Student Lab Usage Policy

Please follow these guidelines when using the machines in the computing labs maintained by the Computer Science Department. These machines are for use only by Computer Science students, staff, and faculty, sponsored guests, and non-CIS students that have been given accounts for a class or research project.

All problems you have with these machines should be reported to the IT staff. Please send an email to and a ticket will automatically be generated. If you cannot send an email request, please call 278-2453.  If your call is not answered, please leave a message and a ticket will automatically be generated.  IT staff normal operations are Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5:30pm excluding holidays and breaks.

For more information about the computing facilities provided by the Computer Science Department, please see the  Facilities & Centers page.

  • Please do not lock the machine display, or leave the machine unattended, for more than 15 minutes. If you are going to be away from the machine for more than 15 minutes, please logout.
  • No food or drinks are allowed in the computing labs. This includes SL247, and SL251.
  • Please help keep the computing labs clean by throwing away your trash, picking up your printouts, etc.
  • Some labs have cable trays that go around the room. These trays are exclusively for wires run by the systems staff. You should not place anything (trash, books, toys, etc) in any of these cable trays.
  • Please do not disconnect network cables from workstations to use with personal laptops, etc. The IU wireless network should be used for this purpose.
  • Please don't steal our mouse pads. Pretty please!
  • The IT staff strive to keep paper in the lab printers. If the printer is out of paper, please contact Nicole Wittlief (
  • If your print job is not printing, please cancel it from the queue. In Linux, you can use the lpq command to see what jobs you have in the queue and lprm to remove jobs from the queue. In Windows, you can use the print manager.
  • Please do not attempt to adjust the temperature in the computing labs. If the temperature needs to be adjusted, please report it.
  • Please limit talking and audio output so as not to disturb other people trying to work in the lab. Please use headphones if you wish to listen to music or other audio output.