Computer and Internet Use Policy

 

Definition of Terms

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Community user: Non-student NCTC Library card holders. Must live in the college’s tri-county service area (Cooke, Denton, or Montague counties).


Guest
: One-time, discretionary user of library resources. Neither an NCTC student nor a Community user.


Library
: Refers to the library as an NCTC department and includes all four campus libraries currently in operation across the institution.


Minor
: Any individual under the age of 18 years.


NCTC
: North Central Texas College.


Staff
: Library employees.


User
: Any person using or viewing in any way computers, workstations, or networks made available for use by the Library.


Goals

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As part of the Library’s mission to support the instructional programs and institutional goals of NCTC, the Library offers the use of computers to access important research databases, globally available information resources, and technological tools to assist students, faculty, and community members in meeting and exceeding their educational, instructional, professional, and life-enriching goals.


Authorized Use

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Library computers are to be used primarily for college-related projects by North Central Texas College students (including Lifelong Learning students), faculty, and staff.

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Community users may use Library computers according to availability and the discretion of campus staff. Such users may be required to present their library card or photo ID to Library staff in order to ensure authorized use. Community users must abide by all policies and procedures governing the use NCTC computers.

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Guest access may be issued to other users at the discretion of library staff. Guest users must abide by all policies and procedures governing the use of NCTC computers.

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As Library computer lab spaces are considered an extension of the classroom environment (see the NCTC Student Handbook for Specific Conduct Regulations/Restrictions), minor children (non-NCTC students under 18 years of age) are not authorized users of Library computer resources.

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Priority is given to course-related use and users may be asked to yield to others with academic needs more in line with the Library’s primary mission. Computers may also be reserved by faculty for specialized course work at the discretion of Library staff.

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In order to ensure access to Library resources (such as the NCTC Online Catalog or Research Databases), some library computers may be reserved for designated purposes.

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The computing resources of NCTC, including hardware, software, and the network environment, may be used for lawful purposes only. Violation of local, state or federal laws, such as any regarding pornography, copyright, theft, vandalism, violation of personal privacy, and unauthorized access to computing resources, may subject one to possible criminal prosecution. The use of these resources for commercial activity is prohibited.

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All users agree to refrain from conduct that produces an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or study environment. All users agree to comply with policies of the North Central Texas College Board of Regents regarding sexual, racial, and other forms of harassment, as well as standards of conduct for North Central Texas College students, staff, and faculty as specified in the North Central Texas College Student Handbook and, for faculty and employees, by the North Central Texas College Board of Regents Policies. These policies also pertain to computer use by community members. Violation of NCTC Board policies may result in College disciplinary action.

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All users agree to comply with NCTC’s Authorized Use of Campus Intranet and Computing policy.


Remote Computer Access

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Remote access to the Library subscription databases is available to current students, faculty, and staff who have an active NCTC network login account. Community users or guest users may not use such resources while off-campus.


Library Laptop Computers

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Current NCTC credit students, staff, and faculty are eligible to borrow Library laptops.  Library laptop computers are the property of North Central Texas College.

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Students must have signed a NCTC Libraries Laptop Use Agreement during the current semester. Students must present a valid student ID card to check out a laptop. Students may check out laptops for a period of two (2) weeks, accruing daily overdue fines if not returned. Students who lose or damage the laptop or any of its associated peripherals will be charged appropriate replacement costs as well as a standard processing fee. Students who do not return the laptop in a timely manner, or who have damaged or lost a laptop, without paying the requisite fees, will have their library privileges Barred and will have a hold placed on their admissions record. This may result in the inability to receive a transcript or to register for classes.

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A laptop computer may be renewed for an additional borrowing period so long as it is not already overdue and if others are not waiting for it.

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Users should immediately report any loss or damage of the laptop or peripherals to the NCTC Circulation Desk.

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Laptop computer borrowers may not add, delete, or change any programs, applications, files, screen savers, or bookmarks residing on the borrowed computer. Laptop computers may not be reserved in advance, except for authorized NCTC faculty/staff presentations.

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Patron Privacy and Confidentiality

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The library will disclose patron information only with the consent of the involved patron or in order to comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena.

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The library adheres to all North Central Texas College policies which concern the privacy and confidentiality of records.

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North Central Texas College complies with all requirements of the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). http://www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html

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Copyright

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Copyright Law (title 17, U.S. Code) prohibits the unauthorized reproduction or distribution of copyrighted materials, except as permitted by the principles of “fair use.” Except as allowed by those principles stated in the Copyright Law (title 17, U.S. Code), individuals should not copy or distribute either print or electronic materials without the explicit permission of the copyright holder.

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Copying not specifically allowed by the law, fair use, license agreement, or the permission of the copyright holder is prohibited.

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It is the responsibility of the user to acquire copyright permission when required.

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Users are personally responsible for copyright compliance and personally incur the consequences of infringement.

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Library personnel adhere to college policy and to federal laws relating to the fair use and reproduction of copyrighted materials.

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Further information concerning copyright issues is available from U.S. Copyright Office website.