Computer use is limited to classroom, course related, or personal education use. Personal educational use includes such things as electronic mail, writing your resume, writing personal correspondence, use of library systems, use of other information systems, learning a software package or computer language, etc. Computer use is restricted to non-profit use only, and no commercial use of any kind is allowed. If you have any questions about your plans for computer use, you should talk with a consultant before starting your project.
Computer use is limited to the person who paid the fee. This means that you may not do work for another person, including another student. Group projects in the computer labs, where several students work together, are only allowed if all students in the group pay the Lab Access fee. You cannot allow other people access to lab computers or central system services with your ID or password.
UMD will make every effort to provide computers and computer services to meet the student and coursework demands. However, there are reasonable upper bounds on computer usage. Excess amounts of central processor time will be monitored. If long lines exist for computers limits of one hour per session may be enforced.
Absolutely no software piracy will be tolerated. Any student caught copying or distributing copyrighted materials will immediately have their access to the computer lab areas revoked and will be referred to the Student Conduct Code Coordinator.
Absolutely no physical abuse of equipment will be tolerated.
Absolutely no misuse of central systems, the network, or other systems on the network will be tolerated. This includes, but is not limited to: breaking into, halting, slowing down, or breaking security of the network or systems on the network (or efforts or attempts at doing these things); abusing another person's data or account; harassment or abuse of other users on the network or systems on the network.
Acceptable use of network services will be based on established policy.
Personal use of computing equipment is limited to off hours or slow periods. Course-related computing takes precedence over personal computing, and a consultant may ask those who are not doing course-related work in the labs to give up their computer. When the lab is over 75% full, or the network is heavily loaded, computer use will be limited to course-related academic work only. No personal or recreational computing (including game playing) during these times.
The consequences for breaking any of the above rules will depend on the seriousness of the offense. Serious offenses will be referred to the Student Conduct Code Coordinator immediately. Depending on the severity of actions, the following series of events could occur: