CS 261 Computers, the User and Society Fall 2020 

Paper 2

The Albion College Student Handbook has a section on Use of Information Technology Resources on page 24. It states Albion College’s policy for acceptable use of information technology resources appears in Appendix A. That policy also requires students to follow the Merit Acceptable Use Policy. It also requires you to comply with other policies such as the Acceptable Usage Policy from the Albion College Employee Services Manual. Is this policy good?

You might consider comparing Albion's policies to those of other academic institutions.


Write a 750-1000 word paper discussing this issue from a student and a College perspective. What are the strengths of the policy? What are the weaknesses? What would you change, add, or remove to strengthen this policy?

Base your argument in the context of our class discussions and material our text. Additional references can be used and should be appropriately cited.

Write you paper as if you are writing this as a proposal to the College administration or student government.

Grading Rubric

Grade Element Point Assessment
An introduction helps focus the readers attention on the contents of your paper. It should contain a strong clear thesis that is defended in the rest of the paper. It should clearly define the issue at hand and give any needed background information. A good length for an introductory paragraph is 50-150 words.
Main Body
The body defends your thesis in three to five paragraphs. Each paragraph focuses on a single claim that advances your position. You should argue the strengths and weaknesses of each claim, rather than exclusively positives or exclusively negatives. Each major claim you make should be justified using evidence, examples, or scenarios that defend the claim. Don't assume the reader agrees with your claims — convince them! Your writing should demonstrate you fully understand the complexity of the issue and how our course material leads relates to the issue. Sources beyond our text should be cited appropriately in a manner that a reader can find that source. In particular, you should state and address the ethical issues.
A conclusion that weighs the positives and negatives leading to a final analysis. One way to think about this section is that it is a call to action to makes a recommendation. For example, this might be advocating increased education about the benefits of a policy. It might also suggest a policy be altered in a specific way.
Mechanics and Writing
Include your name and a title for your paper. Your paper must a PDF with a 10-12 point font, a professional font face, and 1-1.5" margins. Your paper should be free of typos and grammatical errors. Your paper should be well organized and enjoyable to read.
Total 100


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