Computer Lab Policies
The Information School computer labs facilitate the use of computing for instructional and research purposes. The iSchool computer labs are open to all members of the iSchool community including faculty, staff, students and alumni.
These guidelines are intended as a supplement to the Guidelines for Use of UW IT Computer and Network Resources, the UW IT policy on ethics in computer use and the University's software copyright policy.
Patrons of the iSchool computer labs must be current University of Washington Information School students, other University of Washington students currently enrolled in a class that requires access to the iSchool labs or computer classroom, iSchool faculty, or iSchool staff. iSchool alumni are allowed use of the labs on a space available basis.
Except where noted, workstations are assigned on a first come first served basis. Lab patrons should understand that at times class use of the facilities makes equipment unavailable. Users agree to be relocated to other machines within the iSchool computer labs when necessary.
Food and Drink Policy
- No food or gum allowed
- Beverages allowed only in non-disposable, spillproof containers with covers, such as leak-proof water bottles or mugs with spill-proof lids
- For eating, please use the iSalon student lounge at the north end of the hall
- Lab users are asked to respect other users by keeping noise levels to a reasonable level in all labs
- Headsets for audio output are strongly recommended in the Team Lab and Computer Classroom.
- Headsets are required in the Quiet Study Lab
- Cell phones should be turned off or turned to a vibrate/silent setting
- Calls should not be initiated or answered in the labs
- Step into the hallway or outside when using a cell phone
- Talking and group work is encouraged in the team lab, however noise levels should still be low to moderate - loud music, loud talking or loud games are not permitted
- The Quiet Study Lab is for individual work only - no talking or group work is permitted
- During any time when the labs are busy, game playing is prohibited
- During group game play, loud talking and chatter is prohibited - respect those who are not playing the game as their use of the lab is of a higher priority than yours
- In the Team Lab only, moderate levels of sound by game players is permissible, but again, be courteous and lower the level if you are asked to do so
- Games, casual surfing of the web, non-UW email, and instant messaging are considered low-priority activities
- You may be asked to give up your workstation if you are working on non-school activities
If a patron's activities are disruptive to other users of the lab, he/she may be asked to leave. Activity which is considered harmful or detrimental to the functioning of the equipment (including, but not limited to, mistreatment of lab equipment, theft of materials, attempts to circumvent the network or pay-per-print system, bypass system security either locally or elsewhere on the Internet, or attempts to cause denial of service on any local or other Internet computer) will result in loss of lab privileges and possible legal action.
Lab users agree to only copy documents that they have produced or those in the public domain. They further agree to obey all copyright laws.
Patrons are asked to limit their printing to material required to complete their assignments. Production printing facilities (for on-line reserves and other large documents) are available in the UWired labs located on the first floor of Mary Gates Hall, as well as in the Suzzallo and Odegaard libraries.
The lab telephone is limited to business use.