The Computer Lab is available during normal business/administrative hours on a first-come, first-served basis. Computer assistance is provided by the Computer Lab Assistant upon request. The use of multimedia equipment may be checked out by the Computer Lab Assistant or the Director of Information Technology (subject to availability). The Student Computing Facility has more than 10 personal computers in an open lab setting for student use. Internet and printing access is provided.
The lab is open to students and visitors Monday through Saturday from 10AM until 5PM.
Admission to Computer Lab is restricted to
- Currently registered students
- Staff and Faculty
- Members of the public with valid accounts (required to use the facility). Please contact the Library or Reformed University to make arrangements for a Library account.
The Reformed University Information Technology Department administers the RU network. These administrators are responsible for protecting the rights of users, setting policies consistent with those rights, and publicizing those policies to their users. They have authority to control or refuse access to anyone who violates these policies or threatens the rights of other users, and they will make reasonable efforts to notify users affected by decisions they have made.
General Rules and Conditions
It is the policy of Reformed University to maintain access to local, national, and international networks for the purpose of supporting its fundamental activities of instruction, research, and administration. Users of the network are to take the necessary measures to safeguard the operational integrity of the systems and the accessibility to other users. No one shall use any University computer or network facility without proper authorization. No one shall assist in, encourage, or conceal from authorities any unauthorized use, or attempt at unauthorized use, of any of Reformed University’s computers or network facilities.
Users must adhere to the following rules and conditions. Failure to do so will result in a warning and/or loss of facility privileges for a period to be determined by the staff of the facility. Users will be held accountable for any damage they cause to the facility and/or its equipment. Equipment / Facility Use Network users are responsible for:
- Using the network in ways that do not interfere with or disrupt the normal operation of the system
- Respecting the rights of other users, including their rights as set forth in other University policies for students, faculty, and staff-rights that include but are not limited to privacy, freedom from harassment, and freedom of expression
- Knowing and obeying the specific policies established for the systems and networks they access
Under no circumstances shall users give any person access to any system without prior authorization from administrators. All users shall share computing resources in accordance with policies set for the computers involved, giving priority to more important work and cooperating fully with the other users of the same equipment.
- Users shall not abuse fellow users, the facility, its staff, nor its equipment
- Eating, drinking, and the use of tobacco products are strictly prohibited in the computing areas
- No animals, except guide dogs, will be allowed in the facility
- Any person disrupting the operation of this facility will be required to leave the facility
- Students have priority over faculty/staff use
- We are not responsible for any lost or stolen item
- The Game Policy (see below) shall be in effect at all times
No member of the Reformed University Community shall convert assets of the institution to personal use. All Reformed University property shall be used, and business shall be conducted, in a manner designed to further the institutional interest rather than the personal interests of individual members of the community. Members of the Reformed University community are prohibited from the unauthorized use or taking of the institution’s equipment, supplies, materials, or services. Prior to engaging in any activity during working hours which would result in remuneration to members of the community or the use of Reformed University’s equipment, supplies, materials, or services for personal or non-work related purposes, members of the Reformed University Community shall obtain the approval of the appropriate administrative unit of the University.
Violations of these policies incur the same types of disciplinary measures as violations of other Reformed University policies or state or federal laws, including criminal prosecution in serious cases.
When playing games, all users must abide by the following rules and guidelines:
- Games have a low priority for facility use. If all machines are in use, or if another user needs to use special equipment on your machine, you will be required to give up the machine that you are currently using.
- Gameplayers must play with the sound off, or use the headphones.
- Gameplayers may not ask someone on a specially equipped machine to relocate so that they can play a game on their machine.
- You may not copy nor distribute any type of software that is not public domain.
- Gameplayers must not disturb other users in the computer facility.
Printing services are provided for students and faculty for University-related business only. Mass production of club flyers, newsletters, posters, is strictly prohibited. If multiple copies are desired students should go to an appropriate copying facility at their own expense.
Software Installation Policy
Instructors requiring software to be installed in our labs must do the following:
- Fill out a request form detailing their software needs.
- Deliver any software installation media or provide website information to download such media.
- Proof of valid licences and number of licenses avalible for us to use.
- Any Installation documentation.
The software installation form and corresponding software must be submitted two (2) weeks prior to the time the software is needed.
Software delivered with shorter lead time will result in a first-come, first-serve basis with an installation period of up to 2 weeks.
Instructors will be notified when their software is installed and ready to test.
Software installed in our labs should be tested at least 48 hours prior to their first class to make sure it is working according to their needs.
Software installed in our virtual computer lab should be tested at least one (1) week prior to their first class to make sure it is working according to their needs.
While consultants can assist users with general computer problems and supported software, consultants will not be specifically trained in the usage of installed class software. The only form of support available to students requesting assistance on the class software will be the software manual(s). Further questions will be re-directed to the class instructor or department, as applicable.
If an instructor wishes to install software needing frequent updates, data revisions, etc, special arrangements may be made. Please contact the Facility Manager or associated staff.