Student Handbook - Policies All Students Need to Know - Lake Land College, Mattoon Illinois

Policies All Students Need to Know

This section highlights a few of the College policies of particular interest to students including: Animals on Campus; Bulletin Boards and Publicity; Children in the Classroom; Communicable Diseases; Smoking, Eating and Drinking; and Internet/Computer Network. Students may view the Lake Land College Board Policy Manual for additional information.  

Animals on Campus
Animals are prohibited from Lake Land College campus buildings, except when authorized by the Vice President for Business Services, or when the use of an animal is required to assist an individual with a documented disability, e.g. seeing-eye dog. Individuals who require the use of a service animal due to a documented disability must register with the Office of Student Accommodations. Any animal that is authorized to be on campus shall be restrained by a cage or leash.

Bulletin Boards and Publicity
College events and announcements can be placed on bulletin boards. Publicity, size, and content must be approved by the Student Life Office or the Communications and Creative Services Office. Posters, pictures, etc., may be hung only in designated locations. Posters may be displayed for a period not to exceed two weeks. Exceptions may be requested through the Student Life Office. If you wish to place an announcement in The Navigator, please email your request to, or call 234-5269. Individuals and organizations wishing to distribute materials or literature on campus must contact the Director of Student Life, at 234-5270, for methods and procedures.

Children in the Classroom
Since it is important to every student that the learning environment be as free from disruptions as possible, parents will not be permitted to bring children to classes or to leave them unattended on school premises. Children participating in college-sanctioned courses or activities are allowed in classrooms and designated areas at the times and locations specified for those activities. (Board policy 06.49)

Communicable Diseases
The Lake Land College Board of Trustees policy on Chronic Communicable Disease (11.05) provides rules and regulations for students with communicable diseases. Students who are diagnosed as having, or carrying a communicable disease should report to the College Nurse. Communicable diseases are those defined by the Illinois Department of Public Health to be contagious, infectious, communicable and dangerous to the public health. A student shall be permitted to remain in class whenever, through reasonable accommodation, there is no significant risk of transmission of the disease to others.

Smoking and Use of Tobacco Products
Lake Land College is concerned with providing a healthy and productive work environment for its employees and students. Smoking and the use of tobacco products shall be prohibited on any property owned or operated by the College and in College vehicles. Failure to comply may result in a fine per state guidelines as posted on the Lake Land College Police Department website. State law provides an exception to this policy allowing use of tobacco products in personal vehicles located more than 15 feet from any building entrance. For more information, please visit the Smoke and Tobacco Free college website.

Food and Drink Restrictions
Food and drink, with the exception of water in a sealable container, shall be prohibited in the theater, main level in the Learning Resources Center (library) and all college classrooms and labs. (Board Policy 09.10)

Internet/Computer Network

Acceptable Technology Use Policy

  1. Intent of Policy
    The intent of the Lake Land College Acceptable Technology Use Policy is to establish that technology provided by Lake Land College is intended to support the mission of the College. The term "technology" refers to but is not limited to computers, digital visual presenters, telephones, information networks, email, Internet, and/or other assistive technologies invented in the future. This policy applies to local and remote users of Lake Land College technology resources. Users shall regard the use of Lake Land College's technology as a privilege, not a right.

  2. Acceptance of Terms and Conditions
    All terms and conditions as stated in this document are applicable to the use of technology resources at Lake Land College. These terms and conditions shall be governed and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of Illinois and the United States of America. The user understands and will abide by the terms and conditions of the Acceptable Technology Use Policy at Lake Land College. If a user commits any violation of the Acceptable Technology Use Policy, access privileges may be revoked and disciplinary and/or appropriate legal action may be taken.

  3. Privacy
    Lake Land College reserves the right to review the contents and usage of any provided technology and has the right to share any content in violation of this policy with appropriate authorities in compliance with local, state and federal laws.

  4. Acceptable Rules of Network Etiquette
    All users of Lake Land College technology resources are expected to comply with generally accepted rules of network etiquette. Users are expected to:

    A.   Respect the privacy of other users.

    1. Users shall not intentionally seek information on, obtain copies of, or modify files, sensitive data, other data, or passwords belonging to other users or represent themselves as another user.

    2. Sensitive data shall not be disclosed indiscriminately or inappropriately. Precautions should be taken to prevent unlawful access to such data.

    B.   Respect the legal protection provided by copyright and license, to electronic information.
    C.   Respect the integrity of information networks.

    1. Users shall not intentionally use programs that harass other users or infiltrate the technology resources and/or damage or alter the software components of technology resources.

    2. Users shall accept responsibility for all uses of the technology resources and systems account usernames and passwords.

    3. Users will refrain from using the technology resources for personal financial gain. This shall include electronic chain letters, political lobbying, and promotion of products or services of a local business or one's own product or service.

    4. Lake Land College has the right to filter incoming or outgoing electronic resources and email that it considers spam or that may be harmful to Lake Land College computers or infrastructure.

    D.   Refrain from transmitting any material in violation of federal, state or local regulations. This shall include but is not limited to threatening, harassing or obscene material or material protected by trade secret.

    E.   Adhere to federal, state, and local guidelines about revealing others’ personal information, including laws such as Family Education Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA), the USA Patriot Act, and other related acts.

  5. User Accountability
    Lake Land College reserves the right to limit or restrict access to Internet-based resources that in the College's judgment are not related to the mission of the College and/or its educational purposes. Individuals who are using Lake Land College Technology resources inappropriately may be denied access to these resources. Users who breach this policy may be disciplined according to the appropriate disciplinary and personnel channels of the College.

  6. Public Representation
    Users of Lake Land College technology resources will adhere to and uphold the guidelines put forth in this policy. The use of technology resources reflects directly and indirectly upon Lake Land College; therefore, all use should appropriately reflect the positive image of the College.

  7. Disclaimer
    Lake Land College makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the service it is providing. Lake Land College will not be responsible for any damages suffered. Use of any information obtained via technology resources through Lake Land College is at the user's risk. Lake Land College specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy, quality, or content of information obtained through technology resources.




Board Policy 11.15