Guest Computer Accounts for Non-OSU patrons
To resolve security, performance and other issues that affect the OSU community, the OSU Office of Information Technology must be able to trace network activity that originates from an OSU computer back to the user. Specifically, users of workstations, laptops, dial-up modem pools, wireless networks, VPN concentrators, and proxies are required to authenticate before they can access the Internet.
Guest Authentication Policy: Non-OSU users must get a Guest Authentication account from staff at Library Circulation Desks in order to use designated computers when available in campus libraries. Guest users must also show proof of identification using at least one of the following VALID picture IDs: (U.S. driver's license, passport, School ID, State of Ohio ID). The guest account authorization must be used in the location where it is issued, must only be used by the user it is issued to and will automatically expire at the end of the activation period. Internet access is provided as a courtesy for guest users to be used as a scholarly research tool. Users are required to follow the Policy on Responsible Use of University Computing and Network Resources (http://cio.osu.edu/policies/responsible_use.html).
The following rules apply to using computing equipment within the University Libraries:
1. Computing resources in the University Libraries are provided primarily for the use of the students, staff, and faculty of the Ohio State University and for public use of the United States Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) Collection. To help manage the availability of Internet computers for this purpose, chat groups, dating services, and online games are not permitted.
2. OSU students, staff, and faculty have priority for all computers. The Library reserves the right to refrain from issuing guest access and/or limit the amount of time a guest may occupy a computer during periods of high demand, to be determined at the discretion of Library staff. Guests are expected to comply when asked by Library staff to relinquish a computer.
Consequences of Misuse:
The University Libraries reserves the right to deny use of computer equipment and/or to have non-compliant patrons leave the library if they are found to be in violation of any part of this policy. In addition, reported misconduct, including but not limited to: viewing of pornographic materials, loud, threatening or any disruptive behavior, (see Consumer Code of Conduct) will be reason for denial of any future guest privileges, these and other acts may also be reported to Library Security and University Police as appropriate. Repeat offenders and/or abuse of guest accounts will result in denial of future access privileges.