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Computer Labs

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Computer labs are funded largely by the Student Technology Fee.

The computer lab-replacement portion of the Student Technology Fee (STF) is to fund student computer labs on a scheduled replacement cycle. The STF funds computer-lab computers that meet the following criteria:
  • Computers that are dedicated to general-purpose computing.
  • Computers that support computer labs, such as those controlling printing or monitoring of computer lab-usage statistics.
  • Examples of computers not supported by STF lab replacement funding are computers that control other specialized equipment.
The level of STF lab-replacement funding is limited to the amount necessary to provide university-standard PC or MAC workstations, as defined on the ATUS website.

Students must not be charged course or lab fees for the use of computers purchased with the Student Technology Fee. However, STF funding can be applied to computer labs where course/lab fees are used for the licensing of applications above and beyond Western’s enterprise software suite, or to support specialized hardware requirements that are beyond the university standard.

  • For the current STF funding cycle (AY 2019–2022):
    • The fee allocation for computer lab upgrades is $15, up from $14 for AY 2014–2018.
    • Computer labs are on a four-year refresh cycle.
    • The STF requires that all STF-funded labs run the LabStats software to monitor utilization of lab workstations. The STF covers the central licensing of LabStats.
    • In AY 2019, Academic Technology & User Services (ATUS) is conducting a comprehensive computer lab survey. Pending thorough analysis of lab use, the labs funded by the STF may change after AY 2019. Any recommended changes in lab funding would require approval by both the STF Committee and the Associated Students Board.