• Academic Laboratory Rules and Regulations

    By using the Open Computer Labs, you have agreed to follow the Academic Laboratory Rules and Regulations. Open Computer Labs are staffed with trained Instructional Lab Assistants to help users with the operation of HCCC software and hardware. Students are encouraged to use the Open Computer Labs on a walk-in basis. The Open Computer Lab schedules are posted in the lab and the HCCC website.

    The Instructional Lab Assistant in the Open Computer Lab represents the College and is the first line of authority. Their judgment should be respected. The first level of appeal is to Academic Lab Manager. Failure to follow Academic Laboratory Rules and Regulations may result in students being asked to leave the facility. Serious infractions or student misconduct in the Open Computer Labs could result in referral of the matter to the Office of Student Affairs.

    Technology at HCCC will be used in collaboration with the curriculum. Computers and other technology equipment are tools used as part of the teaching and learning experience process.

    In deciding the Academic Laboratory Rules and Regulations, there are two overriding principles: (1) the College’s information technology resources exist to support the College’s mission, and (2) the College is committed to ensuring a positive learning environment for all members of its community.

    • All computer lab users must show a HCCC photo ID card with the current semester sticker. This can be obtained from Security in both the Jersey City or North Hudson campuses.
    • Students are required to use their HCCC Username and Password to log in to the computers at the Open Computer Labs.
    • Students with special needs have priority at designated workstations.
    • All students are welcome to work on projects as groups in Open Computer Labs L419 and N224. However, all computer users must maintain an appropriate and orderly environment, as we need to provide an excellent environment for the rest of our users. If you need a quiet and comfortable space, please use B411 (25 Journal Square).
    • The use of cell phones is not permitted in the Open Computer Labs. All electronic devices must be on silent or vibrate mode. Otherwise, you are distracting others who are trying to complete their academic assignments.
    • No still or video photography is permitted in the Open Computer Labs.
    • Intentionally viewing, sending, or retrieving information which is pornographic, obscene, sexist, racist, abusive, or harassing is not permitted. Viewers will be asked to stop, and if they persist, will be told to leave the Open Computer Lab. Open Computer Labs are monitored.
    • No food, drink, or beverage containers are permitted in the Open Computer Labs. This includes all open and closed containers.
    • Minors and non-computer users are not permitted in the Open Computer Labs.
    • Pets, skating, and bicycles are not permitted in the Open Computer Labs. Assistive and service animals (seeing-eye dogs, etc.) are excluded from this rule.
    • Computer workstations and printers in the Open Computer Labs are there to support schoolwork. Priority use of workstations are defined as academic use. Users must relinquish workstations for this purpose upon request. Computer stations and printers are not for general entertainment (games, gambling, etc.) or commercial use.
    • Open Computer Lab printers may not be used to print course materials such as textbooks, handbooks or very large research articles. Printers are not to be used as copy machines. The course-assigned faculty member and academic departments provide the appropriate course material students require when taking their class. Authorization by the instructor is not valid. Do not print any flyers or advertisements unless they are part of your class assignment.
    • Instructional Lab Assistants have the authority to cancel any print jobs that do not comply with the Academic Laboratory Rules and Regulations.
    • Only paper supplied by HCCC may be placed into the Open Computer Lab printers by the Instructional Lab Assistant.
    • All work should be saved to your personal drives (USB flash drive, CD, etc.), when permitted by the software or hardware. We do not have USB flash drives or CDs available for you. Users are advised to save work every five (5) minutes. Computer user files stored on local hard drives are not protected and therefore subject to modification, erasure, and/or plagiarism. We are not responsible for lost or damaged information. It is highly recommended that computer users back-up their information in more than one place.
    • Assistance for individually owned computers and software is and will not be provided.
    • Users should not leave their computer unattended more than five (5) minutes. Unattended computers will be reassigned.
    • Users should not abuse the Open Computer Labs or any equipment. If users have a problem with the equipment or a software application, they should ask the Instructional Lab Assistant for help.
    • Instructional Lab Assistants are not allowed to provide extensive help with a particular software application. Students may request tutoring from the Tutorial Center in Journal Square (201-360-4185) or the North Hudson Campus (201-360-4623).
    • Do not change the configuration of any computer. Do not install screensavers or wallpaper.
    • Users must check their work area before leaving. The Instructional Lab Assistant is not responsible for lost, stolen or misplaced objects including personal items and/or books. Do not leave anything in the Open Computer Lab unattended for any length of time. Sometimes items are found and you may check with the Instructional Lab Assistant or Security.
    • All computer users must prepare to leave the Open Computer Lab ten (10) minutes before closing time and must vacate the Open Computer Lab by closing time.

    Questions/comments regarding the Academic Computer Laboratory Rules and Regulations may be directed to:

    Diana Perez
    Academic Lab Manager
    Phone: (201) 360-4356
    Fax: (201) 792-9448
    Email: dperez@hccc.edu