CSE Lab Usage Policy


You are expected to follow the CSE department's computer system usage policies. These policies are in place to help keep the systems running well for everyone, provide fair access to everyone, and so on. These policies are not meant to be an exhaustive list of everything you should not do. You should also use some "common sense" and "basic social graces".

Lab Usage Policies

Most of the policies are in place because the departmental equipment needs to be shared by many people. Some policies are meant to provide everyone fair access to the equipment. Other policies are to address problems that have come up in the past.

  1. No food or drink is allowed in any of the public labs. Food and drink spills damage or ruin electronic equipment.
  2. Print only things you absolutely need to print. Paper and toner cost a lot of money and waste valuable natural resources.
  3. If you need to leave the lab for a short time (15 minutes or less), it is OK to "lock" the display. But if you will be gone more than 15 minutes, log off. Other users might be waiting to log in.
  4. It is OK to use the computers for "recreational" purposes as long as the lab is not full. But if the lab is close to being full, the computers should only be used for academic purposes. In the labs, academic work always trumps play.
  5. Unless otherwise noted, do not connect personal equipment to the departmental network. Personal equipment could introduce malware onto the network.
  6. Do not move, unplug, reboot, or reconfigure departmental equipment unless instructed to do so by cse-consult.