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Computer Use Policies

Library Computer Use Policies

  • Computers are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Computers in the labs can be used provided they are not reserved for a class.
  • Please do not install software on the computers. Contact the Library IT Services Desk if you need additional software.
  • Save your data on a CD or USB drive. All saved data is lost when the computers reboot.
  • All users must adhere to the Tufts Information Stewardship Policy, Digital Copyright Laws, and all policies set forth by the University.
  • Please check the IT Policies section of the Tufts Technology Services website for information on all policies.

Tufts Information Stewardship Policy & Supporting Information Policies

It is very important to read and understand the Tufts Information Stewardship Policy and all Supporting Information Policies. The policies outlined in the document are important as they serve to protect both the University as well as the students, staff, and faculty.

Digital Copyright Laws

In 1998, the U.S. congress passed into law the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). This act is meant to protect the rights of owners of digital media. It is used by corporations to protect their movies, music and software from piracy and unlawful duplication.

The DMCA is used in prosecution of persons violating the copyrights of digital media, including music, movies, images and online books or manuals. Copyright holders regularly police common Peer-to-Peer (P2P) filesharing networks in pursuit of alleged copyright violators. When violators are located the copyright holder informs the university with a "notice to cease and desist," it is then the University's responsibility to remove the offending user from the network. The copyright holder may pursue legal action against the individual who breaks copyright laws.

Tufts University takes copyright violations very seriously. Each school has different policies on discipline for violations. Please check with your Student Services Office for more details.

For more information about Peer-to-Peer file sharing, please see the "Peer-to-Peer (P2P) File Sharing and Copyright Infringement" section of the Frequently Asked Questions.

Tufts Resource Security Policy

To safeguard the University's information technology resources and to protect the confidentiality of data, adequate security measures must be taken. This Information Technology Resources Security Policy reflects the University's commitment to comply with federal and state statutes, regulations and University protocols governing the security of sensitive and confidential information.

Tufts Network Use Policy

Please see Tufts Network Use Policy for information on wireless access on campus. Tufts Technology Services looks for wireless access points and will disconnect any unathorized access points connected to the Tufts' Network.

Tufts University Policy On Fair Use of Copyrighted Materials

Students, faculty and staff using copyrighted materials should consult the Tufts University Policy on Fair Use of Copyrighted Materials.