Lab Policies

1 Ethical use

All users of computing resources are expected to observe normal standards of ethics and polite conduct, including consideration for others and appropriate and fair use of computing resources.

These standards of conduct include:

  • Use computer facilities only for educational purposes -- not for personal use, commercial or financial gain, or recreation.
  • Do not allow ANYONE else to use your account -- even other individuals who have legitimate accounts of their own.
  • Respect others' rights to privacy and intellectual property. Do not read, copy, alter or access data files or software without the owner's consent. This applies to licensed software products as well as users' files.
  • Obey federal and Kansas laws on use of computing facilities and networks.
  • Observe license and copyright restrictions on software and data.
  • Do not develop, copy or introduce invasive or destructive software [viruses].
  • Do not attempt to interrupt system operations or alter system files.
  • Do not execute programs deliberately designed to degrade system performance or deny other users fair access to resources.
  • Do not harass other users by electronic mail or messages.
  • Use off-campus networks only for education and research.
  • Observe all other guidelines in KSU's policy on ethical computing.

2 No food in Engineering Computing Labs

Please do not bring food into our computer labs.  Drinks are allowed if in spill-proof containers. This policy is set by the Dean of Engineering; its purpose is to maintain the cleanliness of our labs and to prevent accidental damage.

3 Your account is for your use only

Your account is issued to you, in your name, for your use only. You may not share your account with others, or permit other people to use it.

4 Academic users and classwork have priority

If you are using our computer labs for general web browsing, reading personal email or other activities not directly related to classwork, please be prepared to yield to others who must use our computer labs to prepare class assignments. In many cases, our computer labs may be the only facility where some class software can be used. Please remember that our computer labs are here principally to support academic classes. During peak usage times, please be considerate of the needs of students to complete assignments.

5 No computer/net games

We do not allow any computer or Internet/network games in our labs, other than the standard games (e.g. Solitare, Freecell) distributed as part of the Microsoft Windows operating systems. We are not opposed to games per se, but we know from past experience that computer games and players can interfere with other users' ability to get academic work done.

6 No inappropriate sexual images

Displaying inappropriate sexual images in our computer labs or the Fiedler Learning Commons is not allowed. This conduct is a violation of K-State's sexual harassment policy ("Any behavior which, through inappropriate sexual content ... interferes with an individual's learning environment") and may result in disciplinary action. Please be considerate of the rights and sensitivities of others in our computing facilities.

7 Do not install software

We do not allow users to install ANY software on our computer systems without permission, period. We know that the world is full of freeware, shareware, and software that comes with textbooks, but because we believe in the intellectual property rights of software authors, and want no illegal or unauthorized software on our systems, we prohibit the installation of software by users. We do accept requests to install software for general use or specific class use; please discuss any such request with a system administrator.

8 No software files except for those you create.

Because we know that pirated software, bootleg audio files, and many other illegal forms of stolen intellectual property are available and Internet-accessible, we require that users store only files that are their own work product. In particular, we allow users to store only software which the user has written themselves, and we do not allow freeware or shareware files.

9 Sanctions

Sanctions Regarding Violations of Engineering Computing Services (CECS) Policies and Procedures

All users of computing facilities (college and departmental) in the College of Engineering are subject to the specified conditions of the Kansas State University Information Technology (IT) Usage Policy and Sanctions regarding violations. The full range of sanctions include:

  1. the loss of computer or network access privileges without notification,
  2. additional disciplinary action (including academic dishonesty reviews),
  3. dismissal from the University, and
  4. legal action.

All violations, including those of first-time offenders, will be referred to department heads who will notify the College Dean and the Vice Provost for Academic Services and Technology. In addition, the academic unit, the College, and the University may report violations to appropriate local, state, and federal authorities.

Approved by College of Engineering Executive Committee, August 21, 2003