Laboratory Rules

The following outlines some general rules and guidelines for using the Computer Science labs. Please read them and if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

  • Be prepared to show your University Photo ID card if requested by University security staff, CS lab instructors or technicians. You can be asked to leave a lab if you cannot provide this ID.
  • Food and drink are not allowed in the lab. Accidents happen -- spilling a drink, for example, can cause hundreds (in some cases, thousands) of dollars worth of damage.
  • Locked doors should remain locked. The equipment in some of the labs is reserved for use by only specific classes. For this reason the doors to certain labs are locked and only accessible with a keycard or pass-code.
    • Keycards are available from the secretaries at the CS office for no charge. Please bring your student ID and be prepared to say what rooms you need for which classes.
    • Do not give out your keycard or pass-code.
    • Do not let students into the lab if they are not registered in a class that uses that lab.
    • Do not prop a door open, even for "just a couple of minutes" -- this totally defeats the purpose of locking it.
  • Chairs should always be pushed back in close to the desks. Some students may be visually impaired or otherwise disabled and having chairs strewn about may cause them problems. Be nice about it.
  • No running around or loud outbursts in the lab. These actions are not only disturbing to hard-working students, they are disruptive and sometimes dangerous.
  • Treat the equipment as if it were your own -- be nice to it, don't toss it about or hit it. If computers have to be pulled out of a lab that just leaves fewer computers for the students to use.
  • Let us know if there is a problem. We can not fix it if we do not know that it is broken.
  • Constructive criticism is welcome.
  • Read the schedule on the door before entering -- you do not want to interrupt a test.
  • Use your common sense.
  • Listen to the lab instructors and technicians -- they have authority in the labs.