.
a. Guests and visitors seeking to use Library, computer
laboratory or Student Center computers must register
with the appropriate official or have a faculty member
arrange for usage prior to attempting to access computing
resources. Some laboratories require all users to sign
b. Credit and non-Credit classes always have priority
in laboratories. Computer labs have schedules posted
providing information as to when or whether there are
"open" times for non-class member users.
c. Misrepresentation of authorization, identity, or
relationship with the College for the purpose of obtaining
or using computer or network resources will lead to
expulsion from the campus.
11. Think! If what you are sending using the college
resources would embarrass you or hurt others - don't
send it. Avoid fraudulent, defamatory, harassing, obscene,
or threatening messages or any communications you suspect
may be prohibited by law. It is relatively easy to identify
not only the institution but also the individual sending
12. Users must comply with the regulations and policies
of news-groups, mailing lists, and other public forums
through which they may disseminate messages.
13. Administrators of College systems will perform
their duties fairly, in cooperation with the user community,
the appropriate higher level administrators, University
System polices, and funding sources. System administrators
will respect the privacy of users as far as possible
and will refer all disciplinary matters to appropriate
authorities. Student violation of these policies will
be considered a violation of the student conduct code.
14. A copies of these policies are available in computer
laboratories and the College Library. Copies will be
distributed to all faculty and staff. These policies
should be included in all faculty and student handbooks.
And they should be posted on the College gopher and
15. Students who feel they have been denied fair access
to computing resources at Bainbridge College should
discuss the situation with the Vice President of Student
Bainbridge College Computer Acceptable Use Group
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Computer Lab Policies
In using the computer lab facilities at Bainbridge
College, I agree to abide by the policies and procedures
1. I agree that I am currently enrolled as a student
at Bainbridge College and understand that I may be asked
to present a valid student ID card in order to use the
2. I agree to use the software on the machines only
in the manner prescribed by my instructor. I further
agree not to access those programs that may be on the
machines that I have not been given explicit permission
3. I agree to properly exit all programs and return
the machine to the same operational state in which I
found it. I understand that my instructor is responsible
for providing this instruction.
4. I agree not to turn any of the equipment on or off
unless specifically instructed to do so by my instructor.
5. I agree not to use any of the equipment or software
in any way which might violate the terms of any software
license agreement, or any applicable local, state, or
6. I agree not to tamper with or attempt to modify
any of the equipment to which I have access.
7. I agree not to take actions which might be considered
inappropriate behavior. This includes, but is not limited
to the following types of behavior.
a. attempting to access programs to which I am not
b. deleting files which do not belong to me personally
c. intentionally infecting a workstation with a computer
d. bring food or drink into the computer labs
e. sending harassing material to other users, either
within or outside of Bainbridge College
f. viewing or printing any material, that might be
construed as offensive to others
8. If I notice any problems with the equipment that
I am using, I agree to make my instructor aware of the
problem This includes, but is not limited to, the following:
a. printers that are out of paper or have a paper jam
b. machines that do not function in the manner in which
I expect them to operate
9. I understand that violation of this agreement will
result in punitive action. Any decision made in regard
to a violation may be appealed through proper channels
as outlined in the Student Handbook.
10. This agreement will remain in force as long as
I make use of the computer facilities located at Bainbridge
College. By using these computer facilities, I agree
to the terms and conditions of this agreement.
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Bainbridge College recognizes the World Wide Web as
an important electronic medium that will expand its
instructional, administrative, and marketing functions.
The purpose of the college web site is to further the
mission of the college by providing an electronic information
distribution and communication service. This policy
page was created to clarify the responsibilities of
those engaged in page construction and to promote accurate,
useful, and attractive web pages. Bainbridge College
acknowledges that the Web is ever changing and that
web policies will need to be continually reviewed and
There are two major audiences for Bainbridge College
web pages: Internal users, primarily students, staff
and faculty; and external users, including potential
students and alumni. In addition, Bainbridge College
recognizes that the WWW audience is literally worldwide.
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1. The official web site at Bainbridge College is an
open public document. Information that needs to be protected
by password security should not be placed on any official
college web page.
2. Individual home telephone numbers and home addresses,
photographs, and personal information about an individual
should only be published with the permission of the
3. Official web pages found on the College Web site
include a Home Page, Divisional Pages, Departmental
Pages, and Information Pages. The three highest level
pages should reflect a design consistency. This includes
background, format, colors, minimal verbiage, and a
table of contents. The first level is the BC home page,
the second level is the divisional pages linked from
the Home page, and the third level is departmental pages
linked from the divisional pages. Official web pages
should closely parallel information found in college
publications. Fourth level pages and beyond do not need
to strictly adhere to all the consistency standards
of the first three levels. However, all official web
page should meet the following minimum style and appearance
standards: Style Standards · Pages will contain
a link to the Home Page, to the designed top-level web
page, and a forward and backward line. · Pages
will contain a title. · Pages that require scrolling
will have a Table of Contents (or some navigational
menu). · Pages will stay current. · Pages
will maintain high editorial standards and be factually
accurate. · Each divisional and departmental
page will contain a general description of the unit
and contain an E-mail contact address. Pages will be
consistent with the educational mission of the college.
· Pages will follow the BC Computer Use Policy.
4. Bainbridge College will not maintain individual
student home pages. Student pages are allowable as classroom
assignments under the supervision of the Instructor
for that course.
5. A Web Policy Committee assigned by the President
will meet annually to review web policies. This Web
Policy was developed by the Web Policy Task Force in
1998. All Web activities must follow the policies of
System of Georgia, Board of Regents.
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