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Public Workstation Use Policy

Last Updated: 3/8/2017

1. Library public computers are provided to support Central Michigan University's educational, instructional, and research-related activities. Non-academic activities are considered recreational. Commercial gain is strictly prohibited. Academic use is given preference and non-conforming users may be asked to vacate the computer workstation.

2. Users cannot be guaranteed privacy. Since the computers are located in public areas, other users or Library Staff members may observe what is on the computer screen.

3. Internet users in the CMU library building should be aware and respectful of the desire of others not to be inadvertently exposed to material and images they find offensive.

4. Attempting to gain unauthorized access to other user's personal files, account, or search history, representing oneself as another individual, altering passwords, and standing over or watching others as they use the computers is prohibited.

5. The use of the Internet by minors is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian. The Libraries cannot monitor or supervise a minor's behavior.

6. Users must observe copyright laws and abide by Central Michigan University's and the Libraries' software licensing agreements (database leases).

7. CMU Libraries will not be held responsible for users inputting personal data or credit card information since the Internet is not always a secured environment.

8. Users must not tamper with or reconfigure the original computer software. Users must not install, download, or develop software that will hack, infiltrate, alter, or damage the original system configuration. Users must not deface or damage computer hardware. Any such attempt to reconfigure the software or hardware setup will result in the loss of privileges, possible university disciplinary or legal action, and replacement cost of CMU's property.

9. The Libraries accept no responsibility for damages arising from the use of computers or network services. Damage to media or attached personal hardware is the sole responsibility of the user.