Computer Access Policy

Users of any computer in the library are subject to the moral and ethical parameters enumerated in the college's "Responsible Use of Technology" document. Failure to comply may result in permanent loss of computer privileges, suspension, or legal prosecution.

Some important elements of the document are highlighted here.
  • New technologies often increase our ability to communicate as well as mis-communicate. That communication should illustrate respect for others and a sense of personal integrity. Ephesians 4:29 is applicable here: "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen." Communication that degrades or harasses individuals or groups is unacceptable.
    Viewing pornographic or hate group material or using email for hurtful communication will be viewed as violations of this principle.
  • Users should not waste technological resources. This includes wasteful use of any computing resource, including processor, file space, printers, modems, or network usage for trivial and/or non-educational purposes.
    Users using a computer for non-educational purposes or printing an inordinate amount of material are in violation of this principle. Users are to exhibit stewardship when printing.

In addition, the following policies are in place.

  1. Users must adhere to federal, state, and local laws governing content and the transmission and dissemination of information.
  2. Library computers are not filtered: it is the responsibility of parents, guardians or caregivers, to determine what is appropriate for their own children (see our Unaccompanied Children policy).
  3. Staff does not provide individual in-depth Internet instruction (including web-based email such as Hotmail).
  4. Hacking, attempts at hacking, configuration changes or attempts, software modifications or attempts are prohibited.
  5. All computers are turned off 10 minutes before the library’s closing.

Special Note to Guest Users
Because this is a library that is guided by the principle that access to information should be reasonably available to all, you are welcome to use our computer equipment occasionally for purposes consistent with the intent of an academic library. (Expanded Guest Policy) Most computers in the library are restricted to use by members of the Calvin community. There is one computer on 3rd floor and several on the 2nd floor. Inquire at the Research Assistance Desk on 2nd Floor for help locating available computers. Violations of any of the policies listed above may result in immediate and permanent suspension.

Hekman Library staff reserve the right to determine what constitutes a violation of the policies listed above.