To ensure that activities
within the school conform to the university and national
regulations, as well as local requirements, we expect students to follow the
code of conduct set out below.
National Regulations (Joint Academic NETwork)
JANET is a private, government funded network for education and research.
The Robert Gordon University connects to the internet via JANET and is therefore
bound by their policy and regulations. The JANET Acceptable Use Policy is available
The university has
its own IT policy available at http://www.rgu.ac.uk/its/policies.
This explains the University's IT policy and regulations. It also provides links
to the JANET regulations.
School of Computing Regulations
The computing labs
are for the use of all members of the School of Computing for educational purposes
only. We expect students to conduct themselves in a mature and professional
Students should be aware
that network activity will be monitored by staff on a regular basis without
prior warning, and that access details of all web sites visited are logged.
Remote monitoring is used on the system. All incidents of misconduct are logged.
All students must sign
an acknowledgement indicating agreement to abide by the Code of Conduct.
of the Computer Labs and Student Accounts
Each student has a unique account.
· Allowing other people access to your account is not permitted under
· Change your password on a regular basis.
· Keep your home area (H:\ drive) organised and tidy, with work sorted
· The downloading of audio and video is not permitted for personal usage.
· Ensure other logins, e.g. your Intranet account, work properly before
they are required.
Your Email Account
· Information relating to your course may be posted to this account so
check your Outlook email account regularly. If you believe
you are not receiving mail, please contact the support staff.
· Do not send any offensive or inappropriate emails.
· The sending of multiple junk emails (spam) is forbidden.
· Do not send emails advertising items for sale or advertising non-school
· Virus check all attachments on emails especially those from unknown
Internet access is provided to allow students to undertake their studies. The
following activities are not permitted and any violation of these rules will
result in disciplinary action.
· Accessing of internet sites deemed illegal, inappropriate or offensive.
· Downloading/Uploading of any illegal, inappropriate or offensive material.
· Playing games.
· Using chat sites before 6.00 pm.
Only students/staff of the School of Computing may use the lab machines.
· Do not allow unauthorised users into the labs or log them onto the
· Never tell anyone your password. No one, not
even the support team, needs to know it.
· Do not download or install software of any type. All software installed
on the system is checked to ensure that the various
packages work together. The installation of untested software could
lead to problems. There is also the danger of unauthorised software introducing
a virus or trojan.
· Users must not write, compile or execute any program or process which
deliberately consumes unreasonable amounts of computer resource,
such as programs with infinite loops. If this happens accidentally users must
seek advice on how to stop
such a process.
· Users must not write, compile or execute any program which attempts
to gain access to other users' directories or files, or which attempts
to capture or reveal other users' passwords, or which causes any user to compromise
the security of files or other system resources. Such activities
With the large numbers of students and staff using the labs we would ask that
you keep the workstations and labs tidy in the following manner.
· Do not consume any food or drink in the labs.
· Remove printouts from printers as soon as possible.
· Dispose of any unwanted paper in the recycled paper bins.
· Dispose of all rubbish in a bin - do not leave it on the floor or desks.
· Report all faults and problems in the labs to the support staff in
C13/C14 or the technicians in C9a.
Courtesy to Other lab users
Every student has a right to a quiet, peaceful environment in which to work.
Please do not disrupt the work of other lab users.
· Switch mobile phones off when in the labs. If you have to make a call
please leave the lab.
· Do not disturb, annoy or harass other lab users.
· Do not play music or video items at high volume - please use headphones.
· When in conversation with other uses please do so quietly.
Reservation of Lab machines
No student has a right to a specific machine. There are 200 PCs for the use
of 600 students. Please observe the following rules to ensure that best use
is made of the available machines.
· When a scheduled class is taking place in a laboratory, vacant places
may only be used with the permission of the lecturer responsible
for the class. Students using such places must be prepared to leave at any time
if asked and in any case must not distract the other students.
· Machines may only be locked for a maximum of 10 minutes to allow for
a "comfort break".
· Always log off from a PC and turn off the monitor when leaving a lab.
· Never log into more than one PC at any one time.
Use of Electrical points
The electrical points in the IT labs are for powering the equipment in the room.
· Never disconnect any equipment for the power for anything other than health and safety reasons.
· Using spare power points to charge personal equipment is permitted but should only be done safely (ie no cables trailing across walkways etc.).
There are a several levels
of sanctions, each dependent on the severity of the misconduct and the frequency
of the offence. Any misconduct is recorded along with the relevant sanction.
· Verbal warning from the Systems Administrators.
· Account suspended and the student must meet with the Systems Manager.
· Account suspended and the student must meet with the Head of School.
· Account suspended and misconduct reported to the Dean of Faculty.
must also be aware that any use of the network for activities which may be in
violation of the Data Protection Act or the Computer Misuse Act may be subject
to criminal prosecution.