Please visit our ITS-DSS Computer Lab Web Site for any information about our labs. We have lots of great information such as what software and hardware is available in each lab, lab hours of operation and phone numbers, lab classroom reservation information and class schedules.
Lab hours are posted outside and inside each lab. Lab hours are also on the web here.
Besides enforcing lab rules, opening, closing, and ensuring the safety of lab equipment, lab assistants are also there to help users with software and hardware related questions. If the lab assistant doesn't know the answer, they will try to help the user get to an answer by using manuals, help files, calling supervisors, or whatever necessary. We do not expect the lab assistant to have all the answers. We do expect them to help the user find a way to get the answer. In some instances, the lab assistant may need to refer the user back to their professor, because there are some applications or complicated uses of the application where the professor is the best resource.
The lab assistant is NOT there to help users do their homework. There is a difference between assisting the user to find the answer and doing the work for them. In those cases, lab assistants are instructed to inform the user that they need to consult their professor for help.
You can either call the DSS operations office at x2056 or you can use the electronic suggestion box to submit compliments, complaints, or suggestions.
We do not allow food and drink in the labs simply because accidents can ruin keyboards, printers, and computers. Since many students on campus use these labs, one person's accident is not only costly to repair or replace, but also leaves that machine unusable by any other users on campus. And since not everyone is conscientious, we do not allow food or drinks into the lab.
Lab assistants are instructed to ask users to take the food or drink out of the labs if they are caught with it. If the user refuses to comply, lab assistants are instructed to contact their supervisors who may call in Public Safety to help escort the inconsiderate user out of the lab.
The phone in each lab is a business phone. It is intended for the use of lab assistants on duty to communicate problems with other ITS/DSS technical staff and management. However, as a courtesy to our users, we allow brief personal phone calls. There is a 5-minute maximum time limit on these phone calls and users are required to ask for use of the phone. No long distance or directory assistant phone calls are permitted. We also request that users don't ask their friends to call lab in order to find them.
Because labs are public areas, the viewing of adult web sites is considered potentially offensive by other lab users. In order to be conscientious of RIT's policy on harassment, lab assistants are instructed to ask any user to stop viewing a potentially offensive web site. If a user refuses to comply, lab assistants are instructed to call their supervisors who may call in Public Safety to help escort the inconsiderate user out of the lab.
Except in certain labs, you cannot use your own paper in ITS/DSS managed computer lab printers. Putting the wrong kind of paper in a laser printer can ruin the printer. In order to protect these expensive pieces of equipment, only paper supplied by DSS can be used in the printers. This is the only paper that we can be 100% sure is safe for the printers.
In all DSS labs, black and white printing is free of charge, although most labs have certain restrictions in place (mandatory duplex printing, no PDF files, etc.). DSS used to charge users for printing, but we have eliminated that policy. In return, we ask that users do the following when printing:
- Use Print Preview before you print to catch errors so that you don't have to print documents with mistakes in them.
- Only print one copy of a document. If you want extra copies, copiers can be found at the Library.
Paper, toner, and printer maintenance are expensive. By following these rules, you are helping us keep our costs down. This allows us to provide more services for the RIT community.
In labs with printer queues, lab assistants are required to keep printer queues paused. This measure helps to reduce waste caused by the printing of unwanted documents. When you want your printout, make note of the name of your document and the name of your computer. Tell the lab assistant the name of the computer you are working on or the name of your document. The lab assistant will then release your print job to the printer.
If you are in a lab with a printer queue, the lab assistant has the print queue paused. You need to tell the lab assistant the name of the computer you are working on and the name of your document and then ask for your print job. The lab assistant will then release your document.
If your document is still not printing (or appearing on the queue if it is paused), wait. Check your computer and make sure the document is done spooling. Make sure you have clicked OK in the Print dialog box. If after a minute or two (for normal-sized documents, longer for longer documents) you document still does not show up, try printing again. If all else fails, please consult the lab assistant on duty for further assistance.