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Internet Use Policy

Libraries/Instructional Design Studio

Use of Internet Access Computers


Public Computer Workstations are provided in the Libraries and Instructional Design Studio (Libraries/IDS) to meet the research and educational needs of UDM students, faculty, staff, alumni and affiliates (Jesuits and Sisters of Mercy). Alumni access does not extend to families of alumni.

Guests in the McNichols Campus Library have access to designated guest computers as follows:
•    Monday-Thursday 2:00 PM-8:00 PM
•    Friday-Saturday 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
•    Sunday 1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Guest access will not be available during the final two weeks of the Fall and Winter terms.

UDM students, faculty, and staff will be given priority access to the Public Computer Workstations. All workstation users may be required to present UDM identification indicating their status as currently enrolled student, faculty, or staff in order to receive and/or be denied such priority access. As an exception to this policy, members of the general public who wish to conduct research in government documents may have use of one of the reference desk computers at any time. Anyone requesting access to depository materials will not be asked for identification.


Unaccompanied young people may use the Guest Computer Workstations as outlined in the Rules for Young People. Go to: to view this policy; disruptive behavior or violation of the workstation access policies will not be tolerated. It is the Libraries' policy that parents or legal guardians must assume responsibility for deciding what library resources are appropriate for their children. The Libraries do not filter Internet access so parents/guardians should let their children know if there are materials that they do not want them to use. Parents/guardians should supervise their children's workstation use.

The Libraries reserve the right to enforce the policies set forth in Rules for Young People in the Library.

The Public Computer Workstations are primarily intended to serve as a gateway to Libraries/IDS-provided information resources such as the online catalog, resources owned by UDM, and licensed information databases. In addition, the workstations can be used for searching and accessing publicly available research and educational materials on the Internet using the standard browsing software provided.  At no time is viewing pornography acceptable under this policy.
The workstations make available Microsoft Office Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Access for preparation of class-related papers, and are available for sending or receiving electronic mail. The workstations are not intended for games, for commercial enterprises, or for any non-educational purpose (e.g., entertainment media).


Printing is permitted from designated Public Computer Workstations; each student may print free of charge 400 pages per academic year. Additional copies may be purchased  at cost in lots of 100. The cost per 100 pages is $5.00. Print allocations are re-set at the beginning of each academic year, and unused balances do not carry over from academic year to academic year

For community users, guests, alumni, and students/faculty from consortium schools, print cards ($1.00 for ten copies, $5.00 for 50 copies) are available from the Check Out and Customer Service Desk

Rules Governing Use

Public Computer Workstation users may not:

  • make any attempt to damage computer equipment or software
  • make any attempt to alter system configurations
  • make any attempt to cause degradation of system performance
  • violate UDM or Libraries policies
  • violate any local, state, or federal laws (viewing pornography is deemed sexual harassment, a violation of the law)
  • violate copyright laws or software licensing agreements
  • engage in any activity which is deliberately and maliciously obscene, libelous, or slanderous.

Public Access workstations will be shut down 10 minutes before closing.

Sexually Offensive Material

When someone sees a sexually explicit image that is being viewed by someone other than the researcher and that image makes the other person uncomfortable,

  • Library personnel to whom a complaint is directed are to ask the researcher to remove the image from the screen; if the image is obviously pornographic the researcher is warned and told to leave the building; following this request, if the researcher refuses to remove the image from the screen, a further complaint may be filed by the complaining patron
  • Library personnel are responsible for informing the complaining patron and the researcher of the University's Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy, giving both the patron and the researcher a copy of same
  • if the researcher does not clear the screen, the library personnel will ask another employee to witness the situation, politely repeating each of the above steps
  • Library personnel will effectively complete the clearing of the screen; when library personnel have to clear the image, library personnel will document (date, time, place, names of persons involved) the situation

Violations of these rules may result in loss of access, up to an including banishment from the campus. Unlawful activities will be dealt with in a serious and appropriate manner.

If you have questions about this policy, please contact the Associate Dean for Public Services, 313 993-1078 or, for more information.

University of Detroit Mercy
4001 W. McNichols Detroit , MI , 48221-3038
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