Use Of Public Computer Equipment In the Pollak Library

Public Computer

  1. Individuals may use public computer equipment in the Pollak Library for scholarly research and educational purposes.
  2. Not all uses are permitted. The public computer equipment cannot be used to:
    • Distribute unsolicited advertising or mass mailings;
    • Disrupt or interfere with network users, services or equipment through the propagation of worms, viruses or similar devices;
    • Send intimidating, harassing, threatening or forged electronic communications;
    • Use public computer equipment for commercial purposes or financial gain;
    • Install software not approved by the University;
    • Attempt to bypass system restrictions or tamper with system files, applications or security;
    • Make unauthorized alterations to computer settings or configurations; or
    • Violate copyright law.
  3. While the University reserves the right to inspect or monitor computer activity, the Pollak Library and the University are committed to protecting personal privacy. Be aware that computers and browsers may record Internet activity, making it possible for other users to identify the results of previous searches or exchanges.
  4. Use of public computer equipment is a privilege. Users are expected to comply with the Library's Code of Conduct and all other applicable laws, regulations, policies, contracts and licenses, including those that address obscenity, child pornography, personal conduct, file sharing and copyright use. Users must use their correct name and/or identification number whenever prompted.
  5. The University is responsible for providing a work and academic environment free of harassment. Users must be sensitive to the fact that some on-screen images, text or sounds may create an atmosphere of harassment for others. Any display of images, text or sound that may be reasonably interpreted as an attempt to harass is prohibited. The University may take any steps it deems necessary to maintain an environment conducive to study and research for all Library patrons.
  6. Parents, legal guardians or care givers are responsible for their children's use of the Internet and for intentional or inadvertent viewing or reading of other users' screens.
  7. The Internet contains material that is not timely, legal or accurate, and which some may find offensive, disturbing or controversial. The University disclaims any responsibility or liability for any conduct, content, materials, goods and services available on or through the Internet.
  8. Members of the public must relinquish computers upon library staff request if needed by University faculty, staff or students. Unattended public computers are available for use by any patron. The Library may take additional steps to regulate computer use, such as setting limits on use of computer resources.
  9. When saving information, users must copy information to a disk or other storage device. The University is not responsible for the loss of property or damage to storage devices, data hardware or software.
  10. Conduct that violates these guidelines subjects users to restriction or elimination of access and appropriate disciplinary and/or legal action. Nothing in these guidelines precludes enforcement under any applicable federal, state or local law. The University may, when reasonably necessary to protect the integrity, security or functionality of University computing resources, restrict or suspend access while an alleged violation is investigated.

University Librarian
May 26, 2010