Lab Environment. It is expected that all computer labs will maintain a quiet, library-like atmosphere so the patrons can use their time productively and with few distractions. Although students are sometimes required to work in groups for some class projects and need to talk among themselves, this must be done in a controlled manner. If there are groups in the lab doing projects, enforcing the quiet policy may be more difficult, but still needs to be done. In addition, groups of students are not allowed to remove chairs from operational workstations in order to gather around one computer.
Academic vs. Personal Use. Patrons may use the computers to check e-mail and to browse the Internet for personal use as long as computers are available for academic use. If computers are needed for academic use, patrons doing personal work will be asked to leave.
Student Accounts. All students are required to use their own student account in order to use any academic computer lab. All students are expected to safeguard their accounts and not divulge their passwords.
Entrance Policy. A Nicholls Faculty/Staff/Student ID is required for entrance into all open labs (Cenac, WAC, and Ayo). No exceptions will be made.
Lab Assist WorkStation. The lab assist workstation is to be used only by the lab assistant on duty. Only lab assistants are allowed behind the lab assist desk. Visitors or Computer Lab patrons are not allowed.
Audio Distractions. Listening to the radio, cassettes, or audio from CDs, with or without headphones, in any lab is strictly prohibited. The only exception is with regard to multimedia software on multimedia computers directly assigned by a Faculty member.
Food, Drinks, Tobacco Products. No food, drinks, or tobacco products are permitted in the labs at any time.
Telephones. The phones are not for the use of the general public or patrons except in emergencies or to call for a ride (especially after dark). All cellphone are to be turned to quiet mode while in the labs.
Game Playing. Game playing is not an appropriate academic usage of university resources and is prohibited in the academic computer labs. Anyone playing computer games in an academic lab will be required to discontinue the activity or vacate the lab. Further disciplinary action will be taken as deemed appropriate.
Excessive Network Usage. Playing real-time video or audio that is not directly assigned by a Faculty member is not an appropriate academic usage of university resources and is prohibited in the academic computer labs. Anyone playing real-time video or audio not directly assigned by a Faculty member in an academic lab will be required to discontinue the activity. Further disciplinary action will be taken as deemed appropriate.
Patron composition. No children shall be allowed in any of the academic computer labs, as these labs are considered an “extension of the classroom.”
Lab Printing Policies
All student printing is now done through the WEPA (Wireless Everywhere Print Anywhere) system. Instructions for using the WEPA system can be found here :
Computer Supplies. Under no circumstances will any Patron be allowed to leave with supplies. Supplies are to be handled only by ITS employees.
General Policy. Patrons are to help maintain a safe environment in the computer labs by not placing their book bags in the aisles.
Accidents. In the case of accidents that result in injury, regardless of how insignificant the injury may appear, patrons should contact the lab assistant immediately.
Unsafe Actions. Patrons shall not engage in any unsafe actions like horseplay or fighting. Patrons engaging in such unsafe activities will be asked to leave, or University Police will be called.
Alarms. Patrons should be able to recognize and evaluate the situation in relation to all alarms. If a fire alarm goes off or a bomb threat is reported, patrons will be asked to immediately stop working, to gather belongings, and to evacuate the lab immediately. Everyone must remain outside until told by someone in charge that it is safe to re-enter the building.