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Institutional Rights and Responsibilities

 Commons Quiet Study

Daytona State College Retains the right to review email communications, documents, web pages or other materials residing on any Daytona State College Computer Commons device, and/or remove any material that may violate local, state or federal laws or regulations, or Daytona State policy and procedure, which is incorporated by reference into this policy, and to produce such material pursuant to a document request or subpoena served on Daytona State College. Daytona State College retains the right to allocate and provide access to the Computing Commons in a manner that is consistent with the mission and goals of the College.


  1. Users of the Daytona State College Computer Commons are expected to act in a responsible, legal, ethical and considerate manner when interacting with other users both within the Daytona State community and the larger global information community. Disturbing others can take many forms, which may include, but are not, limited to loud noises, verbal profanity, and a disrespectful attitude.
  2. The Computer Commons is located in an open library area, which is a “Quiet Study Area” therefore in order to provide an environment conducive to learning and studying, all Computer Commons users are asked to place cell phones, beepers, laptops and/or other portable electronic devices, in silence mode while at the commons area. As a courtesy to others, and in effort to keep the noise level down, cell-phone conversations must be taken outside the Commons area.
  3. Use of the Commons computers is restricted to ONE PC PER USER. Group projects and academic related work that requires conversation and interaction among students must be completed in one of the Academic Support Centers:   
    • Bldg. 500/R124 Primary ASC for Math, Science, Business, and VPI.
    • Bldg. 210/R102 Primary ASC for Reading, English, Modern Languages, Humanities, Education, Behavioral and Social Sciences.
  4. In an effort to maintain the quality of our equipment, there will be no food, drinks or tobacco products allowed in the Commons area. 
  5. For security/safety/insurance reasons, there will be NO CHILDRENallowed in the Computer Commons area.
  6. All Daytona State College and UCF students currently taking classes will have access to designated area computers. All patrons (individuals that are not currently taking classes or are not affiliated with Daytona State College and/or UCF) will not be allowed in any Computer Commons area. All students given access to the Commons area will agree to follow the Daytona State Network and Internet Acceptable Use Policy, the Daytona State College Student Code of Conduct, and the Daytona State College Computing Commons Institutional Rights and Responsibilities.
        Note:All Daytona State College Computer Commons PC's are for use as research tools in conjunction with the Library. "They are not intended for recreational use".
  7. Daytona State College and UCF students have priority access to the Computer Commons at all times! During busy times, those not working on education related material will be asked to forfeit the seat in order to accommodate a student completing school related work.
  8. Due to escalating costs associated with maintaining printers and supplies, as of May 12, 2004 Daytona State College Computer Commons have adopted a pay for print policy: All printing will cost $0.10 cents per page. All printing will cost $0.10 cents per page. All printing must be paid for using the Daytona State College Student PaperCut print system by creating an account and applying credit as needed (
  9. In an effort to enhance our available student resources, beginning February 1 2010, any currently enrolled student will have access to a Dell NetBook to check out for use in the Library. The NetBooks will access the Internet through DSC's FalconAir Wireless and are loaded with Office 2007 software.   
    • A valid Florida ID and Student ID must be presented and will be collected from a student before a Dell NetBook is check out.
    • All NetBooks must be returned to a Commons support staff before exiting the building.
    • ID will be returned to owner after NetBook is checked in by a Commons staff.
  10. Users are required to return to the Tech’s desk any items (USB portable drives, CDs, personal items, etc.) that may be left behind by another user.  All lost and found items will logged in a record folder by a tech on duty and the item will be hand out to a DSC's Campus Safety officer. If a lost and found item owner inquires about personal property left behind in the Commons area, they will be directed to the Lost and Found department located in the college’s Campus Safety bldg. 540. Lost item owner must present an ID before retrieval of lost property.
  11. Computer Tech Assistants are present at all times to assist commons users with computers, software and printer operations and to see that the Computer Commons equipment is maintained in proper working order. Although Tech Assistants are expected to learn how to operate the software in the Computer Commons, they are not instructors or tutors, nor is there any guarantee that they will know as much about any particular problem with the software as the user themselves.
  12. If a In the area of a classroom-related work, it is the responsibility of the user (student) to check with his/her respective instructors, to obtain correct information on the topic in question. “Computer Commons staff's responsibilities are to answer questions related to the commons area only, any other none-technical questions such: library research or class subject questions will be referred to the correct library staff, Academic Support Center staff and/or appropriate college academic department”.
  13. If a user finds an item or equipment that is not functioning properly, the user is required to report this to the tech on duty or to the Computer Commons Lab Coordinator

