Computer Use

Communication with Students

The VCCS has established email as a primary vehicle for official communication with students. An official VCCS Gmail (Google) email address has been established and assigned by the VCCS and the colleges for each registered student. All communications sent via email will be sent to the student’s official VCCS Gmail (Google) email address. Faculty members will use the student’s official VCCS Gmail (Google) email address to communicate with a student registered in their classes and administrative units will correspond with students via this address.

The VCCS expects that students will receive and read email in a timely manner. Students are expected to maintain their accounts and check their email periodically so that new mail will be properly received and read. A student’s failure to receive and read official College communications delivered to their VCCS Gmail (Google) email address in a timely manner does not absolve that student from knowing and complying with the content of such communications.

While students are allowed to auto-redirect/forward email from their official VCCS Gmail (Google) email address to another address (e.g.,, they do so at their own risk. The VCCS is not responsible for the handling of email by other service providers. Having email redirected/forwarded does not absolve students from knowing and complying with the content of the communication sent to their official College email address.

Computers on Campus

Computers for Student Use

Computers and computer software support are available on the Weyers Cave campus in room G249 (second floor of the Houff Student Center). Hours are posted at or by contacting (540) 453-2400 for details. When classes are not in session, computers are available in D115, F104, F108, F109, and F115. There are also networked computers available for student use in the Houff Library, first floor of Houff Building near the security desk, and the Fine Arts building. Computer labs are open for use by currently enrolled BRCC students only. Computers for public use are available in the Library. Due to increasing volume and rising costs, students should print only what is needed for their BRCC courses.

Students should use only their official VCCS email accounts to communicate with College faculty, staff, and administrators. Similarly, students should check their VCCS accounts on a daily basis in order to remain informed of College and VCCS communications. If students make queries to BRCC or VCCS administrative offices or faculty from non-VCCS email accounts (such as Hotmail or AOL), they will be asked to resubmit their query using the official VCCS account.

Computer Ethics Guidelines

Thousands of users share VCCS Information Technology resources. Everyone must use these resources responsibly since misuse by even a few individuals has the potential to disrupt VCCS business or the work of others. Therefore, you must exercise ethical behavior when using these resources.

State Law (Article 7.1 of Title 18.2 of the Code of Virginia) classifies damage to computer hardware or software (18.2-152.4), invasion of privacy (18.2-152.5), or theft of computer services (18.2-152.6) of computer systems as (misdemeanor) crimes. Computer fraud (18.2-152.3) and use of a computer as an instrument of forgery (18.2-152.14) can be felonies. The VCCS’s internal procedures for enforcement of its policy are independent of possible prosecution under the law.