Policies and Procedures

 

Learn about your rights and responsibilities regarding the Open Computer Lab.

 

Purpose

The Open Computer Lab is intended to be a quiet study area for students to complete their course work. The Lab is not intended for tutoring, group work, or instruction; students are expected to work on an individual basis.  Please be courteous when you enter and exit the lab, and do not disturb other students at their workstations.  

 

If you require accommodations for any type of disability in order to use the lab, please visit the Accessibility Resource Center website for assistance.  

 

COVID-19 Update

The following COVID-19 related policies are currently in effect:

  • District regulations currently require that all students entering the building be wearing a proper face covering. If you do not possess a face covering, a disposable mask may be offered to you, subject to availability.
  • When necessary, some computer workstations will be reserved to enable users to socially distance from one another.
  • Please do not move chairs from other workstations.
  • Please do not rearrange furniture within the lab.
  • Students may use computers individually, and may not congregate in groups.
  • Students should not be eating or drinking, nor sharing food or drinks while at a computer or the general lab area.
  • Any student in violation of these policies will be reminded of them and asked to come into compliance. Failure to comply with these policies will be grounds for ejection from the lab and referral to Student Affairs.

For more information on GCCCD's COVID-19 policies, see the "Returning to Campus" page, here.

 

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Accommodations

If you need any sort of accommodations for any type of disability, contact the Accessibility Resource Center by phone (619) 644-7112, or their website here.

Appropriate Use

Lab computers may be monitored for appropriate usage.

 

All students must follow district guidelines for computer use, outlined in Administrative Procedure 3720, available  here.

Children

The Lab is a quiet study environment and is not meant for children. Children under age 14 may not use lab computers. Additionally, children may not be left in the care of lab staff, and may not be unsupervised at any time.

 

Board Policy 3840 (here) details district policies regarding children on campus.

Copyright

All lab users must comply with all applicable copyright laws.

 

Copying computer software is strictly prohibited. The use of P2P file sharing systems and/or cryptocurrency mining is not allowed on the college's network.

Courtesy

Please be courteous to others entering and using the lab.

 

Please remember to log off, clean up your area, and push in your chair when leaving.

COVID-19 Policies

District regulations currently require that all students entering the building be wearing a proper face covering. If you do not possess a face covering, a disposable mask may be offered to you, subject to availability.

 

When necessary, some computer workstations will be reserved to enable users to socially distance from one another.

 

Please do not move chairs from other workstations.

 

Please do not rearrange furniture within the lab.

 

Students may use computers individually, and may not congregate in groups.

 

Students should not be eating or drinking, nor sharing food or drinks while at a computer or the general lab area.

 

Any student in violation of these policies will be reminded of them and asked to come into compliance. Failure to comply with these policies will be grounds for ejection from the lab and referral to Student Affairs.

 

For more information on GCCCD's COVID-19 policies, see the "Returning to Campus" page, here.

Equipment & Supplies

You may use your own headphones for sound. If you require headphones you may check them out in the Library.

 

Most workstations have USB 3.1A and A/C charging capabilities for students that bring their own devices. 
Food and Drink
Food and drink are not permitted at workstations. Please finish all food and drink before entering the building. You may be asked to stow food or drink while in the lab, with the exception of bottled water.
Instructional Space
The Lab is not intended for tutoring, group work, or instruction; students are expected to work on an individual basis. Faculty seeking instruction space should contact Instructional Operations for other accommodations. 
Personal Property

Lab staff cannot be responsible for your personal property. Please keep all personal property with you at all times, including, phones, wallets, and purses.

 

Misplaced property that is turned in by a student/staff member may be found at the Lost at Found at the Information Desk for a short period of time.

 

All lost items are periodically turned in to the Campus and Parking Services office.

Quiet Study Area

The Open Computer Lab is an area where students may complete coursework and quietly use the computers.

 

Please do not disturb other students with your behavior, including cell phone usage.

Software

The computers in the Open Computer Lab are installed with a predetermined suite of drivers, software, and settings. The installation and use of personal software is not allowed.

Storage

Lab computers are reset to initial settings each boot.

 

This means there is no permanent storage on computers apart from what you bring with you.

 

Students are however able to utilize Microsoft's OneDrive with Office and their student account. Find out more information on Office and OneDrive here.

 

Students are otherwise advised to purchase and utilize a USB flash drive.

 

Remember to save early, and save often!

Time Limit
We do not enforce a time limit on computer use in the lab, provided there are free computers for entering students to utilize.