Usage Policies

Proper Uses of Computer Accounts and Undergraduate Laboratories

Account Usage

Use of your computing account is a privilege to be exercised responsibly. In accepting an account issued by the Department of Computer Science, you are agreeing:

  1. You are responsible for all activity on your account.
  2. You will not tamper with the operating system security or accounting nor disguise your identity while using the system.
  3. You will not permit any other individual to use your account.
  4. You will not interfere with other users nor attempt to obtain access to another account.
  5. You will not permit processes to accumulate excessive amounts of compute time or resources.
  6. You will not modify the system configuration or install or save software other than programs you create as part of your course work.
  7. You will not distribute or maintain material in violation of the University's Harassment Policy. (http://web.uvic.ca/uvic-policies/pol-1000/1150HPP.html)
  8. You will not store or display inappropriate items (for example: pornography).
  9. You will not store large files that are unrelated to course work, (for example: MP3 files, image files, etc.)
  10. You will not copy proprietary software.
  11. You will not use your computing privileges for commercial gain.

Emergency shortages of certain system resources may arise from time to time. You are expected to co-operate with whatever temporary measures may be necessary (such as deleting excess files), if asked to do so.

It may be necessary for representatives of Computing Services or the Department to access your account without your knowledge to investigate suspected abuse. Since it can be impossible to distinguish a legitimate project from potential abuse, you may be asked to come forward to explain your actions.

Any suspected violation of the use of a Department computer account is reported to the Department Chair who may suspend use of the account pending an investigation. Confirmation of an abuse will lead to disciplinary action that may include suspension of Department computing privileges for a period of time. Severe or repeat violations are referred to the Department Disciplinary Committee and may lead to the permanent withdrawal of an account. Any abuse considered to possibly involve illegal activity will be referred to the University for appropriate action.

Use of Department computer accounts is also subject to UVic policy 6030 (http://web.uvic.ca/uvic-policies/pol-6000/6030CTUR.html)


Lab usage

Use of a shared resource requires responsible behaviour on the part of all users. When using the Computer Science Undergraduate Laboratories in the Engineering Laboratory Wing, it is required that:

  1. You will not bring food or drink into the labs.
  2. You will not grant admission to anyone else to the labs.
  3. You will not play or invent games, unless required for a Computer Science course.
  4. You will not conduct yourself in a manner disruptive to the use of the lab by others.
  5. You will not take any action to circumvent lab security (for example: propping open of doors, tampering with video cameras, etc.)

You will use Department computers only for course work and for non-course related computing of an educational nature (for example: exploring the internet for materials related to but not strictly required in Computer Science courses.) In the latter case, you must relinquish the computer to a student waiting for a machine on which to do course work.

Upon the request of any Computer Science employee, who has properly identified their position in the Department, you must identify yourself and the Computer Science courses in which you are registered. You must produce your card key for inspection if so requested. If you choose not to identify yourself or produce your card key, you must leave the lab. If you are not authorized to use the lab or fail to comply with the above, the employee may elect to call Traffic and Security.

Any suspected violation of the use of a Department undergraduate laboratory is reported to the Department Chair who may suspend use of lab facilities pending an investigation. Confirmation of an abuse will lead to disciplinary action that may include suspension of lab access for a period of time. Severe or repeat violations are referred to the Department Disciplinary Committee and may lead to the permanent withdrawal of lab access. Any abuse considered to possibly involve illegal activity will be referred to the University for appropriate action.