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Student Computer Usage Guidelines


The use of computing facilities at Stark State College is a privilege. Users are subject to compliance with certain principles designed to assure that all users have reasonable access to facilities and that the action of any one user will not adversely affect any aspect of the work or computer usage of another.  The College’s Policy on Responsible Use of College Computing Resources, these guidelines and the Student Handbook, as well as local, state and federal laws govern student computing. The use of college computing facilities for purposes that violate the College’s policies, are illegal, or are unethical may result in temporary or permanent loss of privileges, criminal penalties and/or other disciplinary action. The policies may be viewed on the College’s Web site or in the College portal.


Conditions of Use

  1. The computing resources of Stark State College are available for use by students currently enrolled at the College and other individuals granted special access by College officials.  Persons who are not affiliated with the College are not permitted to use these resources.
  2. Computing resources at Stark State College are to be used for educational purposes only.  Appropriate uses of these resources include, course related activity, independent study, authorized and independent research, and the official work of recognized College student and campus organizations.  Users may not exploit these resources for commercial purpose or personal financial gain.
  3. Each user shall be responsible for proper usage as outlined in the College’s Policy on Responsible Use of College Computing Resources.  Users should be familiar with the ethical and legal standards pertaining to computer and network usage and are subject to both state and federal laws pertaining to such activity.
  4. User files left on hard drives or network drives (not designated for your use) are considered public and become property of the College.  Users should save all work to removable media.
  5. Stark State College makes no representations concerning the availability of service of its computing resources nor the integrity or ability to retrieve material placed on such resources.
  6. Stark State College is not responsible for any damages resulting from the receipt and/or transmission of any electronic information.
  7. The College reserves the right to collect, process, and retain appropriate information pertaining to users and use of its computing resources.
  8. In no event will the College be liable for any damages, including lost files, e-mails, or other incidental or consequential damages arising out of the use or inability to use such account even if the College has been advised of the possibility of such damages, or for any claim by any other party. 
  9. Stark State College reserves the right to change or amend the Student Computer Usage Guidelines at any time.
  10. If these conditions are unacceptable to the user, then the user is advised to not take advantage of the College’s computing resources.


Ethics of Computing

  1. Academic Honesty.  Student Users are reminded that computer-assisted plagiarism is still plagiarism.  Please refer to the Student Handbook for detailed information on this subject.
  2. Computer Use Policies.  The following rules apply to all Users, and compliance with them may be monitored.  Users shall NEVER:
    1. Bring food or drink into the labs where prohibited.
    2. Violate any software license agreement or copyright, including copying or redistributing copyrighted computer software or data.
    3. Save work to computer hard drives unless directed by your instructor or lab attendant.
    4. Never delete or copy files from computer hard drives unless directed by your instructor or lab attendant.
    5. Load or run personal software programs or games on College computers.
    6. Deliberately crash or attempt to crash a system.  System crash is defined as the stoppage of a computer system due to a hardware or software failure in a component or system during operations, which renders it unavailable for use.
    7. Install a virus of any type, destructive or non-destructive.
    8. Transmit or print language or images, which in the opinion of Stark State College Officials, are obscene, vulgar, or abusive.
    9. Leave a PC you are working at unattended (SSC is not liable for loss of belongings or loss of PC work).
    10. Use the College's computing resources to harass or annoy others, or to prevent them from legitimately using the facilities.  Specifically, to use electronic means of any kind to send unsolicited messages having obscene, demeaning, and/or menacing content.
  3. Computer Account Policies.  The following rules apply to all users, and compliance with them may be monitored:
    1. Each student is assigned several accounts to use while they are an active student at the College (registered for at least one credit course). The accounts provide access to public and classroom computer labs, student E-mail, the College portal, and the Web learning platform.
    2. The student is assigned a unique and permanent login name that is used for all accounts.
    3. Academic Network accounts are created at the start of each term for students registered for at least one credit class in that term.
    4. All Academic Network accounts are terminated at the end of summer term (this does not include your e-mail or College portal account).
    5. When an account is terminated, all information, files, and any other data the student has stored in their account is deleted and cannot be recovered.
    6. Your student record is permanent and is not terminated.  Students access their permanent record through the College portal.
    7. Users must only use the computing resources and computer accounts, which have been authorized for their use by the College.
    8. Each user is responsible for all activities that take place associated with the use of his or her accounts.
    9. Resources may be used only for their authorized purpose and in a manner consistent with the policies of the College.
    10. Users must not, under any circumstances, attempt to use a computer account or computer resource for which they have not been granted access.  The use of or attempt to access unauthorized computing resources is prohibited.
    11. Users may not authorize others to use their accounts or resources for any reason.  It is expected that authorized users will take all necessary precautions (e.g. regular password maintenance, and disconnection from accounts or resources when not in use) to prevent unauthorized access.
    12. Users must report unauthorized use of their accounts to their instructor, the Director of Academic Technology Services or other appropriate College authority.
    13. The institution reserves the right to terminate accounts at any time for violations of College policies and procedures.


