Printing in the Campus Computer Labs
The IT office worked with OSA and USRH last semester to review printing on campus and consider what might be done to promote a "greener" approach to printing.
The first step is to encourage more back-to-back printing (duplexing). To do that we will count the number of pieces of paper (sheets) each student uses, not the number of sides (pages) that are printed. All lab printers will also be set to duplex as the default.
The second step is to encourage instructors to make print resources available through the BookStore, using the campus Document Services to print them, rather than having each student print their own copy. Document Services has printers that are much more efficient than the ones in the labs, so this will save paper, toner, and time.
The third step is to encourage instructors to make use of Desire2Learn (D2L) or TurnItIn for electronic submission of papers rather than asking students to print them out and turn them in physically. TurnItIn's GradeMark feature makes it very easy to provide feedback to students on their written work without printing it all out.
The fourth step is to set specific targets for student printing for each semester and summer session. OSA charged a student subcommittee with reviewing the data and options. IT accepted their recommendation, which you can read below as OSA 13-026.
In summary, beginning this Summer session:
- Each student will have 500 sheets of paper available to them at no extra charge for the Summer session.
- Each student will have 1,000 sheets of paper available to them at no extra charge for the 17-week Fall semester.
- Each student will have 1,000 sheets of paper available to them at no extra charge for the 17-week Spring semester.
- There is NO carry over from one session/semester to the next.
- Students approaching the limit will be warned via email and on-screen notification at the printing stations in the labs as well as at the computer from which they are printing.
- All printing over the limit will be directly billed to the student’s account and will be expected to be paid at the end of that specific term.
I am grateful to OSA for their recommendation in support of a more sustainable approach to printing on campus. I will review the results of this change with OSA at the beginning of the Spring semester. I am grateful to all of you students as the Student Technology Fee that is part of your tuition bill is how we continue to support "free" printing as well as other services on campus.
If you have questions or concerns about this change, please reply to me or give me a call at 920-424-2368.
Director, Academic Computing
WHEREAS, Student Tech Fees has been in discussion of limiting printing for the academic year 2014-2015 and onward; and
WHEREAS, UW Oshkosh currently allocates 5,000 sheets per semester, per student for printing; and
WHEREAS, the 5,000 sheet limit is the highest sheet amount allocated to students, per semester in the UW System; and
WHEREAS, currently, only 4 students of our 13,000 have reached and surpassed our current limit; and
WHEREAS, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is the 14th most sustainable university campus in the nation and reducing the limit of printing would coincide with our vision of a sustainable future; and
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the OSA encourages Student Tech Fees to limit each UWO student to 2,500 sheets of printing per year; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the OSA encourages Student Tech Fees to allocate 1,000 sheets for the fall term, 1,000 sheets for the spring term and 500 sheets for the summer term. The limits will be strictly enforced and notification of going over will be emailed to their “@uwosh.edu” email. All printing over the limit will be directly billed to the student’s account and will be expected to be paid at the end of that specific term; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the OSA encourages Student Tech Fees to give adequate notification, explanation and evaluation of this change. The trial period will be the Summer term of 2014 and the full implementation of this change will start the Fall term of 2014; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the OSA will revisit with Student Tech Fees after the first full year of implementation of this plan to evaluate and make beneficial changes to the plan; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the OSA encourages the Student Tech Fees to reallocate all saved funding toward improving the campus WiFi; and
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that upon passage of this resolution will be sent to following: Dr. Richard Wells, Chancellor of UW-Oshkosh, Dr. Petra Roter, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Dr. Lane Earns, Provost, Thomas Sonnleitner, Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services, Lisa Danielson, Registrar, Laura Knaapen, Director of Academic Computing, Greg Wypiszynski, President of Academic Staff, Dr. Kay Neal, President of Faculty Senate.
Sponsored by: President Hackbarth, Vice President Schettle, Senator Sparks, Senator Kubis, Senator Geis, Senator Newhauser, Senator Thompson
Motion to move to floor Sparks, 2nd by Newhaurser
Vote passed voice vote (04/01/14) 7 opposed, 2 abstentions
(there are 25 total senators)