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Frequently Asked Questions

It is inappropriate to shop, play games, or conduct other personal business or activities on Computers Commons' computers:

Why are the computers in the Computer Commons not available for community members?
There are a couple of locations at PVCC where computers are available for community members who are not students: Cyber-cafe in B and the Library in E. Computers in lab classrooms, Computer Commons Open Lab, science labs, and Learning Support Center are only available for access by students. The Computer Commons is a fee-based service to support PVCC students in their coursework and school-related activities.

Why can't I play a game or watch a DVD on the computers while waiting for my next class, I paid my fee?
The fee is designed to provide funds for paper, toner cartridges, memory upgrades, and other support of the CC hardware. The computers are provided to support students coursework and school-related activities. Any activity that is unrelated to coursework or other school activities is inappropriate use of the CC computers. There is a DVD player available in the Library for students to use to watch DVD's.

I am a student at another Maricopa college, but I live closer to PVCC. Why can't I use the lab, I am willing to pay the $15 fee?
The Computer Commons is a fee-based service to support PVCC students in their coursework and school-related activities. We work hard to be sure we are familiar with most of the PVCC computer lab courses, texts, and instructors. Our software and data files are coordinated to support PVCC's instruction. In addition, each campus decides how to support computers and access for their students. We cannot adequately supply computers and support for anyone or activity other than PVCC coursework or school-related activities.

Can I design and print brochures for my church or business in the CC?
No, the computers are provided to support PVCC students' coursework and school-related activities. Any activity that is personal or unrelated to PVCC coursework or PVCC school activities is inappropriate use of the CC computers.

What's going to happen if I ignore the CC policies?
Inappropriate use can result in the loss of all privileges to use the Open Lab.

Who do I contact if I want to discuss these policies further?
Mary Lou Goff
Coordinator, Computer Commons
Paradise Valley Community College
18401 N. 32nd St.
Phoenix, AZ 85032
voice: 602.787.6752