IT Guidelines for behaviour in computer rooms

  • The computers in the computer rooms are available to students for lectures and practicals during the working week until 10pm daily. They are automatically switched off at that time. They are also automatically switched off if there is no user activity on them after 180 minutes.
  • To ensure uninterrupted operation of the computer rooms and the following rules must be adhered to.
  • Eating and drinking are not allowed in the computer rooms.
  • The metal cages in which the computers are mounted must not be misused as rubbish/garbage bins. The rubbish bins in the corridor must be used.
  • When leaving a computer station the PC and the monitor must be switched off.
  • The ceiling projector must be switched off. The last person to leave the room must switch off the lights and close the windows and doors.
  • The available hardware (PCs, monitors, printers etc.) and software must be handled with care to avoid damage.
  • USB ports must be treated with special care. Be careful to check that your stick is the right way round before trying to put it into a port (It has happened that people have tried to force a USB sticks into a port when the stick was the wrong way round, damaging the port).
  • The cabling/wiring of PCs in the computer rooms must not be altered i.e. the cable binders must not be undone in order, for example, to connect a mouse to one's own notebook.
  • The covers on the in-floor plug points must not be opened and removed. Removal of the covers exposes and leads to frequent damage to the sockets and network connections...
  • Should you require power for your laptop there are power points on the underside of the tables: there is no need to use the sockets in the floor or open the covers.
  • Private PCs may not be connected to the existing network points/connections.
  • Access to the campus infrastructure with private notebooks must only be via the wireless LAN system
  • The IT hardware in the computer rooms, e.g. mice, may not be borrowed or removed.

Failure to comply with these guidelines will incur appropriate sanctions and in the case of the removal of hardware may lead to legal action being taken.