Please pay attention to the follow protocols and policies concerning your use of the graduate computer lab. We have developed these protocols and policies in consultation with Communication graduate students. The “honor” system dealing with printing, in particular, was adopted at the request of graduate students; we agreed we could avoid more draconian policies (such as charges to students for the lab) if everyone limited printing.

  1. The lab is for Communication graduate students only, so keep the door closed and locked at all times. Don’t hesitate to inquire when someone unfamiliar is in the lab.
  2. The equipment in the graduate computer lab is intended for your research, coursework, and TA/RA work only. It is not for personal use — with the exception of checking e-mail.
  3. Even for work-related use, please be careful what you do on these machines – as well as on the machines in the TA/RA offices – to help prevent viruses and spyware.  Be selective in what websites you visit and items you download.  Do not download or install any software and be sure not to change any settings on the computers.
  4. Remember that printing is more expensive for the department than making copies because of the high cost of toner. Please respect the following rules regarding printing:
  5. You may print one copy of the final version of a seminar paper, thesis, or dissertation. You must make additional copies at your own expense.
  6. While it might seem like a good idea, do not recycle paper in the printer. Paper that has print on the other side will likely cause the printer to jam.  Use only departmental paper in the printer.
  7. Articles posted by faculty as pdf files for your graduate seminars should not be printed out in the grad lab. The intent is to save paper and costs.  If you wish to have a copy, ask your professor to have an original available on reserve so a copy can be made. You may, of course, print course readings outside the department.
  8. Please do not print multiple copies of any document in the grad lab.  Print one original, then make photocopies. If it is TA or RA-related work, you should use one of the department Xerox machines or the Risograph on the third floor (the most cost-effective of all). If it is your own work (e.g., copying for research or class), it is necessary to make copies outside the department.
  9. Finally, print wisely and only when essential: format for 2 pages-per-page (under File-Page Set up) and cut & paste from websites into a Word document to avoid printing unnecessary and toner-hungry graphics, banners, photos, and information.

Other Communication Labs

Media Lab 1 (CMU 302) | Media Lab 2 (CMU 304) | Grad Lab (CMU 306) | Video Editing Facilities

  1. Door Codes: Access codes to the labs will be e-mailed to students every quarter.
  2. Conserve Paper: Please keep printing relevant to classes and during class times.
  3. Eat responsibly: Be careful while eating in the labs, as food and drink can damage equipment.
  4. Clean up your mess: A clean lab benefits everyone.

The Technology Resources page has more information on the labs, policies, and equipment checkout.

Communication Equipment Checkout

A variety of equipment is available to students for checkout:

  • video cameras
  • digital cameras
  • laptops
  • sound kits
  • sound recorders
  • microphones

Access the online reservation system for checkout hours and available equipment. You will need to log in with your UWNetID.

Equipment tutorials are also available.

Technology in the Classroom

An overview of teaching resources is available. Questions or comments about computing, computer labs, or equipment? Please contact Nika Pelc pelc@uw.edu.

If your class meets in another building, contact Classroom Support Services for equipment support.

Media and Web Development

If you are interested in creating web sites, videos, print materials, or other media to complement your research and teaching, help is available at the Instructional Resources Center.

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