Computer Labs and Printing Policies
Computer Freezes & Shutdowns
Computers in the following classrooms have been programmed to prevent the downloading of unauthorized software (LRC, Library Large Study Room#126, MERC 242, CLB 109, CLB111, CLB114, and SAGC600-GIS Lab). This impacts the saving of items such as documents and presentations:
LRC/Lab Printing Policy
Policy - Students will be restricted from printing documents over 25 pages long and limited to printing a total of no more than 40 pages per day. Rather than implement an expensive and cumbersome system to track printing by student, TAMUG will initially issue this as a policy and students will be required to follow this policy. If this policy is not effective in controlling costs and reducing waste then a system for tracking and charging for excessive printer usage by student will be implemented.
Background - TAMUG has historically provided printers in the LRC and computer labs at no additional charge. TAMUG intends to continue to offer printers. In order to do so, a limit is being placed on the number of pages that a student may print. The number of printed pages had increased dramatically with an increasing percentage of this from often unnecessary printing of web pages and full-text database articles. Much of the paper used is being immediately placed in the recycling bin. The total cost of printing includes paper, toner and replacing printers.
Benefits - There are three primary benefits being achieved through the new Printing Policy: