Computer-Related Policies

Technology Systems And Facilities Use

Website: http://www.lycoming.edu/its/

To support the educational mission of the college, Lycoming has networked the entire campus. High-speed networking equipment is in place between all buildings on campus to support wired and wireless connectivity.  Approximately 650 technology devices are deployed to faculty, staff, classrooms, and computer labs.

Computer Labs

A mix of high-end Windows and Apple/Mac computers are located in labs in the Academic Center (B200, B201, C203, A3 and A5).  The Lynn Science Building has a 32 seat Windows based computer lab.  A Digital Media lab is located in the Communications Building and has high-end Apple/Mac computers, primarily running video editing software. More information on software in the labs is available under “Computer Labs” on the ITS home page.

The A3, A5, B200, B201,  and Lynn 57 computer labs are open 24 hours a day 7 days a week during the Academic Year using your Lycoming ID for access.  Hours may vary during the summer, semester breaks, and holidays. Classes are scheduled in the labs during the semester. Schedules are posted online (www.lycoming.edu/its/labs), at each lab location, and at the ITS main office located in the lower level of the Academic Center. If in doubt, call the ITS main Helpdesk at #4150 before visiting.

PC compatible labs are using the Windows 10 operating system. Students are urged to save to their network accounts where nightly backups are performed, USB memory drive, or burning a CD or DVD. Several major software packages are available for student use including the campus standard Microsoft Office 2016 (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Publisher), SPSS, Mathematica, ESRI GIS software, the Adobe Cloud Suite and a variety of others. Black and white and color printing, scanning, and copying are available from all labs with a credit of $30 per semester (~500 sheets of paper). Information Technology Services provides student consultants for over 100 hours each week at the IT Help location on the second floor of the Academic Center.  The ITS second floor help can be reached at #4388.  The ITS main Help can be reached at #4150 during normal business hours (8:00 – 4:30 M-F).

RESNET, Administrative Information & Other Resources

Access to Internet resources is available to all students at Lycoming from the labs and from their rooms in the residence halls using ResNet, which includes wired and wireless Internet access.  Microsoft Internet Explorer is the supported browser for email, web-based file storage, myLyco, and WebAdvisor. Moodle is the official course management program that is also used as an eReserve system in cooperation with the Snowden Library.

All wired and wireless network connections require a user's device to be registered on our network access control system called Campus Manager. All current operating systems updates for Windows and Apple/Mac as well as antivirus/antispyware updates of Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows 7, Windows Defender for Windows 8/10, and Sophos AV for Apple/Mac OS must be loaded on these devices.  

Help & Other Special Technology Purchase Programs

ITS can be contacted by calling extension 4150 or emailing help@lycoming.edu. For full details, visit the ITS homepage at http://www.lycoming.edu/its/.

Our association for private colleges provides software at a discounted price. See http://www.journeyed.com/?SKW=HMSELECT6&ref=select.

Telephone Service

All residence hall rooms are wired for a Voice Over IP phone system (VOIP).  For students where a “land line” phone is desired, the College provides 2 options to students for a VOIP phone:  The first option is to purchase a Cisco VOIP phone from the IT Services department. The current cost is $135 and includes voicemail. Upon graduation, IT Services will buy back the phone at 50% of the purchase price. For more information, please contact the Telecommunications Office.  The second option is to sign up through an online provider such as Skype, which provides phone service through a computer or laptop. However, this option is NOT offered through IT Services and the College will not cover any set-up or maintenance fees charged by third-party providers.

If you desire to make off-campus local and long distances calls or faxes, you will need to apply for a personal Telephone Access Code (TAC). Your TAC number should remain confidential and should not be shared with anyone, as you are responsible for all charges incurred through its use.  For more information, go to: http://www.lycoming.edu/its/telecommunications/tacform.aspx.

Courtesy telephones for on-campus calls are located in Jack’s Corner, and the Heim Science Building. Emergency call boxes are available in all parking lots and on the outside of all residence halls.

Technology-Related Policies

Technology Systems And Facilities Use

The following policy contains the governing philosophy for regulating the use of Lycoming College's technology facilities and resources. Access to the College's technology facilities and resources is a privilege granted solely to Lycoming College faculty, staff, registered students, and those with special accounts. All users of the technology facilities must act responsibly and maintain the integrity of these resources. The College reserves the right to limit, restrict, or extend computing privileges and access to its resources. Those who do not abide by the policies listed below will be subject to disciplinary action.

The Office of the Dean of Student Affairs and/or the Office of Information Technology Services (ITS) should be notified about violations of computer laws and policies as well as about potential loopholes in the security of its computer systems and networks. The user-community is expected to cooperate with ITS in its operation of computer systems and networks and with the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs in the investigation of misuse or abuse.  

Online Directory

Lycoming College publishes an online directory on our external website (www.lycoming.edu). This information contains name and email address. If you wish to not have your name visible on the online directory, please notify the Information Technology Services or the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs.

Social Networks and Student Homepages

Lycoming College extends the privilege to each student to utilize the Internet as a component of the College's instructional technology.  Personal homepages and social network postings of Lycoming College students reflect only the views and opinions of the student authors. Information on these homepages and online communities do not in any manner represent Lycoming College information; neither does the College accepted any responsibility for their content.

All commercial references and/or links on student homepages are prohibited.

Lycoming College reserves the right to access publicly available social networks or social networks associated with the College if it is learned such information is evidence or is the appearance of a violation(s) of the Student Code of Conduct. Such information may include but is not limited to the following: harassment; vandalism; underage consumption; intimidation or coercion, or academic dishonesty.

Student Organization Website Guidelines

All student organizations are required to develop a web presence on the Lycoming College Website. Websites are beneficial to student organizations because they:

  • Promote the functions and activities of an organization to the College community and perspective students.
  • Provide a unique medium for communicating an organization's information.
  • Provide easy access to additional information of interest.
  • Promote the sharing of information and knowledge.

Space on the College server for organization websites is offered free of charge to all recognized student organizations. Students are reminded that the use of the College server to host an organization website is a privilege. With this privilege comes the responsibility to maintain organization websites so that they promote clubs and organizations in a positive manner and reinforce the values articulated in the Mission of the College.

Lycoming College Student Organization websites reflect only the views and opinions of the student organizations. Information on these websites does not necessarily represent the views of Lycoming College; nor does the College accept responsibility for their content.

Questionable content is any material on an organization's website or links to other websites that are determined by the Webmaster for the Division of Student Life to violate the principles articulated in the Mission of Lycoming College. The College does not permit information on organization websites that constitutes advertisement for commercial enterprises or promotes personal or financial gain.

Removal or Unlinking of Website Due to Questionable Content

The College reserves the right to unlink or remove pages immediately upon the notification concerning questionable content of a website. Upon unlinking or removal, the sponsoring organization will be notified of the situation and given the opportunity to explain the questionable content of the website or make changes to the website. If the organization and the Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life and Involvement cannot resolve the situation, the matter will be heard by the Organizational Standards Judicial Board.