All computer users (staff, students, and others) are expected to be responsible for their own behaviour on the computer system, including the Internet, just as they are anywhere else in the college. Users are reminded that their actions can represent the entire college community. This includes materials they choose to access, language they use, ideas they express, and other actions which they take.
If you are unsure of what to do, for instance in the case of an error message, a web site offer, a strange e-mail, a hardware malfunction, etc., ask a lab supervisor. It is better to wait and ask, than to take an action which will endanger yourself, the computer, or the network.
So that everyone can concentrate, noise must be kept to a minimum. Please do not let your phone ring, have conversations, or listen to music without headphones in the lab.
Students are not allowed in the open access lab when they have scheduled classes.
Because the labs are air conditioned, doors and windows must be kept closed. This is also to prevent insects which can damage the computers.
Outside of scheduled classes, lab usage may be charged for, in order to recover costs. Usage during power outages (on generator power) will be more expensive. For example:
Outside of scheduled classes, lab usage is charged at TSh/= per hour. This is to cover expenses and maintenance of the lab. You will be issued a receipt. The collection and use of these funds will be posted.
Printing is charged at TSh/= per page for all computer users. There are no exceptions. There is a free printer for staff in/at .
It is common that there are not enough computers for the number of people who want to use them (more users than computers). In order to ensure that everyone has some opportunity to use the computers, please limit computer use to one hour, if there are people waiting.
In order to manage this process, please observe the following:
Please be respectful of your fellow students and help ensure that everyone has a fair chance to use the computers.
Do not try to repair equipment yourself. If you encounter problems with equipment, you should report this to the lab supervisor.
Smoking, drinking, or eating in the lab can damage the equipment and attract insects or rodents.
Please keep the lab neat; clean up any messes, use rubbish bins, and leave equipment and furniture properly arranged.
Controversial content (e.g. pornography) is not appropriate in an academic setting. Users should expect that their browsing history will be recorded, and might be examined by system administrators. For more details, see the ICT Policy and sections below on Web and E-Mail Usage.
Each user must have his or her own account. Accounts are not to be shared. This is for accountability and security. You must log out when you leave.
Users should not access other people's files unless permission has been given by the file's owner.
Programs (e.g. Yahoo Chat) may NOT be downloaded and installed from the internet. If you are unsure whether a web page is downloading a program, please ask a lab supervisor. This is for security and uniform lab maintenance.
Personal program files may NOT be installed. This is for licensing and security reasons.
Personal work files, such as documents, may be brought into the lab, but must be scanned for viruses prior to use, to prevent system infection. Ask a lab supervisor for details.
Hacking (attempting to gain unauthorized access to secured content, violate system policies and/or permissions, virus creation or propagation, etc.) is prohibited.
Computer users browsing the World Wide Web are expected to avoid offensive materials. Should any user encounter any such material accidentally, they should report the circumstances immediately to an instructor.
Users should expect that their browsing history will be recorded, and might be examined by system administrators.
Users should note that the internet is available to all kinds of people, and that there are many scams and otherwise illegal or immoral activities on the internet. They should be just as cautious of information on the internet as they would be of information heard in the street from someone they don't know.
Bandwidth is a limited resource. When throughput is slow, you may be asked to cease high-bandwidth activity (e.g. music downloading).
Computer users should realize that, in their on-line communications, their actions may be interpreted to represent the college community. Therefore, users should not to use any rude language, or communicate any offensive ideas.
Users should again note that the internet is available to all kinds of people, and there are many scams and otherwise illegal activity perpetrated through e-mail. E-mail from unknown persons should be received very cautiously. You are cautioned against giving out your personal information (such as name, phone, address).
It is forbidden to forward chain letters/e-mails. These are defined as any e-mail which states that it should be forwarded to others. These especially include warnings of viruses, worms, security warnings, etc. Such warnings will be sent by system administrators only.
These rules may be updated from time to time. Updates will be posted in the computer lab and on the web site. Users are responsible for being familiar with all rules, including new rules.
Again, you are responsible for your own behaviour on the computer system. The above rules are not exhaustive, and even if a particular action is not listed above as prohibited, you must use your common sense - if it will reflect poorly on you or the college, if it will disturb others, or if it might damage computers or the network, do not do it.
Violation of any of the above rules may be cause for:
|15-Feb-2007||SIDA/VSO Group -
see ICT Policy for participant roster
|Clarification & Revision|
|14-Feb-2007||Albert Lingelbach||Re-formulation from source documents|
|Kleruu Teachers College||Source Document|
|Morogoro Teachers College||Original Document|