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Computer Commons Code of Conduct

User Services Statement

The Computer Commons subscribes to a user-centered service philosophy.

In realizing this philosophy, all computer commons staff aim to:

  • Create a user-centered, friendly, welcoming community space of learning.
  • Treat every user with respect, attentiveness and dignity.
  • Address and meet users' individual needs to the best extent possible.
  • Provide the highest-quality service possible in an efficient, timely manner.

Purpose

Users of the computer commons expect:

  • A computer commons environment free of disruptive activity
  • Surroundings free from food and beverages and their resulting problems

The Computer Commons welcomes everyone in the community to use and enjoy the facilities and services. To protect each individual’s access to computer commons services, the computer commons has established the following rules of behavior.
All computer commons users are expected to respect the rights and property of others and to treat computer commons resources and facilities with appropriate care and respect.
Children are welcome to quietly visit the computer commons but for their safety, children under the age of 15 without a WCC ID must be supervised by an accompanying adult at all times.

Computer Commons users will:

  • Comply with computer commons and college policies.
  • Present photo identification upon request.
  • Limit cell phone use to short and quiet conversations. Conduct extended conversations outside the computer commons.
  • Use headphones when watching and listening to multimedia.
  • Use email or Internet resources within the guidelines of the Computing Resources Usage Policy (WCC Board of Trustees Policy #8022) and the Student Rights and Responsibilities (WCC Board of Trustees Policy #4095).
  • Respond to emergency and security gate alarms and other situations as instructed by staff; leave the computer commons at closing and limit use of the computer commons to authorized areas only.
  • Adhere to policies governing appropriate use of WCC identification (WCC Board of Trustees Policy #4095).

Prohibited activities:

Behaviors that are disruptive or impinge on the use of the computer commons by other users, or infringe upon the rights of computer commons users or staff are prohibited. This Code of Conduct cannot cover all behavior that is “disruptive or impinge on the use of the computer commons by other users.” In these matters, what is determined to be “disruptive” or “impinges on the use” will be at the discretion of computer commons staff.
Prohibited activities and behaviors include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Making excessive noise, including loud conversations, cell phones, failing to use headphones for audio/video files, etc. in a manner that disturbs others.
  • Possession or consumption of food or drink in areas where they are prohibited.
  • Refusing to show ID or submit possessions for inspection to computer commons or security staff upon request.
  • Defacing or damaging computer commons materials.
  • Monopolizing, misusing, or damaging computer commons furniture, building or equipment.
  • Violating copyright or digital licensing agreements.
  • Loitering, including refusing to leave the computer commons promptly when directed, at closing or as directed during an emergency.
  • Selling, soliciting or petitioning in the computer commons; posting or distributing materials without permission.
  • Exhibiting any threatening or intimidating behaviors toward staff or other computer commons users, e.g., abusive language, threats of violence or harassment
  • Engaging in any sexual activities including, but not limited to: consensual touching, unwanted or inappropriate advances or touching, harassment or indecent exposure.
  • Any conduct that constitutes a violation of a federal, state, or local law, or the WCC Board of Trustees Policies.
  • Engage in behavior that is potentially unsafe or harmful to self or others.
  • Obstruct use of computer commons equipment or facilities, or deny access to computer commons materials through theft or deliberate misplacement.
  • Leave children under the age of 15 without a WCC ID unsupervised.
  • Allow others to use their nontransferable identification or network authentication (WCC Net ID).
  • Leave personal belongings unattended.

Enforcement/Sanctions:

Computer commons users found in violation of the Computer Commons Code of Conduct may be:

  • asked to present photo identification to computer commons staff
  • subject to a search of backpacks or bags
  • directed to leave the premises
  • reported to Campus Safety

Disciplinary or legal action may also be taken in accordance with applicable laws and policies.
Federal and Michigan State laws, local regulations and Washtenaw Community College Policies apply within the WCC Computer Commons.  All referenced campus policies may be found at www.wccnet.edu.

Step 1

  • You will be given a copy of the Computer Commons Code of Conduct and the issue will be identified. 
  • You will be asked to take corrective action.  
  • If you comply, no additional action will be taken.
  • Your cooperation with computer commons staff is expected.
  • Computer commons staff will be polite and non-threatening toward you.
  • You are expected to be polite and non-threatening to the staff, and to respect other computer commons users.
  • If you do not cooperate with staff or fail to comply with the request, the process moves to Step 2. 

Step 2

  • If the offending issue needs to be addressed a second time on the same day or a different day, or you do not cooperate with the request politely and quietly, you will be asked for your photo identification and then you will be asked to leave the computer commons.
  • Step 2 may include a referral to meet with the Computer Commons’ specialist/supervisor (or representative). 
  • If you refuse to comply with the staff request, the process moves to Step 3.

Step 3

  • Campus Safety will be called.
  • An incident report will be completed.
  • You will be escorted from the Computer Commons.
  • Your computer commons privileges will be revoked for the semester and the issue will be placed under the review of the WCC Ombudsman. (WCC Board of Trustees Policy #4095 Sanctions #8)

Student Recourse

Instructions for student recourse will follow the WCC Board of Trustees Policy #4095 Section C.1- Procedure of Student Complaints Regarding College Faculty or Instructional Staff.

Computer Commons Location

Gunder Myran Building Second Floor

Gunder Myran Building
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Hours of Operation:


 
Fall & Winter Hours:
Monday — Thursday: 7:30am to 10:00pm
Friday: 7:30am to 5:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: noon to 6:00pm
   
Spring & Summer Hours:
Monday — Thursday: 8:00am to 10:00pm
Friday: 8:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

Special hours of the Computer Commons are the same as those of the Bailey Library.

For more information, please call 734-973-3420.


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