MnSCU & WSU Computer Use Policy

If you choose to use the WSU Library's public computers, please read and abide by the MnSCU Acceptable Use of Computers and Information Technology Resources (Procedure 5.22.1). Please contact a WSU personnel or WSU Security if unlawful usage occurs.


Read full policy at: MnSCU Computer Use Policy (applies to all WSU and community users)

Community Patron Computer Usage Policy
Darrell W. Krueger Library - Winona State University

The Darrell W. Krueger Library at Winona State University (WSU) is a public facility with an educational, research, and service mission.  Its principal mission is to support the academic well-being and interests of its primary clientele, namely the students, faculty, staff, and administration of Winona State University. 

The Krueger Library places a high priority on public access to information resources as well as providing a safe and comfortable learning environment for all library users and a secure and non-hostile work environment for library personnel.  The Krueger Library reserves the right to block certain sites to conform to MnSCU Acceptable Use Policy and the educational, research, and service mission of WSU.

Library users are subject to all WSU policies, MnSCU policies (including Policy 5.22 on Acceptable Use of Computers and Information Technology Resources and its implementing Procedure 5.22.1), and all applicable laws.  All users will be legally responsible for the contents of their communications.

Use of University information technology is a privilege conditioned on adherence to these policies and procedures.  Conduct that violates these policies, or state or federal laws, is a serious abuse subject to limitation or termination of user privileges and appropriate disciplinary action, legal action, or both.

PART 1.  Library Access

The students, faculty, staff, and administrators of Winona State University are the Krueger Library’s primary clientele and as such may be accorded access privileges greater than those of non-University users.  The information resources and services, including computer access, of the Krueger Library are made available to the community patrons as a privilege, with the exception of computer access to U.S. government documents, discussed further below in Part 2.

A.        Identification Requirements

Required Identification.  Community patrons requesting circulation privileges and passwords for access to the Library’s computers must complete the Krueger Community UserID Request Form and present a valid passport or government-issued photo ID with an expiration date (such as a driver’s license), at the time of application.  Minors (under age 18) must have a parent or responsible caregiver complete this form as the requestor and responsible person in the presence of a Krueger Library staff member.  Individuals under the age of 16 are not issued passwords for computer use or circulation privileges.   Exceptions may be made, such as for WSU-sponsored programs, at the discretion of the Dean of the Library.

Individual Access Codes.  Barcodes, passwords, and other types of authorization may be assigned to individual users to facilitate use of Library resources and circulation of Library materials.  These shall not be shared with others, with the exception of minors under the age of 16 who use a public-access computer under the direct supervision of a parent or responsible caregiver.  If this authorization is inappropriately shared or divulged, the individual assigned this authorization may lose all library privileges and may be held responsible for any actions, legal or otherwise, that arise from the misuse.

B.        Terms of Use

Time Limit.  Community patron accounts are limited to a maximum of two hours per day.  This amount of time may be reduced under special circumstances, such as times when the Library is very busy.  Community patrons who have a need within the MnSCU acceptable use policy and the educational, research, and service mission of WSU who seek to appeal these limits may petition the Dean of the Library an exemption for higher use limit.   Extensions are granted only for uses within the acceptable use policy.

Printing and Downloading.  Printing should be limited to items that support educational and research related activities. Library printers should not be used for commercial or personal agendas.  Users shall not load software or save anything to the hard drive of public computers.

Computing Services Provided.  Community patron users are provided access to a web browser and a word processing program on computers located in the Krueger Library. Software availability is limited by existing contracts with respective software vendors. This service does not include Winona State University-provided e-mail and file storage, customized desktop or program settings, dial-up access, or access to the campus network and Internet through a personal computer.

WSU makes no warranties respecting any harm that may be caused by defective Library equipment or by transmission of a computer virus, worm, time bomb, logic bomb, or other such computer program while using Library resources.

