|Laptop Computer Borrowing Policy|
George I. Alden Library
Quinsigamond Community College
Student Laptop Computer FAQ
Who is eligible to borrow an Alden Library laptop?
· Only currently enrolled QCC students whose Alden Library accounts are in good standing.
Where do I go to check out a laptop?
· Alden Library Circulation Desk on the 2nd floor of HLC
What identification is required?
· You are required to leave your current valid QCC student ID card at the Circulation Desk for the entire borrowing period. The ID will be returned to you when the laptop is returned.
How long does it take to sign up for a laptop?
· It takes a few minutes to do the first sign-up since you must register for the program, sign the Student Laptop Computer Borrowing Agreement, and be shown how to log into the laptop. After the first time you register each semester, you will not have to do this step again and the sign in process is quick. (You are required to have a signed Student Laptop Computer Borrowing Agreement on file for each academic semester.)
Where can the laptops be used?
· The laptop program was conceived as a way of offering computers for groups using the group study rooms. There are more laptops than group study rooms, so individual students who want to use a laptop elsewhere on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Harrington Learning Center (HLC) may do so.
What software is on the laptop?
· Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Access, as well as Internet Explorer, are installed on every laptop. Do not add, delete, or change any programs, applications, files, screen savers, or bookmarks.
How long can I use the laptop?
· Laptops may be checked out for a maximum of two hours and are available on a first come first served basis. The laptops have only about 2 hours of battery power so, if you are working on a document, you will need to save to your external drive frequently.
What hours are the laptops available?
· Laptops are available whenever the library is open, but must be returned to the Circulation Desk 30 minutes before closing regardless of checkout time. Please ask for a bookmark with the library’s hours when you pick up the laptop.
May laptops be reserved in advance?
· A laptop for use in a group study room may be reserved in advance by the student who booked the group study room.
What responsibility do I have for a laptop?
· Laptops must not be left unattended at any time. HLC staff observing an unattended HLC laptop will take it to the Circulation Desk. If you need to leave the laptop for a few minutes, it can be “parked” at the Circulation desk.
What should I do with the laptop if the building is evacuated for a fire alarm?
· If there is an emergency evacuation of the building, carry the laptop with you outside. You are responsible for the laptop. Circulation staff will have your ID outside and will swap the laptop for your ID.
What happens if the laptop is stolen or damaged while I have it signed out?
· Immediately report any loss or damage to the Circulation Desk staff. You could be charged up to the full replacement cost ($1200) if a laptop charged out to you is lost or damaged. A hold could be placed on your QCC student account (preventing future registration or issuing of transcripts) until arrangements are made to pay the replacement cost.
What happens if I keep a laptop beyond the two hour check out period?
· The battery will be dead. You may check out another fully charged laptop if one is available.
What training will I receive to use the laptop?
· Training will cover how to:
1. turn the laptop off and on
2. mute the laptop if it will be used in a public space
3. access the student account
4. open a word processing document and the Web
6. save documents to an external drive (flash drive, thumb drive, USB drive)
7. shut off the computer
Where will the documents print?
· After you name your print job, you may retrieve the document at either of two print stations in the Learning Center: one on the 3rd floor in the Reference area, the other on the 2nd floor in the Individualized Learning Center. Both require a print card to pay for the print outs.
How may I save documents?
· All data will be removed from the laptops after each use so you will need to save your work to an external drive (flash drive, thumb drive, USB drive). Of course you may e-mail documents to your e-mail account if that is easier for you to do.
What is the chance that my flash drive will get a virus from the laptop?
· QCC uses updated virus checkers but we will not be held responsible if a virus is transferred to your external drive.
What else should I know?
· As with all campus computers, you must comply with the QCC Information Systems Acceptable Use Policy.