Violations of Policy

  1. Abuse of computing privileges is subject to disciplinary action.  Disciplinary action is governed by the College’s discipline policy outlined in the Student Handbook and may include loss of computing privileges and other disciplinary sanctions up to and including dismissal from the College.  An abuser of the College's computing resources may also be liable for civil or criminal prosecution.
  2. It should be understood that nothing in these guidelines precludes enforcement under the laws and regulations of the State of Ohio.  For example, if a user is found guilty of committing a crime as outlined in the Ohio statutes relating to criminal mischief, he or she could be subject to criminal penalties.
  3. If a user violates the College’s computer policies, a written record of the violation(s) shall be maintained by the Dean of Student Services and, the following consequences can result:
    1. Warning: Alerting a student to a regulation with the understanding that any recurrence of the behavior will result in disciplinary action.
    2. Loss of Computer Privileges: Limitation or removal of computer privileges and accounts, including restriction from the use of computer facilities for a period specified by Stark State College officials.
    3. Restitution for Damages: Reimbursement for repairs to computer-related material, equipment, hardware, software, facilities, and any other cost associated with the violation.
    4. Other Consequences: Other disciplinary action may be taken.


Lab Guidelines

Access to the facilities of the College’s labs is a privilege and users are subject to certain rules governing the use of the lab. Students are also responsible for any damage to lab equipment.


Policy for Student Printing in Campus Computer Labs

Each student is provided a free amount of printing for use in campus computer labs each semester. Computer software tracks each student’s printing on campus printers. If the free specified amount of printing is used during the semester, the student may purchase additional printing credit in the form of “Top Up” cards at the College Store. Print credit remaining at the end of the semester is deleted and does not carry over to the next semester. Your initial print account is “free” and therefore, nonrefundable.


Internet and E-mail Guidelines

  1. The College provides each student with a permanent Gmail account.
  2. Gmail restricts the amount storage space for each mailbox and the size of the email and attachments that may be sent.
  3. The College may filter incoming Email messages and some messages may not be delivered.
  4. Certain types of attachments are blocked and will not be delivered.
  5. The College is not responsible for messages that you send or that are sent to you that do not reach their destination.
  6. You must properly identify yourself as the originator of e-mail messages, and refrain from using e-mail for any purpose that is not consistent with the policies regarding the conduct of students at the College.
  7. Don't send messages or postings that may be construed as abusive or offensive.
  8. Don't send messages or postings for commercial or personal gain.
  9. Don't propagate spam.
  10. Respect the laws governing the use of copyrighted, intellectual property, which includes computer software.


Sources of Help and Information

Help Desk Services provides the first line of technical support for the campus computing community.  You may contact the Helpdesk at extension 4357 (HELP), at the walk-up Helpdesk counter, or by email at

Help information is available in the College portal, mystarkstate, on the Help tab.