Internet and Computer Use Policies
Library provides computer terminals with access to electronic
resources to enhance the academic experience of students,
faculty and staff. Terminals in the Reference and Periodicals
areas on the first floor of the library may be used only to
search for information. Computers for word processing purposes
are available on the second floor of the library.
library computers is restricted to Virginia Union University
students, faculty, staff and alumni. Users of computer terminals
should respect the rights of others by acting responsibly
and courteously. Wilder Library expects all patrons to comply
with local, state and federal laws regarding the use of computers.
Library faculty and staff reserve the right to monitor computer
usage in order to track problems and to insure equal and appropriate
access for all users.
copies of our telecommunications policies are available upon
Use of all
computers should be associated with an academic purpose.
priority in the Reference and Periodicals areas is
given to patrons searching for course-related information.
priority in the Computer Lab is given to patrons
using word processing.
highest priority is given to patrons searching for course-related
priority is given to patrons searching for information with
an educational or research benefit indirectly related to
priority is given to recreational use and personal communications.
may use library computers for e-mail if no one needs to
use those computers for searching or word processing purposes.
Users must sign in at the Reference or Periodicals desks
or in the Computer Lab for a 15-minute time period. Terminals
may be used for longer periods is no one else wishes to
use them. Patrons who do not sign in to use the computers
will automatically be given lowest priority of use, and
will be asked to leave before patrons who have signed in.
of unlicensed software on library computer systems and the
copying of library licensed software is prohibited. No software
may be installed on or deleted from university computers.
of chat rooms is prohibited.
of pornography is prohibited.
library computers for purposes of personal or private gain,
including business or commercial purposes unrelated to university-sanctioned
scholarship, is prohibited.
resources may not be used for obscene or harassing behavior
or in way that would abridge another personís right to privacy.
(i.e. login id) and passwords are assigned as a service of
Virginia Union University. Users should not give passwords
to other persons, as users assume responsibility for any unauthorized
or illegal use of their accounts.
Violation of These
If a member
of the library faculty or staff encounters a patron violating
the libraryís computer use policy, he or she may first ask
the user to leave the terminal. If the user refuses to give
up the computer terminal, the librarian or staff member will
call security, after which an incident report will be submitted
to the Vice President for Student Affairs.
of the above policies may result in suspension of library
and/or computer use privileges, including access to all computer
labs. Such suspension will remain in effect until the matter
can be dealt with according to the procedures outlined in
the Code of Student Conduct and the Faculty or Staff Handbook
Minors wishing to use Wilder Libraryís Electronic Resources
must first obtain parental consent and fill out our Internet
User Agreement and Parental Permission Form.
For a complete
overview of the University Computing Policy, go to http://www.vuu.edu/technology/VirginiaUnionUniversityComputerPolicies.pdf
Electronic Mail (E-Mail) Policies
Union University provides, manages and maintains an electronic
mail infrastructure that provides access to wide range of
computing networks for the day-to-day activities of the University
faculty, students and staff. E-mail services are provided
on university owned computing and networking systems to further
the universityís mission of research and instruction. Use
of e-mail should be consistent with this mission and policy.
use is based on common sense, common decency and civility
applied to the electronic communications environment. All
use is subject to the laws of the United States of America
and the Commonwealth of Virginia.
can potentially create legal liability for the institution
or its faculty, staff and students, and other authorized persons.
Communications in this medium are protected by the same laws
and policies, and are subject to the same limitations as communications
in other media. The Electronic Communications Privacy Act
(ECPA) of 1986 has made it illegal to intercept electronic
communications on a public or private network without proper
authorization. Outside sources are prohibited from access
to these electronic messages but authorized personnel may
have access without violating this Act. Users should, therefore,
exercise caution when committing confidential information
to electronic media because the confidentiality of such material
cannot be guaranteed.
of the electronic mail system will not create any offensive,
disruptive, or unsolicited messages. Messages considered
offensive are those containing sexual implications, racial
slurs, gender-specific comments, or any other comments that
offensively address an individualís age, sexual orientation,
religious or political beliefs, national origin or disability.
shall not use a code or access a file to retrieve any electronic
information, unless authorized to do so.
should not attempt to gain access to another individualís
messages without specific permission.
will respect the legal ramifications of keeping/storing
e-mail. These records, perhaps more than paper records,
may be subject to discovery, and therefore are admissible
in court proceedings.
will not use their accounts for commercial purposes.
will not misrepresent their identity or affiliation in e-mail
will not cause congestion on the network by such things
as the propagation of "chain letters", "broadcasting",
inappropriate messages to lists or individuals, or excessive
use of the shared data store of the e-mail system.
Minors wishing to use e-mail at Wilder Library must first
obtain parental consent and fill out our Internet User Agreement
and Parental Permission Form.
