Policy & Legal
Copyright and Fair Use
Bossier Parish Community College Learning Commons provides connectivity to LOUIS (Louisiana Online University Information System) and the Internet.
The basic purpose is to provide research instruction to students and to allow access to information resources available on the Internet and the commercially prepared databases of LOUIS. All use of the Learning Commons is subject to federal, state, and local law, and BPCC regulations. Users must observe intellectual property rights, in particular, the software copyright law.
All use of Learning Commons computers and networks must be consistent with all contractual obligations of the College, including limitations defined in software and other licensing agreements. Users must not make or attempt any deliberate, unauthorized access to or changes in data on a Learning Commons computer. It is not acceptable to access sexually explicit materials. Users must observe all applicable policies of external data networks when using such networks.
Without specific authorization, users of computing or network facilities must not cause, permit, or attempt any destruction or modification of data or computing equipment, including but not limited to alteration of data, reconfiguration of control switches or parameters, or changes in firmware. The rule seeks to protect “data and computing equipment” owned by Bossier Parish Community College or any other person or entity. Specific authorization refers to permission of the Head of the Computing Services Department.
Users must not defeat or attempt to defeat security systems, such as “cracking” security systems, passwords, room locks, or alarm systems.
Users must not deny or interfere with or attempt to deny or interfere with service to other users, e.g., by means of “resources hogging,” distribution of viruses, etc.
Learning Commons facilities must not be used to threaten or harass any person. A user must cease interfering in any way with another user’s normal use of computer facilities if the aggrieved user makes a reasonable request for such cessation, in the opinion of the lab coordinator or librarian.
Without specific authorization by the Chief Information Officer, users must not remove any equipment, software or documents from the Commons.
Without specific authorization, users must not physically or electrically attach any foreign devices (such as an external disk, printer, or video system) to the Learning Commons equipment.
Reports of Violations
Users must report any evidence of violation of these rules to appropriate Learning Commons personnel. Users must not conceal or help to conceal or “cover up” violations by any party.
The Learning Commons is authorized to apply certain penalties to enforce its policies and regulations. Such penalties may include temporary or permanent elimination of access privileges.
A person accused of a violation will be notified of the charge and have an opportunity to respond before a final determination of a Learning Commons penalty. The Dean of Learning Resources must approve any penalty after considering all available evidence, extenuating factors and any explanations offered by the accused. If a penalty is made, the accused violator may appeal to the Vice Chancellor for Student Services. If the violation warrants action beyond a penalty, the case may be referred to other authorities, such as a police authority.
BPCC Web Site Accessibility
The BPCC web site pages are checked using WC3 validation. WC3 follows the Web Content Guidelines as noted in the Americans with Disabilities Act. We strive to make the BPCC web site experience as accessible as possible to all individuals. However, due to the large variety and amount of content on our site, and ever-changing world of technology, there may be portions that are not accessibility compliant. If you find any aspect of our web site for which this is the case, please email the Interim Student and Disability Services Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 318-678-6511 and we will strive to correct the issue wherever possible.
To learn more about the College’s ADA policy and how to access ADA services, visit the Disability Services page. Students are encouraged to visit Building D, room 108 or call 318-678-6020.
The Circulation Desk is located on the second floor of the Library.
- A current BPCC ID is required to check out materials at the BPCC Library. If you do not have an ID, go to the Student Life Office in Building F.
- All material is checked out at the Circulation Desk.
- Only current BPCC students, faculty and staff and LALINC card holders can check out material.
Loan periods and limits vary according to the type of material being checked out.
- Books (Fiction, Nonfiction, Biography, Short Story, and LA collection only, up to 20 at one time):
- Students: 14 days
- Faculty/Staff: Semester
- Audio-visual Material (CD-ROMs and DVDs, up to 2 at one time)
- Students: 3 days, may be renewed for an additional 3 days
- Faculty/Staff: 7 days
- Audio cassettes, Audio CDs (music and audio books, up to 5 at one time):
- Students: 14 days
- Faculty/Staff: 14 days
- Reserve Material (for use in Learning Commons only):
- 2 hours, may be renewed for an additional 2 hours
- Books may be renewed by accessing your account through the Review my Account or tab feature or by visiting the Learning Commons in person.
- Books may be renewed up to two times
- Audio-visual items may be renewed once
- Overdue Fines
- Books: $0.50 per day per book
- Reserve Materials: $0.25 per hour per item
- Audio-Visual Materials: $1.00 per day per item
Lost item charges are the replacement cost of item plus a $5.00 processing fee.
- These computers are the property of Bossier Parish Community College and usage is restricted according to the LCTCS Board and BPCC policies. The use of College electronic resources to make threats, engage in harassing behavior, and to view, download, or communicate pornography is prohibited.
- Only one student per computer is permitted, unless permission is granted from the Lab Manager.
- Printing is limited to 300 pages of research and classroom related material per student per month.
- There is no expectation of privacy. All computer activity is monitored.
Failure to abide by this policy may result in suspension and/or expulsion from the College.
LALINC is the Louisiana Academic Library Information Network.
LALINC offers a way for current students, faculty and staff of Louisiana colleges and universities to borrow items from other academic libraries in Louisiana. If you are a current student or faculty or staff member and are in good standing with the Learning Commons, you may request a LALINC card at the Circulation desk. You may then present your card at other Louisiana university libraries to borrow material.
Key Copyright Sites
- Copyright Clearance Center
- Copyright Crash Course (U Texas)
- Copyright Management Center (Indiana University Purdue)
- U.S. Copyright Office
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
- Creative Commons
- American Association of Publishers’ Statement on Scanning
U.S. Codes and Statutes
This publication contains the text of title 17 of the United States Code, including all amendments enacted by Congress through June 30, 2016. It includes the Copyright Act of 1976 and all subsequent amendments to copyright law; the Semiconductor Chip Protection Act of 1984, as amended; and the Vessel Hull Design Protection Act, as amended. The Copyright Office is responsible for registering intellectual property claims under all three.
Copyright Regulations codified in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) from the US Copyright Office as of July 1, 2002
Code of Federal Regulations from the US Government Printing Office
Federal Register – The U.S. Copyright Office issues announcements, rules, proposed rules, and other notices in the Federal Register, an official U.S. government publication published daily by the National Archives and Records Administration
Other Legislation and Issues