Shared FAU Libraries and College of Arts and Letters Computer Lab: Rules and Policies

Computer Lab Environment:

  • The shared FAU Libraries/College of Arts and Letters School of Communication and Multimedia Studies (SCMS) Computer Lab is located on the second floor of the Boca Raton Campus Library in room LY 216 (behind the glass wall). Access to the Computer Lab is through room LY 215 which is the FAU Libraries Computer Commons.
  • The shared Computer Lab is provided for FAU students to complete course work related to their studies at Florida Atlantic University. The Computer Lab is available to all FAU students during the hours the library is open unless the shared Computer Lab has been reserved by the College of Arts and Letters faculty for a SCMS class or production workshop.

Students are not authorized to unplug cables (including mouse, keyboard, monitor or network cables) from the back of computers.  Depending on the current setup of the Computer Lab, the Libraries may provide PCs and/or access to power/network cables for student laptop/MacBook use or to use with other electronic devices.  Students should report any non-functional PC (labeled as Libraries PC) to IT Student Assistants or add an entry to the Libraries PC Problem Log located in the Computer Lab.  Arts and Letters (SCMS) students should create an OIT Help Desk ticket (http://helpdesk.fau.edu) to report any non-functional Mac (labeled as Arts and Letters (SCMS) Mac). When submitting an OIT Help Desk ticket regarding a Mac please remember to include the building and room number (Building 3, LY 216), the Mac station number, and a brief overview of the issue.

When the Libraries PCs are set up in the Computer Lab, they are configured to provide a specific suite of application software that meets the needs of most students. The Computer Lab is not equipped to support all commercially available software. Students may click on the “Self Service Guide for Students” desktop shortcut for a listing of current Computer Lab software.  The College of Arts and Letters (SCMS) Macs are only accessible to SCMS students for SCMS class purposes such as multimedia postproduction work, which may include photo and video editing.

The Computer Lab is a Low Conversation Zone to allow students to use their time productively and with few distractions:

  • No cell phone conversations (if cell phones are on, they must be set to vibrate)
  • No loud voices
  • No amplified music (headphones are required when listening to music or any audible software)

For noise concerns, please speak with an IT Student Assistant or contact 561-297-6911 when an IT Student Assistant is unavailable.

The configuration of the Libraries area for all students in the Computer Lab may change based on the needs of students.  Depending on the current setup of the Computer Lab, the Libraries may provide PCs and/or access to power/network cables for student laptop/MacBook use or to use with other electronic devices. 

When Libraries PCs are located in the Computer Lab and for SCMS Macs located in the Computer Lab, the following rules are in place:

  • One Libraries PC login is allowed per student (more than one Libraries PC may not be used at a time, and Libraries PCs may not be saved for other students. In general, SCMS Mac logins will follow the library’s one login per student and station requisite, except for classroom and workshop scenarios that require other procedures. Such exceptions to SCMS Mac login will be managed by SCMS faculty in conjunction with the College of Arts and Letters College Computing Services.
  • One chair is allowed per Libraries PC workstation. (If students would like to work in a group, group study is highly encouraged at other locations in the library including the Computer Commons (LY 215), study rooms, and collaborative study stations.) Small group/team work is allowed at SCMS Mac workstations if it pertains to assigned coursework, such as collaborative video or photography editing projects.
  • Students must supply their own USB drives in order to save their work to a removable storage device. Anything stored on the Libraries PCs or the College of Arts and Letters (SCMS) Macs will be deleted at the end of the session when the machines (both PC and Mac) are rebooted.
  • Children are not allowed at the computer workstations or other equipment located in any area of the Library. This equipment is provided for scholarly research only (FAU Libraries Children Policy).
  • Student Accounts: All students are required to use their own FAUNet ID and password to login to a Computer Lab PC. All students are expected to safeguard their accounts and not divulge their passwords.

Academic vs. Personal Use:

Students may use the Libraries PCs to check email and to browse the Internet for personal use as long as there are PCs available in the Computer Lab for academic use. If PCs are needed for academic use, students using the PCs for personal use will be asked to log off the PC.
Playing computer games that are not course work related is not allowed. Students playing computer games that are not course work related will be asked to close the game and leave the shared Computer Lab.

IT Student Assistants:

Our IT Student Assistants are available to help students with login issues, starting applications, printing issues, and technical issues with the Libraries PCs.  The IT Student Assistants will assist students to put in tickets with the FAU Help Desk for problems with their FAUNet ID and can provide general information on Windows. IT Student Assistants do not debug programs, analyze output or assist with homework in the Computer Lab. Students should consult their T/A or professor for this type of help. The College of Arts and Letters (SCMS) students should create an OIT Help Desk ticket (http://helpdesk.fau.edu) to report any non-functional Mac (labeled as Arts and Letters (SCMS) Mac). When submitting an OIT Help Desk ticket regarding a Mac please remember to include the building and room number (Building 3, LY 216), the Mac station number, and a brief overview of the issue.

Non-Compliance with the Computer Lab Rules and Policies:

Students using the shared Libraries/College of Arts and Letters (SCMS) Computer Lab must adhere to the Florida Atlantic University Student Code of Conduct – Regulation 4.007.
Loud/abusive language, any unsafe actions such as horseplay or fighting, or non-compliance with any of the above rules will be considered grounds for revoking the student’s Computer Lab privileges. Ignorance of the rules is not an excuse. Non-compliance with the rules may also result in referral to the Dean of Student Affairs, or in extreme cases, to the University Police.FAU enforces statute 847.0135, the “Computer Pornography and Child Exploitation Prevention Act of 1986.”

Questions regarding the FAU Libraries Computer Lab Rules and Policies should be directed to Amy Kornblau, Assistant Dean for Information Technology, Assessment, and Project Management (FAU Libraries).

Last modified at 02/07/2019 - 15:27 PM