Open Computing Facilities Usage Policy

This policy establishes rules, regulations and procedures for usage of the open computing facilities including the Open Computer Labs and Multimedia Classrooms at Fitchburg State University (Fitchburg State). The open computing facilities are property of Fitchburg State University, and are to be used by Fitchburg State faculty, staff, currently registered students and other authorized patrons for teaching, learning, research, staff training and university administration. In addition, as a state university with a mission to serve the region, the open computing facilities can also serve as a resource to the region through academically sponsored and approved programs. The use of these open computing facilities is a privilege, not a right, which may be revoked for violations of the rules, regulations and procedures established by this policy. By using the Open Computing Facilities at Fitchburg State University, the patron agrees to abide by the Fitchburg State Open Computing Facilities Usage Policy as set forth by the Information Technology Department.

Access to the Open Computing Facilities Includes:

All Fitchburg State faculty, staff and currently registered students, and other authorized patrons may have access to the Open Computer Labs on campus.

Use of the multimedia classroom equipment requires the following criteria and procedures:

  • The patron must be an Fitchburg State faculty/staff member or authorized personnel.
  • The Registrar's Office is contacted for room availability.
  • Keys for mediated classroom podiums must be obtained from the Help Desk.

Use of the Open Computer Labs by a non-Fitchburg State organization requires the following criteria and procedures:

  • The intended use must be Fitchburg State academic programs related.
  • The Event Coordinator from Capital Planning and Maintenance must have been contacted for access and logistics.
  • Information Technology must be contacted for special equipment/software needs.

Ethical Use

To respect the privacy and intellectual work of other patrons, unless permitted by the owner of a file or account, one should not read, open, copy or modify any data or information in that file or account even if it is available on a computer in the lab.

Lab computers are to be used for academic purposes. Using a lab computer for prolonged personal online chat, game playing, commercial or for-profit purposes, pornography viewing, printing or distribution, or any other non-academic activity is not acceptable.

To respect the rights of others, one must not use a lab computer to generate or distribute any data that contains explicit or implicit sexual or racial harassment in any form.

The computer labs are study areas. One should not engage in loud conversations or other disruptive activities in a class or non-class setting.

Printers are expensive resources to maintain, and should be used in the following manner:

  • Mass production of documents is not allowed, limit printouts to 2 copies of a document and only 25 pages at a time. Larger copy jobs should be done on a copier or sent to Fitchburg State Press.
  • Documents should be spell and grammar checked on screen before printing.
  • Only lab assistants or designated staff is allowed to load printer paper.

User Responsibilities

To notify the appropriate lab assistant if there is any problem in the computer lab.

To prevent personal data/file loss in the event of system crash, or system refresh on a lab computer, it is solely the patron's responsibility to protect his/her own files by saving them to a removable storage device or network drive (J: drive) at all times.

When using a lab computer to access any authorized personal or shared accounts, it is solely the patron's responsibility to protect his/her login name, password and any other required identification.

When finished using a lab computer, it is the patron's responsibility to remove his/her own files which may have been saved on the hard disk, close all applications and accounts. Negligence of the above responsibility by the patron may result in unwanted disclosure of his/her personal information by others, or any other consequence, which will be solely at his/her own risk.

When using instructional specific software on a lab computer, the student should seek assistance with use of the software from the instructor who has required or approved using the software for a particular course project or assignment.