Policies

 

Hours of Operation
General TECH Center Policies

Breakout Rooms
Specialty Labs
Quiet Lab
Printing
Food & Drink
Cell Phones
Computer Services Policies

Hours of Operation

The TECH Center is open on a 24-hour-a-day basis Sunday through Friday during peak usage periods (such as Fall and Spring Semester weekdays), with reduced hours during slower periods. Both the Help Desk and the Labs maintain the same hours of operation. The overall schedule is as follows:

NOTE: Hours may be subject to change. If you are travelling any significant distance to visit the TECH Center, please call 215-204-8000 to confirm open hours.

  • Fall and Spring Semesters (30 weeks)
    Open 24 hours from 11 a.m. Sunday through 7:30 p.m. Friday
    Saturday hours 10:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    (Extended hours may be added during Final Exam periods.)
  • Summer Semester Hours (15 weeks)
    Monday to Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
    Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Intersessions and Spring Break
    Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Closed Saturday and Sunday.
  • Holidays
    Building would be closed on University holidays beginning at 5:00 p.m. the night before, unless otherwise directed.
  • TECH Center schedule for current Academic Year (May be subject to change.)
  • Welcome Center Hours
    The Welcome Center is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Teaching and Learning Center Hours
    The Teaching and Learning Center is open on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Instructional Support Center Hours
    The Instructional Support Center is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

General TECH Center Policies

  • This facility is reserved for current students, faculty and staff of Temple University only, unless other special arrangements have been made.

  • Food is not permitted in the computer areas, including the general use computer labs, specialty labs, and breakout rooms. Food is not permitted in the small lounge areas within the general use labs. Violators may be asked to leave the facility.

  • By logging onto a TECH Center computer, you agree to abide by all Computer Services policies listed on this page and at:

    http://www.temple.edu/cs/policies

    If you fail to abide by these policies, you may be asked to leave the TECH Center.

  • Save your work frequently! Work should be saved on a regular basis to prevent accidental data loss. Save your files to external media (such as a flash drive) or on MyBackpack network storage. Files may also be temporarily saved to the desktop Temp folder, but please note that files saved to the Temp folder are accessible by anyone using the computer after you. Files in the Temp folder are deleted every Sunday and cannot be recovered. For your protection, all computers automatically log off after 15 minutes of inactivity. Computer Services is not responsible for lost work or data, or for damage to any peripheral devices attached to TECH Center computers.

  • All copyright laws and Computer Services policies will be strictly enforced.

  • Use of TECH Center facilities and resources is intended for academic purposes. Use of TECH Center resources for commercial purposes is strictly prohibited.

  • Computer Services is not responsible for lost or stolen articles, damaged disks, or damage to users' personal equipment.

  • The Lab Manager or Lab Shift Supervisor has the right at his/her discretion to ask individuals who are not behaving properly to leave. Campus police and/or Student Affairs may need to be involved in such cases.

  • For your safety, please be advised that exposed bags, backpacks, etc. make you a prime target for theft if you fall asleep in the TECH Center. Please safeguard your belongings at all times. Staff may wake up individuals who are napping with exposed bags. Also, remember that the TECH Center is a study facility, not a residence hall -- while short naps may be tolerated, campus police may be asked to speak with or counsel individuals who appear to be repeatedly using the TECH Center as a place to sleep on a regular basis.

  • Limited Alumni Use: Alumni use of the TECH Center is limited to first-year graduates (one full year following their Temple graduation date). First-year graduates are welcome to use the general lab areas at the TECH Center, but are not allowed to bring guests. Computer use is for personal, non-profit use only; commercial use of equipment is not permitted. First year graduates may be admitted to the TECH Center by signing in with their AccessNet ID and password at the "Authentication Station" at the first floor security desk.

  • Students/staff with small children who are disruptive will be asked to the leave the facility. Children are not permitted to use the computer equipment. With the exception of authorized tour groups, children are not permitted in the lab during peak usage periods.

  • Use of stairs other than the main entrance of the lab is for emergency exit only.

  • Individual labs (Specialty Labs, Quiet Lab, etc.) may have additional policies other than those listed here. These will be posted inside the appropriate room.

  • Distribution of literature, flyers, or posting of notices in the TECH Center is strictly prohibited. Solicitation of any kind is prohibited.

  • Setup of information tables, collection boxes, etc. in the TECH Center is prohibited. TECH Center resources (such as breakout rooms) may not be used for commercial activities.

Breakout Rooms

The TECH Center features breakout rooms for student use. These rooms are intended for academic functions such as group projects, practicing presentations, viewing course-oriented media.

