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 Guidelines for computer laboratories usage

Establish a regulation for the proper use of the resources and capacities within the Latina University of Panama Main Campus computer laboratories.

 Criteria’s to be used 
  • Computer Laboratories physically located on the Main Campus are property of Universidad Latina de Panama and only students, professors, and University Staff have the right to use them. 
  • Three Computer Laboratories exist within the physical structure of the Main Campus located on the second, third, fifth and sixth floor of the Main Building.  These laboratories are as follows: 

Laboratory #



Data Base and Programming Laboratory


Data Base and Programming Laboratory


Data Base and Programming Laboratory


Operative Systems Laboratory


General Use Laboratory


Cisco Academy Laboratory


Electronic and Control Systems Laboratory


General Use Laboratory


English Laboratory – All Schools
Ellis Academic


Homework Development Laboratory – CEP participants


CEP Participants Laboratory


Graphics Design Laboratory


Video Editing and Graphics Design Laboratory


Electronics and Systems Control Laboratory


Video Editing Isles Laboratory


Electronics Tests and Control Systems Laboratory


Financial Simulation Laboratory – CEP Participants

  • All laboratories schedules have been distributed as follows:

Laboratories Schedules are from Monday through Friday from: 7:30 a.m. until 10:30 p.m.
Laboratories Schedule son Saturday are from: 7:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

