Western Nebraska Community College offers computing resources for use by currently enrolled students and employees for educational, research, and administrative purposes. Access to this equipment and resource is a privilege granted to students to facilitate instruction, learning, research, and administration. All students have the responsibility to make use of these resources in an efficient, ethical, and legal manner. The ethical and legal standards that are to be maintained are derived directly from standards of common sense and common decency that apply to the use of any public resource. Students should respect the intended purposes of WNCC's educational computing resources; education, research, or College related activities.
Computer resources are provided primarily for academic activities. Other activities are considered secondary. During busy times, students not using the facilities for primary activities will be asked to give up their access for others needing the services.
All existing College policies and regulations apply which govern student conduct. Following is a list of unacceptable conduct in the College Computer Labs and Classrooms. This list includes, but is not limited to:
- Access or attempt to access computing resources without appropriate authorization.
- HAVING FOOD OR DRINK IN ANY COMPUTER LABS AND CLASSROOMS. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY PROHIBITED.
- Displaying obscene, lewd or sexually harassing images or text.
- Use of computing resources for personal or corporate profit. These facilities are supported by public funds and are intended to be used for College related work.
- Deliberately wasting/overloading computing resources, such as printing too many copies or downloading files to the hard drives.
- Invading the privacy of other users. Students should not intentionally seek information on, obtain copies of, or modify files or passwords or any type of data belonging to other users unless specifically authorized to do so. Electronic mail should not be used to harass other users.
- Destruction or modification of the integrity of computer based information. Students must not develop or execute programs that could harass other students, infiltrate the systems, or damage or alter the software components of the systems. This includes loading games or other software on the hard drives of the computers.
- Violation of any copyright and/or license to programs and data. Making unauthorized copies of computer software is usually an infringement of federal copyright laws and is almost always in violation of a license agreement.
- Disrespectful or disruptive behavior in the Computer Labs or Classrooms. This behavior may result in immediate removal from the facilities.
The College prefers neither to act as a disciplinary agency nor to engage in policing activities. However, in cases of unauthorized, inappropriate, or illegal use of resources, the College reserves the right to take any action deemed necessary. Violations of these guidelines may result in the suspension of computing privileges; disciplinary review, which may include suspension or expulsion from the College; termination of employment; or legal action.
The College assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of information obtained from sources outside the control of the College. The College assumes no responsibility for the loss of a data on a microcomputer due to computer viruses, other willfully destructive software or as a result of flaws in the application or operating software on the microcomputer. Backup of important data is the user's responsibility.