Commitment to Excellence
As student employees of the Taylor University Computer Science and Engineering department (CSE), you represent the university and its policies. This is true both during working hours and outside them. Even when you are off-duty, you should still confront someone who is breaking the rules. For this reason, it is important that you know and understand the rules and policies you will be upholding. You will be held responsible for these rules regardless of whether you understand them or not because it is your responsibility to understand them.
The object of this document is not to provide an exhaustive list of policies, but to give a general listing and let you know what you will be held accountable for. It also gives you guidelines for how you should uphold these responsibilities.
The rules have been created in the spirit of the “body of Christ.” We are trying to work together to make a computing environment that is conducive to learning as well as providing the services (email, news, etc.) that facilitate communication with the student body and the world. The application of these rules should always be done under the umbrella of the Life Together Covenant. Be sure you know and understand the policies and your role in administering them.
Here are a few policies that you are responsible for knowing, understanding, and administering:
▷ The Acceptable Computer Usage Policy
▷ The CSE Student WWW Policy
▷ The Cheating Policy
Lara Horsley, the CSE Department Program Assistant, has copies of these policies, and you can also find them online or in your Student Handbook.
Laying down the law
Your role in administering the policies is to both stop the breach of the rules and encourage students to follow the rules. DO NOT SIMPLY KILL AN OFFENDING PROCESS. You must also send an email or talk to the offender in person, copying the mail to email@example.com so we have a record. Be courteous and helpful in your communications, not arrogant or self-righteous. To keep track of repeat offenders, please email firstname.lastname@example.org a short message describing the incident and your actions in regard to it.
The overall description for administering the rules can be found in Micah 6:8, “He has showed you, O man, what is good, and what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” To be humble means we place ourselves at the students’ level and look at the situation from their standpoint. Be merciful when you can and when the person is deserving of mercy. We have been there before and others have shown mercy to us. But remember to be just. It is our responsibility to uphold the rules, and if the offender keeps offending, we must be more stern until they desist. It is our desire to nurture an understanding of the rules, not a hatred toward them.
Finally, remember that you too must abide by all the policies. The privileges that you have on the computer system are to be used responsibly. Do not use any tool or program that can be used for breaking into the system unless you have express permission. And do not help others use or encourage the use of those programs, even on students’ personal computers.
Follow the pattern given in 1 Timothy 4:12, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.” Set an example of the use of technology that is pleasing to Christ.
This notice has been created to ensure that no one can claim to be unaware of the various policies and responsibilities. System administrators, lab supervisors, and teaching assistants must read and sign this paper before they will be allowed to administer the labs. These are the rules of the lab. You are asked to agree with them and are required to abide by them. If you think a policy is unfair, please notify us so we can review it.