  • To access any Computer Laboratory, students must present their current Latina University student ID and sign the attendance lists. The person in charge of the laboratory may request to see ID’s at any given time.  If the student fails to do so or show evidence of current attendance at University, the person will be asked to exit the laboratory immediately.  
  • When there are no classes, only one student, per computer,  is allowed, in either Laboratory.
  • It is imperative that all students use 3 ½ disks, ZIP or Flash Memory to save their files, in order not to have the computer’s hard disc saturated. If this happens, it will become impossible to gain access to any of the two storage units.  You must save in My Documents file which will be deleted every week on a pre established scheduled which will be indicated on the outside of the Laboratory.  It is prohibited to save any information on the hard disc unless it saved to My Documents file.
  • The persons in charge of the Laboratories will not be responsible at any time for loss of information found on computer hard discs, since all users have access to it and as mentioned above, all hard discs receive weekly maintenance.   
  • Equipment and program failures must be notified immediately to the person in charge of the computer laboratory.  All previously mentioned applies to students and professors.  No Laboratory User is authorized to make repairs on the equipment, doing so will be penalized. 
  • Theory and practice classes will be taught in laboratories only in presence of the course instructor.  No student or any other person will have access to the computer laboratory during that time, unless the Professor allows it. 
  • To prevent contaminating the computer with a virus, it is a required that every time the student starts a work session, he must apply the anti-virus program to the disc being worked on and in the event of finding one, he must inform the person in charge of the laboratory immediately in order to clean the disc.
  • The person in charge of the laboratory has the authority to confiscate any3 ½ floppy disc, Zip or Flash Memory that may damage any of the units due to its physical state or exterior filth.   In such cases the person in charge will wait until the user may obtain a replacement in good condition in order to transfer the information. 
  • The user must have fully knowledge of the use of the disc units and CD’s.  If the user causes any damage to the equipment due to the use of inadequate discs (ex. Insertion of a 3 ½ floppy into a ZIP unit), he will have to pay for damages. 
  • All entertainment programs, games and similar, may it be on the web, removable units or installed programs, are strictly prohibited.  No user is authorized to change the equipment’s configuration or to install any program in any of the computer laboratories previously mentioned.
  •  Only demonstration programs will be allowed to be used, through previously written request to the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Manager, with the professor’s authorization or person in charge after class hours and under the legal responsibility of the authorizing person.  In the same manner, the program should be removed once the software tests time has expired.
  • Uses of cellular telephones are not permitted in the laboratory since they interfere the functioning of the equipment; these must be turned off before entering the laboratory.
  •  The equipment assigned to the user is responsible for its care, therefore any activity that may affect the adequate functioning or its state, in general, will be subject to sanctions in accordance with the seriousness of the act, which can be from a verbal admonition to as much as payment for damages caused to the equipment or the temporary or definite suspension of the service to the offender.    
  • The student that may affect and / or modify the appearance and functionality of the furniture belonging to the computer laboratories, will me subject to the corresponding sanction for committing the fault.
  • Business Software Alliance (BSA) is an entity which represents the manufacturer’s interests on a worldwide basis, and they watch for legal use of computer software licenses in Panama.  An eventual or possible audit should be considered. By the BSA, no user is allowed to install software in the computer equipment of these laboratories, if the Latina University of Panama does not own a license for said software.   The student who installs software in these laboratories will be subject to a corresponding sanction or penalty imposed by the University.
  • Every user with inappropriate behavior that may affect the normal functioning   within the laboratories can be subject to the application of a corresponding sanction.   
  • The Laboratory is a working center, therefore, eating, drinking, smoking or any other inappropriate action towards the place will be considered as an attempt against the equipment and the people therein, which will obligate the person in charge of the computer laboratory to take the necessary steps to correct this abuse.  
  • The use of audio capacity of the equipment to execute MP3, MP2, wav, midi and similar formats, with uses different than that of educational purpose within the computer laboratories premises is not permitted.  The same applies for the use of ‘Chat’ programs on real time such as ICQ and similar.  Any user that is caught breaking these dispositions will have his turn cancelled for that day in any of the laboratories.  If this conduct is persists, other sanctions will be applied.
  • The use of laboratory equipment to see, distribute, tape and / or modify indecent material in any form is not permitted.  If a user is caught in this situation, he is subject to sanctions that the case may require.  
  • Any student that mistreats the equipment will be sanctioned according the corresponding dispositions.
  • Every student caught removing part of equipment or computer furniture will be sent to the Administration immediately, so that the corresponding sanctioned be applied for this matter.
  •  If there is any equipment or part there of is missing from any of the laboratories, the person in charge must report it IMMEDIATELY, and all costs of the equipment of parts there of,  will be equally divided by the users present during the event, according to the University’s inventory costs.
 Sanctions and Failure to follow Regulations
 Types and Classification of Failures to follow Regulations
  • Minor Offenses:
    • First time Installation and / or use of programs such as ICQ, Real Player, (mesh, KaaZa or other software with similar functions as those previously mentioned.
    • Promote inappropriate conduct in the laboratory.
    • Use of “mpx” to obtain and / or listen to sounds within the laboratory which are not part of the academic formation.
    • Two or more persons using the same equipment.
    • Eating or drinking within the laboratories premises.
    • Changing the appearance of the Computer desktop (installing wallpapers, icons, Mouse pointers or configuration)
    • Misuse of the equipment located in the laboratory.
    • Use of the equipment other than for academic purposes.
  • Serious Offense:
    • Commit a minor offense for the second time, for which the user has been previously been notified and sanctioned.
    • Equipment usage to obtain programs that may damage the equipment by jeans of viruses of the following types:
    • Trojans
    • Polymorphic
    • Macros
    • Worms
    • Change in the computer’s configuration, operative system or the BIOS in any way, including configuration of navigators.
    • Spilling liquids that may cause short circuits in the equipment’s electrical system. 
    • Usage of defective 3 1/2 discs (diskettes) or Zip, that may damage the unit which reads these discs or usage of discs that are not of the unit’s format provoking non repairable damages to the unit.
    • Usages of laboratory equipment to save, distribute, copy and edit indecent or inappropriate material to educational purposes.
    • Connecting any type of hardware that does not belong to the University into equipment located in the laboratories.
  • Most Serious Offense:
    • Committing a serious offense for the second time, for which the user has been previously been notified and sanctioned.
    • Disconnecting any cable which is connected to and from equipment CPU.
    • Damaging, beyond repair, the functioning of software installed in the computer equipment, either by eliminating or by making software files useless. 
    • Trying to access any of the University’s data base by using programs generically known as "crackers", obtained over the Internet.
    • Trying to access any of the laboratories servers by “hacking” the information or eliminating the academia / administrative server.
    • Installing any program which attempts with the laboratories and nets information security (such as netbus, etc.)
    • To render useless one or more laboratory equipment, trough techniques generically known as "hackers".
    • Use with the intention of damaging the equipment with the following types of viruses:
    • Trojans
    • Polymorphic
    • Macros
    • Worms
    • Deliberately appropriate themselves of any equipment and / or software belonging to any of the laboratories. 7
 Sanctions to be applied when incurred in the application of an offense to the regulations which govern the use of the computer laboratories.
  • Minor offenses will be sanctioned as follows:
    • Oral admonishment and record of the offense will be included in the user’s file. 
  • Serious offenses will be sanctioned in the following manner:
    • Use of laboratories will be suspended for a day.  If another serious offense is committed, suspension will be for two weeks. 
    • If the offense includes damage to the equipment, these damages will be paid by the offender at University’s record costs.
  • Most serious offense will bring upon the following sanctions:
    • Suspension of laboratory use for the entire Quarter
    • Payment for damages incurred in according to the University’s record.  
    • Record of offense included in administrative file, which will be opened to any user who incurs in any of these offenses.
    • Record of offense committed and sanction in Academic file.
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