Internet & Computer Use Policy

New York College of Health Professions > Library > Internet & Computer Use Policy

The mission of the College Library is to support the informational, educational, cultural, and recreational needs and interests of its patrons (faculty, students and staff). In keeping with this mission, the Library provides on-site access to the Internet (wirelessly and at computer work stations located throughout the campus).

This access is primarily designed for educational and research purposes. The purpose of this service is to assist patrons’ independent research by providing increased access to information. Other services, such as games, e-mail, social networking, and chatting, are secondary to this purpose.

The Library is a forum for all points of view, and adheres to the principles of the intellectual freedom as expressed in the Library Bill of Rights formulated by the American Library Association. However, the viewing or transmitting of material generally considered inappropriate or offensive in nature is not permitted in the library.

Loud and disturbing behavior that affects the ability of others to do their work is not permitted, as such the staff requests that no more than two patrons be at an Internet terminal at one time.

Food and drink, including bottled water are prohibited anywhere in the Library, including computer terminals.

Users must comply with the United States copyright laws and all other applicable laws.

Modifying or downloading programs onto Library computers is prohibited without prior permission from Library staff.

All files MUST be saved to a removable (portable) storage device. ANY files saved to the desktop or hard drive will be DELETED! This is for patron privacy and the protection of school computers.

The Library can only offer limited individual Internet instruction and presumes basic computer competence on the part of the patron.

Library staff reserves the right to withdraw permission to use the Internet at the library if a patron acts in manner that is not consistent with, or that is in direct violation of, library policies. Session time allotments, permitted number of sessions per day, and certain activities, may need to be adjusted at the discretion of Library staff to meet the changing needs of the computer users.