Quinsigamond Community College
Information Systems Acceptable Use Policy
The Quinsigamond Community College Information System has been designed and developed to support and enhance information resources for the students, faculty, and staff of Quinsigamond Community College in their College related activities. This is accomplished by providing computing facilities including electronic mail capabilities, Internet access, and appropriate data access for on-campus use of the College community. The intent of this policy is not to limit usage but to ensure stability of both the Academic and the computing environment. As such, this policy is a dynamic document that will be modified as needed. This policy applies to all members of the College community and refers to all electronic resources at the College. Resources provided as part of the College’s Information system, including, but not limited to, electronic mail capabilities, Internet access, and appropriate data access, may be used only for College business, and/or for purposes specifically authorized by the College. Any person who uses the College Information System consents to all of the provisions of this policy and agrees to comply with all of its terms and conditions and with all applicable state, federal, and international laws and regulations.
Violators of College policies are subject to disciplinary action, including but not limited to loss of computer and network access privileges. All actions may be appealed by the user according to the established College appeal process.
1. All systems hardware and software are the property of Quinsigamond Community College and subject to audit by the College and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
2. Quinsigamond Community College may, at its own discretion, examine, move, or delete files, including electronic mail, for purposes of system maintenance or if the files are determined to be disruptive to the system or its users, intentionally or unintentionally. (See Appendix D)
3. The school makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the services it is providing.
4. The College will not be responsible for any damages suffered while on this system including loss of personal data due to system outages or irresponsible use.
5. Quinsigamond Community College is not responsible for offensive material obtained by any user using college information systems.
III. Information System Acceptable Use Policy
IV. Electronic Mail Policy
V. Prohibition on Viewing or Distributing Obscene Materials
A user may not access, download, store, or transmit obscene materials through the College’s computer network system.
VI. Acceptance of Personal Responsibility
The user is solely responsible for all materials viewed, stored, or transmitted from QCC-based computers. QCC expects, however, that users will comply with all College rules and state and federal laws related to Internet use. Failure to do so may result in the suspension or revocation of a user’s access privileges and disciplinary measures, including the possibility of civil and/or criminal liability as described in Appendix C.
Information Systems Acceptable Use Policy
Pursuant to Massachusetts Campaign Finance Laws, no governmental resources (including computers, fax machines, modems, printers and/or copy machines) may be used by any person (including a public employee, whether during work hours or otherwise) in order to promote or oppose a political candidate or ballot question or for the purpose of disseminating materials that advocate a particular vote on a ballot question or a political candidate. Further, in addition to the prohibition of any type of political fundraising on State property, a public employee is prohibited from soliciting or receiving, directly or indirectly, any contribution for any political purpose.
No member of the community, under any circumstances, may use Quinsigamond Community College’s computers or networks to libel, slander, or harass any other person. The following shall constitute computer harassment: (1) using the computer to annoy, harass, terrify, intimidate, threaten, offend or bother another person by conveying obscene language, pictures, or other materials, or threats of bodily harm to the recipient or the recipient’s immediate family; (2) using the computer to contact another person repeatedly with the intent to annoy, harass, or bother, whether or not any actual message is communicated, and/or where no purpose of legitimate communication exists, and where the recipient has expressed a desire for the communication to cease; (3) using the computer to contact another person repeatedly regarding a matter for which one does not have the legal right to communicate, once the recipient has provided reasonable notice that he or she desire such communication to cease; (4) using the computer to disrupt or damage the academic research, administrative, or related pursuits of another; and (5) using the computer to invade the privacy, academic or otherwise, of another or the threatened invasion of privacy of another.
Any user that violates this policy will be subject to disciplinary action. Further, inappropriate use, whether intentional or not, may result in civil and/or criminal liability, and/or a violation of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, Massachusetts Wiretap and/or Privacy Laws, defamation, copyright and/or trademark infringement laws and/or sexual harassment and discrimination laws.
Authority to perform audit and discovery procedures can only be given by the President or the President’s Designee. Occasionally, to preserve system security and stability, it is necessary to perform actions that result in the loss of data or the removal of software. Whenever possible the user will be notified prior to any action taking place. However, if system security or stability is at risk, the action will be performed first and the user will be notified at the earliest possible convenience.
George I. Alden Library, Quinsigamond Community College, 670 West Boylston St., Worcester, MA 01606 (508) 854-4366
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Updated October 5, 2009