Computer Network and Internet Acceptable Use Policy (June 2000)

I. Definition of Computer Network Policies

The purpose of the College network is to support the College’s mission and goals by enhancing both internal and external communication and by providing network users access to a wide range of information sources, including the Internet. Use of the Daytona State College network and the College’s access to the Internet is a privilege; users of the network and Internet are responsible for following both the letter and the spirit of this acceptable use policy. Students and the general public are advised that the college computers and internet networks are monitored to ensure compliance with the college acceptable use.

II. Definition of Privileges

  1. Daytona State College provides network users with access to resources and services on the network and through the Internet or other online services which are appropriate and necessary to their education and job function. All computer and internet access must be specifically related to a student’s academic assignment, research or project that is authorized or assigned by a college faculty member or college official. Personal or unrelated use of the college computers and internet access is prohibited. Students who choose to violate this policy are subject to college discipline sanctions.
  2.  At Daytona State College, the employee is free to pursue knowledge and, in areas in which he or she has special training and preparation, to convey that knowledge to others. Daytona State College students also are free to pursue knowledge of related courses in which they are enrolled at the College and to share that knowledge with others in appropriate settings guided by principles of academic integrity. Among employees, students and associates of the College, there must be no attempted intimidation by word or deed of those with differing views and methods when they are consistent with professional ethics. (Daytona State College Academic Freedom and Responsibility Policy 6.03.)
  3. This policy protects freedom from reprisal for network users to examine all pertinent data, to question assumptions, to be guided by the evidence of scholarly research, to teach and study the substance of a given discipline and to fully participate in the development and debate of institutional policy and procedures.
  4. Daytona State College retains the right to review email communications, documents or materials resident on the network; to remove any materials that may violate local, state or federal law or regulation; or Daytona State College Policies and Procedures which are incorporated by reference into this policy, and to produce such materials pursuant to a document request or subpoena served on Daytona State College.

III. Definition of Responsibilities

  1. Use of the Daytona State College network or Internet or other online services in violation of local, state, or federal law or regulations, or Daytona State College Policies and Procedures is prohibited. This use includes, but is not limited to, copyright and trademark infringement, fraud, forgery, harassment, libel or slander. 
  2. In accessing materials which might be deemed obscene, users of the Daytona State College network and the Internet or other online services should be guided by the tests of community standards, relationship to academic pursuits, “appropriate and necessary to job function” (section II, number two above).
  3. Users of the Daytona State College network and the Internet or other online services are responsible for protecting the security of the network by keeping passwords confidential, not using another user’s account and reporting any security problems to the network administrator or computer lab manager.
  4. Use of the network and the Internet or other online services for commercial, political or other personal use not related to the support of the mission and goals of Daytona State College is prohibited. Examples of prohibited use of the Daytona State College network, Internet or other online services include, but are not limited to:
    • Playing computer games or using other non-job or non-course related programs
    • Conducting personal business
  5. Accessing non-job or non-course related CD-ROMs, audio/video CDs or other programs or materials.
  6. Network users are prohibited from creating or propagating viruses, disrupting services, damaging files or intentionally destroying or damaging equipment, software or data that belongs to others.
  7. Network users must adhere strictly to all software license agreements and no software may be installed, copied or used on the Daytona State College network except as permitted by the copyright owner of the software. In addition, prior to installation on any computing devices, all software must be approved by the Technical Review Committee.
  8. All network and Internet or other online service users are expected to abide by generally accepted rules of network etiquette.

