Behavioral Guidelines

Behavioral Guidelines for CSE Students

As a user of the PCs in the Computer Science & Engineering department (CSE), you are accountable to the Life Together Covenant, as well as the policies listed below. You should read and understand these policies because you will be held responsible for any actions that conflict with them. In addition, you should be aware of several issues regarding security and civil behavior within the labs.


The Life Together Covenant specifies that we are to do the best we can to live together in unity (as opposed to discord or apathy). A spirit of caring for each other should be evident in the labs, especially when due dates for projects and homework are near. Be willing to give up your computer when others have a more pressing need for it.


Be aware that you will be held responsible for any programs in your possession that may violate the Life Together Covenant and the Acceptable Computer Usage Policy (located in the Student Handbook). Any program in your possession that is designed for or has the potential to gain unauthorized access to the labs will be taken as a direct attempt from you to gain that access.


Secrecy Policy

The CSE department places importance on your personal privacy, but for security reasons, anyone who is hiding their actions will be treated as if they are breaking the Life Together Covenant. Even if the actions you are involved in are not harmful, you may be called into question because of your secrecy. This does not give CSE the right to look over your shoulder at every email message, but if we have reasonable cause to believe that you are breaking any of the mentioned policies or rules, we will do what is necessary to either prove or disprove our concern.


Web Policies

Taylor strongly upholds the “whole person” philosophy of teaching and preparing you for a life where you make your own decisions. For this reason, we will often take an interest in your life in areas that you may consider personal and private. One such problem is with online pornography. Accessing pornographic materials is a breach of the Life Together Covenant and a hazard to your spiritual growth. Anyone found accessing these sites will be subject to disciplinary action. (Disciplinary action refers to building up self-discipline, not just being punished.)


We hope you will develop a godly set of ethics. But because most people have not sat down and worked through every conceivable issue, we have set forth a few rules to which we expect you to adhere. Many of these are based on common biblical truths, and others are based on the application of those truths. For example, “no harassing” and “no mail-bombing” are based on the fact that we must love our neighbor. The “no games in the lab” policy is based on consideration for others who may be studying, as well as a knowledge that certain games may be hazardous to your spiritual growth. Other rules like “no mail-spoofing,” “no food or drinks in the labs,” and others may be found on paper (ask the CSE department secretary) and some are posted on the walls of the labs.


Home Page Notice

Users wanting to post a home page must be aware of an additional policy. The World Wide Web Home Page Policy states that users need to notify Carl Daudt, the CSE Computing Systems Resource Manager, after the initial page is completed, and before anyone else views their home pages (either off campus or on). You will want to read and understand that policy before you do any work on a home page.