15. Laboratory Policy

CSE Lab computer accounts information is available at the CSE Labs account information page.

Unless a different policy is explicitly announced in class, all computer programming assignments must be designed and implemented by each student individually. Students should take reasonable precautions against having their work improperly used by others. These precautions include protecting computer files with passwords and not leaving work or passwords in public places.

Use of a computer system account carries responsibilities established by the Minnesota Computer Crime Act (sections 609.87, 609.88 and 609.89), the University of Minnesota Regents (Administrative Statement on Responsible Computer Use, April 1984), the Student Conduct Code. Your responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • You must use your account only for the authorized purposes relating to the class(es) in which you are enrolled.
  • You are not authorized to use your account to play games, to do work on behalf of clubs or businesses, to do assignments for other people, etc. All reasonable uses directly related to your class are encouraged. If in doubt, consult the instructor, the lab manager or a member of the systems staff.
  • You must not permit others to use your account. You are responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your password and for changing it regularly.
  • Some minimal standard of personal behavior is expected of all computer account users. Sending obscene or offensive messages through computer mail is in poor taste and is forbidden.
  • You must not damage or attempt to damage systems or data.
  • You must not access or attempt to access systems or data that you are not authorized to access. This includes plagiarizing your colleagues' work.
  • Learn about the limitations and strengths of computer system security. Know how to use system security features to verify that others cannot plagiarize your work.
  • Help identify cheaters and malicious users. Talk to your TA, professor or the lab manager. Reports will be held confidential and will be independently verified.

Violations are handled by the CS&E department. Violators will lose their computer accounts and may receive an F in their class. Further, violators will be subject to (1) disciplinary action under Regents regulations, and (2) prosecution under the Minnesota Computer Crime Statutes. As with any criminal matter, such prosecution is handled by officials of the justice system and, once initiated, is not within the direct control of the University.