DLL Policies

Use of the the Digital Learning Lab (formerly the New Media Center) during posted open hours is limited to students and staff of the University. The Digital Learning Lab's services and/or the use of the equipment only to members of the Princeton University community who are working on projects that are related to academic work and/or related to the mission of Princeton University. An active Princeton University NetID is required to enter and access the lab computers. Children are not allowed in the lab, except as authorized through scheduled activities appropriate for their age group.

Under no circumstances may the Digital Learning Lab be used by Princeton students, staff, or faculty to generate additional income for themselves. Non-profit activity not related to University business is not allowed.

The lab computers are the property of Princeton University. Lab userswill be held responsible for replacement or repair if STOLEN or DAMAGED through negligence or abuse. Lab users are expected to adhere to and abide by these guidelines.

  1. No tobacco products or food are permitted in the lab. Drinks are permitted when in containers with a lid. Cell phones should be placed on vibrate before entering the lab. If a phone call needs to be taken or made please exit the lab to take or make the call.
  2. Modification, deletion, or copying of Princeton University or copyrighted software is expressly forbidden.
  3. Personal files must be deleted or saved to a network storage drive or external digital storage device at each visit.  Personal files remaining on hard drives will be deleted. Bookmarks, favorites and website shortcuts should not be made on lab machines.
  4. Unauthorized shareware, public domain, privately owned, and commercial software are not to be installed on lab computers.
  5. User conduct must respect the rights of others.  Disruptive behavior is not permitted. Computer lab consultants are authorized to take appropriate actions toward users who do not follow reasonable rules of conduct.
  6. Computer lab consultants may be present to assist users with computer or software problems and use.  They are not authorized to complete classroom assignments for students.
  7. Games for entertainment or amusement are not allowed. This includes online games played over the internet. Chatting is prohibited in the labs unless used for communicating with an instructor or other students in a legitimate class activity. This includes chat programs such as: AOL Instant Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, ICQ, MSN Messenger or other chat programs from commercial and non-commercial sources. Internet gambling and games of chance are also included in the definition of entertainment, amusement and online games
  8. Printer paper and toner cartridges are provided and maintained by Princeton University.  Portable drives, disks, and other storage devices or other supplies are the responsibility of users.

Digital Learning Lab Security Camera

The Digital Learning Lab employs a web-based video surveillance network camera to monitor activity within the Digital Learning Lab for the purpose of security.

The purpose of video monitoring of the Digital Learning Lab is to deter theft or destruction of Digital Learning Lab equipment, to deter installation of malicious and/or unauthorized software on Digital Learning Lab workstations, and to monitor activity within and/or unauthorized entry into the Digital Learning Lab after normal operating hours.

Footage from the security camera is continuously streamed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to a private, password-protected web site via an integrated web server. At present, no footage is archived. However, screenshot captures of security camera footage may be taken by Digital Learning Lab staff for use as evidence in disciplinary proceedings.

Security camera screenshots and/or printouts of security camera screenshots may be stored for a period not to exceed 30 days and will then be erased or destroyed, unless retained as part of a criminal investigation or court proceedings (criminal or civil), or other bona fide use as approved by the Department of Public Safety.

Access to video monitoring footage is limited only to select Digital Learning Lab staff. Video monitoring of the Digital Learning Lab will be conducted in a professional, ethical, and legal manner.

Video monitoring of the Digital Learning Lab is limited to the standard of a “reasonable expectation to privacy” as defined by law.