Policies regarding use of Breakout Rooms:

• Breakout rooms are open to registered Temple University students only.

• Breakout rooms are available for immediate use on a first come, first served basis.

Food is not permitted in the rooms; however, covered or capped beverages are permitted.

• Rooms may be reserved for single uses up to one week in advance. (No more than one advance reservation per person). If users are more than 10 minutes late for a reservation, the room may be given to someone else.

• Rooms are available to groups of three or more. Smaller groups are not permitted.

• Rooms may be used for up to three hours at a time.

• Breakout Rooms are intended primarily for academic use by students for course-related assignments and activities. Student organizations may use the rooms for meetings based on availability. Use for purely social purposes (watching movies, socializing, playing games, etc.) is prohibited. Use of the rooms for commercial activities and solicitations is strictly prohibited.

• Use by faculty or staff is permitted only when the use involves a student group (review sessions, meeting, etc.). Such uses are restricted to one-time only use. Regularly scheduled events (such as classes) are not permitted.

• There is a separate breakout room available for faculty/staff groups in Room 107 of the TECH Center.

• The rooms must be booked by one of the students who will be using the room. Faculty members, for example, may not book the rooms for their students unless they are going to be present in the room during the reservations.

• Rooms are assigned based on availability. Computer Services cannot guarantee use of a specific room.

• Users of breakout rooms must be respectful of others working outside the rooms. Noise should be kept to a minimum; volume on equipment must be kept to a reasonable level.

• Rooms must be kept neat and clean. Users should ensure that rooms are returned to original condition before leaving the room.

• Users of the room may be held responsible for any equipment damage.

• Computer Services reserves the right to remove users from the breakout rooms and/or prohibit future use of breakout rooms if individuals abuse the rooms, disturb others in the lab, or violate policies.

Specialty Labs

The TECH Center features small labs for specialized activities such as video editing, music, software development, language software, and graphics.

Policies regarding use of Specialty Labs:

• These rooms are reserved for specialized activities. If you wish to use a computer for general-purpose activities (word processing, web browsing, etc.), please use a computer in the general-use labs. Persons who are not performing these reserved activities may be asked to relocate.

• Food is not permitted in the rooms; however, covered or capped beverages are permitted.

• Users of the labs must be respectful of others working in the rooms. Noise should be kept to a minimum. Cell phone use is prohibited; if you wish to use a cell phone, you should go to a lounge area.

• Computer Services reserves the right to remove users from the labs and/or prohibit future use of the labs if individuals abuse the rooms, disturb others in the lab, or violate policies.

• During peak times, a reservation system may be put into place.

Quiet Lab

The purpose of the Quiet Lab is to provide students with a quiet area in which to work without distractions.

Policies regarding use of Quiet Lab:

• Please be quiet at all times; no talking or other noise permitted in this lab.

• Use of cell phones and audio devices are strictly prohibited. Use of headphones is prohibited.

• Food is not permitted in the rooms; however, covered or capped beverages are permitted.

• If you violate these rules, you will be asked to leave the facility.

• If you want to use a cell phone or talk, please leave this lab and use one of the lounge areas.

Printing

All currently-enrolled Temple University students receive a free printing quota. This quota may be used for standard (8.5" x 11" black and white) laser printing only. There is a charge for all color printing and specialty printing. The amount of your quota depends on the amount of tech fee paid (based on credit hours) for the semester in which you
are enrolled. If you exhaust your quota, your Diamond Dollars account will be automatically charged for any printing. At the end of each six-month printing period, any unused quota is deleted; The quota has no cash value; there are no refunds or transfers for unused quotas. For a full explanation of printing policies, time periods, and quotas, go to:

www.temple.edu/cs/policies/printingpolicy.pdf

 

Food and Drink

• Food and drink are permitted in the 2nd floor lobby/lounge area, and in the Internet Zone.

• Food is not permitted in the computer areas, including the general use computer labs, specialty labs, and breakout rooms. Food is not permitted in the small lounge areas within the general use labs. Violators may be asked to leave the facility.

• Covered beverages (with lids or caps) are permitted in all areas.

Cell Phones

Cell phone usage is permitted in lounge areas. If you need to make a call, please move to one of the lounge areas. Please keep your voice at a moderate volume and be considerate of those around you who may be studying. If you cannot keep your voice at a moderate level, you may be asked to end your call or leave the facility.

 

Computer Services Policies

For a list of all policies, see the Computer Services Policies page.

 

 


Updated 09/13/12