COMPUTER USE POLICIES
Computer Services and Information
All computer use at the University of South Carolina Lancaster,
hereafter referred to as USCL, must conform to the "Computer
and Network Access and Use" statement issued by the Office of
the Provost of the University of South Carolina. No policies set
forth here may be interpreted as contradicting or superceding that
statement of policy. This statement of use policies for USCL is
provided in addition to those issued by the Office of the Provost
( ACAF 1.39, ACAF
Access to computers is a privilege based on the responsible use
of computer and network resources. All policies included here are
intended to insure a continued tradition of academic freedom, freedom
of expression, and freedom to access information in a considerate
and responsible manner. In keeping with the mission of the University
of South Carolina and USCL, all policies are intended to provide
the widest possible academic and scholarly access to computer resources
and information technology.
The policies included here are applicable to student computer labs,
library stations and individual faculty and staff workstations at
USCL. These policies must be adhered to by faculty, staff, and students
on the USCL campus. Failure to comply with these policies may lead
to loss of computer privileges, campus disciplinary action or legal
The USCL administration refers to the Dean of the Campus and Administrative
Council appointed by the Dean.
The Computer Coordinator is the individual designated by the USCL
administration as having primary responsibility for maintaining
the integrity of the campus network and the maintenance of individual
faculty and staff workstations.
The Laboratory Supervisor is the responsible party who has been
designated by the USCL administration as having primary responsibility
for the maintenance of hardware and software on individual workstations.
1) Users are not permitted to alter the configuration of any campus
network or individual computer software or hardware without prior
approval from the laboratory supervisor for student computer lab stations,
the library staff for library stations, or the clinic director for
the John Morrison White Clinic stations. Faculty and staff are advised
to consult with the computer coordinator concerning the alteration
of the workstation configuration.
2) No software may be loaded onto student laboratory computers
without the knowledge and prior approval of the laboratory supervisors,
at library stations without the knowledge and prior approval of
the library staff, or at clinic stations without the knowledge and
prior approval of the clinic director for the John Morrison White
Clinic. Only with the permission of a laboratory supervisor, library
staff, computer coordinator, or the clinic director for the John
Morrison White Clinic, may programs downloaded from the Internet
be run on student laboratory computers, library stations or clinic
3) Academic work takes precedence over all other uses of the computer.
No computer use for recreation or other personal interest will be
permitted in USCL student computer labs, library workstations, or
John Morrison White Clinic workstations when students are waiting
to work on course assignments or course related research. Recreational
use includes but is not limited to, personal E-mail, chat lines,
computer games, and web surfing not related to academic or research
4) All computer users are reminded that their activities are subject
to the civil and criminal laws of the state of South Carolina and
of the federal government. Possible illegal activities include but
are not limited to: sexual or other harassment, threats, obscenity,
child pornography, libel, unauthorized access to or attempting to
access computers, networks, or student records, and copyright violation.
Copyright violations include the use of unlicensed software.
5) Only currently enrolled students of USCL with proper ID (and
on a space available basis students currently enrolled in the USC
system with proper ID) may use computer laboratory facilities on
the USCL campus. Student computer laboratory use is limited to classes
meetings in the laboratories or when designated faculty or staff
monitors are present in the laboratories. Other use of the computer
laboratories must be arranged by the permission of the USCL Administration.
6) No conduct in student laboratories, at library stations, or
at the John Morrison White Clinic stations will be permitted which
in any way interferes with the ability of others to make use of
the computer resources or which could cause damage to the facilities.
All student computer lab users, library station users, and clinic
station users are expected to show sensitivity to others when viewing
or downloading material which others working there could find offensive.
Conduct which is not permitted includes but is not limited to, shouting,
loud conversation, playing recreational music over computer or other
speaker systems without headphones, and consumption of food and
7) No computer use for commercial purposes is permitted. These
activities include but are not limited to, typing services, bookkeeping,
commercial Internet activity and commercial database production.
Faculty research and document preparation for publication and university
approved consulting agreements are not included in this category.
8) No student files should be saved on campus computer lab computers.
All students are expected to bring their own 3½ inch floppy
discs so that they may save files when using the campus computer
EXAMPLES OF POLICY
The following actions will be considered violations of USC Lancasterís
computer use policy. This list is not inclusive and users are urged
to consult the full policy.
Modifying the computerís operating system files.
Installing, copying, distributing or using software in violation
of copyright and/or software agreements.
Failing to surrender a terminal used for game playing when requested
for academic use.
Using computer resources for illegal activities. Examples: sexual
or other harassment, threats, obscenity, child pornography, and
Accessing or attempting to access information that is private or
protected without permission.
Sending anonymous or repeated messages designed to annoy, abuse
Copying a file from another computer userís account or floppy disk
Using computing resources for commercial or profit-making purposes
without written authorization from the University.
Failing to present current USCL or USC system identification.
Modifying existing passwords or setting additional passwords which
prevent others from making use of the system.
Unplugging and moving devices.
Talking loudly and playing recreational music without headphones.
Eating or drinking.
Use of USC Lancasterís computing facilities constitutes your acceptance
of the above policies. Violations of computing policies will be referred
to the Office of Academic and Student
Affairs or to the appropriate department head for disciplinary
action. Such disciplinary action will be governed by the Student Conduct
Code as stated in the USC Student Handbook or the University
Policies and Procedures Manual. Normally a first violation of
these policies will result in an appropriate warning; subsequent violations
may result in a loss of computing privileges or other disciplinary
action. All violators of local, state, and federal laws may be subject