Public-Access Computers.  Use of public-access computers must be within the MnSCU Acceptable Use policy and the education, research, and service mission of WSU.  Inappropriate uses of public-access computers include, but are not limited to:  (1) recreational use (e.g. game-playing); (2) use unrelated to information-gathering for educational and research purposes (e.g. chat-room, graphic websites, bulletin boards); and (3) use for private financial purposes (e.g. conducting business, using online auction sites).

C.        Library Access by Minors

Minors 16 and Older.  Minors age 16 and older may use the Krueger Library unattended by an adult, subject to other Krueger Library policies and behavior compatible with WSU's policies of student conduct.  Minors must have a photo identification verifying age.

Minors Under 16.  Minors under the age of 16 must be accompanied and directly supervised at all times by a parent or responsible caregiver 18 years or older.  Violations of this policy may result in loss of library privileges for both the minor and the parent or responsible caregiver.

Parent Responsibility.  Parents and responsible caregivers are solely responsible for educating and monitoring the activities of a minor in their legal custody and are responsible for all activity that a minor undertakes during use of library/computer resources.  The Krueger Library faculty and staff do not monitor the use of library and computer resources, including the Internet, with the purpose of determining whether the use of such resources is appropriate for minors.

PART 2.  U. S. Government Publications

As a Federal Depository Library, the Krueger library provides free access for the general public to the U.S. government publications collection, including through electronic resources. The general public can view both online and locally held government information for free during all hours we are open.

Nevertheless, public access is subject to reasonable policies of the University, including conduct restrictions, and registration and identification requirements.  Depositories are not required to serve patrons who do not have a depository-related need to be in the library.  Consistent with University and Depository policy, Depository libraries may bar or remove any individual who poses a threat to library personnel, other patrons, or the security of the Depository collections.

PART 3.  Appropriate Use of Library Resources

All Library patrons are expected to respect the University’s mission to provide a safe and comfortable learning environment for all library users and a secure and non-hostile work environment for library personnel.  Prohibited behaviors include, but are not limited to:

A.        Intentionally seeking information on, obtaining copies of, modifying, or tampering with files, passwords, or any type of data belonging to other users, unless specifically authorized to do so by those other users.
B.        Compromising the privacy of users, including, but not limited to, misrepresenting or forging identities on, or through the use of, the WSU network.
C.        Sharing library account passwords with others.

D.        Seeking to avoid accountability for the use of computing resources, facilities, and/or equipment.

E.         Making excessive use of resources, controlled or otherwise, such as downloading large files.
F.         Sending obscene, abusive, harassing, or threatening messages to any other individual.
G.        Engaging in vandalism or mischief that incapacitates, compromises, or destroys the Krueger Library's computing resources.

H.        Harassing Library personnel or other Library users.  Harassment includes the display of graphics that may reasonably be interpreted as offensive.

I.          Behaving in a manner that is disruptive, abusive, offensive, or insensitive to the rights of others, or obstructs others’ use of the Library.

J.          Failing to follow the reasonable instructions and directives of Library personnel.

PART 4.  Enforcement of Library Policy

Library patrons, whom Library personnel reasonably believe, are violating University or Library policy, or any law, will be subject to losing Library privileges.  Community users additionally may be banned from the Library building or, in severe cases, may lose the privilege of entering onto University property altogether.

If appropriate to enforce University or Library policy, Library personnel may involve WSU Security or local law enforcement. 

PART 5.  Data Collection, Retention, and Use

All Library users are reminded that the Library’s computers are owned by the State of Minnesota, and as such any and all software, data, or other information stored on a State-owned computer are property of the State and WSU may monitor, read, examine, seize, confiscate, or disclose this information as necessary, including to appropriate civil authorities.  WSU reserves the right to suspend and examine any account or network access pending review by University and/or appropriate law enforcement officials.


The Darrell W. Krueger Library faculty acknowledges the significant contributions in developing this document of the policies developed by St. Cloud University James W. Miller Learning Resource Center, Metropolitan State University Library, The University of Minnesota Libraries, the University of Minnesota Duluth Library, and numerous other academic libraries throughout the United States.  Reviewed by the Attorney General’s office of the State of Minnesota, October 22, 2007.  Approved and adopted by the Krueger Library October 30, 2007.

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