IV. Consequences of Violating the Policy

Failure to abide by the Daytona State College Network Acceptable Use Policy will result in the immediate loss of network privileges and /or other disciplinary or legal action. Allegations of misuse of these resources must be reported to the immediate supervisor and forwarded to the appropriate vice president. If necessary, disciplinary recommendations will be made to the president up to and including termination of employment. In the case of student misuse, a student will be subject to disciplinary action as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, published in the Student Handbook and available in the vice president of enrollment and student development’s office, Building 100, Room 210, on the Daytona Beach Campus or at each campus.

V. Internet Disclaimer

Internet and other online access are provided by the Daytona State College network. However, Daytona State College has no control over the content of the Internet or other online services, some of which may be deemed controversial or offensive.

Daytona State College specifically disclaims any warranty as to the information’s accuracy, authoritativeness, timeliness, usefulness or fitness for a particular purpose. Daytona State College shall have no liability for any direct, indirect or consequential damages related to the use of the information contained on the Internet or other online services.

VI. Notice to students regarding the downloading and distribution of copyrighted material.

Daytona State College does not monitor file sharing activities on its network. Institutions that protect the rights of the record companies and owners, such as the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the Business Software Alliance (BSA), and the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) among others, monitor illegal downloading, copying or sharing of music, videos, commercial software and computer games using file sharing programs across the Internet. When a copyright violation is discovered, copyright holders or their agents will report the alleged infringement to the Internet Service Provider (ISP) where the IP address is registered. The College is required to respond to complaints from copyright holders, and organizations representing copyright holders, regarding computers on campus that are illegally distributing copyrighted materials. Copyright holders or their agents will request that the College identify the owner of the machine associated with the reported IP address and relay the Takedown or DMCA Notice to the alleged copyright infringer and/or coordinate the removal of access to the infringing content.

Daytona State College could receive a number of notices related to the copyright infringement or be served with subpoenas from an agency representing the copyright holder. The following are the most common copyright infringement notices sent from organizations representing copyright holders:

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if something is copyrighted?

Most music, videos, lyrics, books, TV shows, etc. are copyrighted. You would be better to assume that everything is copyrighted unless you know specifically otherwise.

What can happen to me if I violate copyright laws?

Under copyright law, violators can be held liable for a minimum of $750 per violation (each file is a single violation), so it costs the students thousands of dollars to settle the lawsuits out of court. A copyright violation is legally known as "strict liability", which means your knowledge or intent to perform an illegal act is not necessary for you to be liable. If the violations exceed $2,500 in penalties, and if the RIAA or MPAA could prove you had actual intent to violate their copyrights, criminal sanctions could be pursued. Criminal sanctions for copyright violations carry a penalty of up to $250,000 and the possibility of up to five years in prison.  

What applications are used for illegal downloading? (also not allowed in the Computing Commons Area)

Gnutella, Limewire, Morpheus, BitTorrent, Ares, Aimster, Bearshare, Kazaa, Imesh and Napster are a few of the more common names from over the years. There are dozens and dozens of applications that fall into this category. Having LimeWire, KaZaA, Blubster, Grokster, BitTorrent, Gnutella, iMesh,CuteMX, Scour, FreeNetfile or any other music or movie file-sharing software on your computer opens the door to liability. While file-sharing software may itself be lawful, there is usually a copyright on the music, video or other files being shared. Unless the copyright owner gives explicit written permission, file sharing is a violation of copyright law.

What about "fair use"?

Fair use covers things like making a copy of a purchased CD for use in your MP3 player or car. It does not allow you to download music for free that you would normally have to purchase.

Where can I find legal sites to download music and get more information?

You can find a list of legal sites, more Frequently Asked Questions and additional resources at .

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