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Computer lab etiquette and regulations

The University’s computer labs contain valuable pieces of equipment, therefore it is important that they are not abused.

Guidelines for acceptable use

Please follow the below guidelines when using the University's computer equipment.

  • don't breach copyright regulations
  • don't play games on the computers
  • don't take food or drink into the laboratories
  • don't smoke in the laboratories
  • don't litter in the laboratories
  • don't make undue noise in the laboratories
  • don't disturb other users
  • don't use the on/off switch to reboot
  • don't let unauthorised users into the laboratory
  • don't provide access to unauthorized users
  • Students with a booked time slot should first inform anyone occupying their booked PC that they have a valid booking.
  • Students who fail to vacate when requested will be subject to Student Discipline Policy for General Misconduct Policy and Procedure.
  • Students must adhere to the Acceptable use of ICT Resources Policy.

Computer resources

The computers at the University are limited and many students need to use them for course activities. If you are not using them for study purposes, please make them available for those who need to use them.  For more information on lab locations refer to Computer Labs.


Student printing is maintained by Ellipsis Media via the Print Kiosk (formerly Print Express).  The printers on the network are used by many users in different laboratories and running different applications.  If the setup of the printers is altered, then their operation for other applications will not work as required.  The printer setups must not be changed.  For more information refer to Student Printing.

Priority for use of computers

Priority for use of the computers in the laboratories is given to booked tutorials, followed by assignment and course work.  If access to a computer is still available after these, you are able to use the computers for general use for educational purposes.  Games are not permitted at any time. 

Reporting Faults

If you discover any equipment with a fault, do not assume that it has been reported and move to another machine. Please report the fault to the ICT Service Desk so that it may be fixed.

Use legitimate software only

Unless otherwise stated, duplication of any software supplied by the University constitutes a breach of copyright regulations.

Illegal or swapped software (including DOS) may not work on the University's computers. Programs can harbour viruses which infect computers, consequently destroying your files and those of subsequent users. Public domain virus detection software is available for loan from the University's library.

Please note that disciplinary action may be taken against those who violate any of these guidelines, in accordance with the policies identified above.