Library and Copyright Issues
is a form of protection intended to protect the authors of
"original works of authorship," including literary,
dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual
is provided by the laws of the United States under title 17
of the U.S. Code and is available to both published and unpublished
106 of the 1976 Copyright Act gives the owner of copyright
the exclusive right to do so and to authorize others to do
duplicate the work in copies
create comparable works based upon the work
distribute copies or phonorecords of the work to the public
by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease,
perform the work publicly in the case of literary, musical,
dramatic and choreographic works, pantomimes, and motion
pictures and other audiovisual works
display copyrighted work publicly in the case of literary,
musical, dramatic and choreographic works, pantomimes, and
motion pictures and other audiovisual works
is illegal for anyone to violate any of the rights provided
by the copyright law to the owner of copyrighted work.
Works Are Protected?
works, including any accompanying words
works, including any accompanying music
and choreographic works
graphic and sculptural works
pictures and other audiovisual works
reproductions of paintings or other works of art
categories are to be viewed broadly. These categories do not
necessarily cover every type of material that can be copyrighted.
Works Are Not Protected?
categories of material are usually not eligible for federal
copyright protection. These include but are not limited to
that have not been fixed in a tangible form of expression
such as choreographic works that have not been notated or
speeches or performances that have not been written or
names, short phrases, and slogans
symbols or designs
variations of typographic ornamentation, lettering or coloring
listings of ingredients or contents
procedures, processes, principles, discoveries, or devices
as distinguished from a description, explanation, or illustration
consisting solely of information that is common
property and containing no original authorship (for example:
standard calendars, height and weight charts, tape measures
and rulers, etc)
of Copyright Violations In Academia
- A faculty
member places several full-text articles on the class web
page. The web page is not password protected and can be
read by anyone with access to the Internet.
- A student
uses a corporate logo on a personal web page without permission
from the copyright holder.
- A faculty
member scans graphics from books and includes them on the
class web page but does not include the origin of the graphics
on the web page.
- A university
staff member uses a published photograph as background for
his/her web site without first obtaining permission from
the copyright holder.
use Napster or similar utilities to download copyright protected
music without permission from the copyright holder.
Douglas Wilder Library Policy On Copyright
is a form of protection intended to provide the authors of
original works of authorship a measure of control over their
creations. Copyright issues are of particular concern because
protected materials can be copied and transmitted with ease
in the digital age. It is the responsibility of all students,
staff and faculty at Virginia Union University to understand
and comply with copyright laws.
guide to understanding copyright can be found at Copyright
Basics, a web site created by the U.S. Copyright Office and
the Library of Congress. http://lcweb.loc.gov/copyright/circs/circ1.html
available for use on the computers at L. Douglas Wilder Library
and Learning Resource Center are protected under federal copyright
law. As an educational institution, we are not excused from
these laws. Software may also be protected by a license agreement
between the purchaser and the software vendor. The above mentioned
software is provided through the University for use by faculty,
staff and students and may be used only on computing equipment
as identified in the various licenses.
It is Library policy to respect the copyright protections provided
under federal law. It is against our policy for faculty, staff
and students to copy any licensed software or other intellectual
property on University-owned Library computing equipment except
as expressly permitted by the software license or other granting
authority. Faculty, staff and students may not use illegally
obtained reproductions of software on Library computers. Unauthorized
use of such software is considered a serious matter and is subject
to disciplinary action by the proper authorities.
Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)
offered by copyright law extends not just to those works that
are published, printed materials such as books and magazine
articles but also to those works that are unpublished. The
DMCA ensures copyright protection for all forms of a work
including its digital transmission and use.
more information on the DMCA and other aspects of copyright
law, visit the United
States Copyright Office.
is a work protected by copyright?
work is protected as soon as it is created. Assume copyright
protection even if you don't see a notice of copyright on
does it mean when a work is placed in the public domain?
domain materials are those works without a copyright. In these
cases, the works are considered to be in the public domain
entire journal issues be photocopied?
copyright has expired.
author never claimed copyright.
works are created by the federal government.
is a copyright violation. In addition, only five requests
may be made from a periodical title going back five years.
is Fair Use?
use refers to a statutory law that makes it permissible to
limited amounts of a work for reasons relating to criticism,
news reporting and scholarly endeavors. However, there is
no rule governing the specific percentage of the work that
can be used.
Fair Use allow an individual such as a teacher to copy a work
for educational use without obtaining prior permission from
the copyright holder?
use allows a teacher to make a single copy for educational
purposes. Fair use uses four factors in determining whether
or not an article qualifies:
a collection of photocopied articles and book chapters, i.e.
a course pack, be within Fair Use guidelines?
and character of the use
of the copyrighted work
and substantiality used
effect of the material used
A compilation of previously published works into a new compilation
would be considered a new publication.
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