Printing

As a student enrolled in the College of Engineering, you will receive a total of 4,000 units per semester for printing.

Students are encouraged to explore the different printing resources available and to exercise good stewardship in the use of printed material. Costs of printing are often expensive and adversely impact the opportunity to purchase new computing resources for the college.

Every semester students are allotted a quota for printing. Engineering majors receive a 4,000 unit quota and non-engineering users receive a 500 unit quota. A black and white laser printer consumes five (5) unit per printed side of paper, a color laser printer consumes fifteen (15) units per printed side, and plotters consume a varying amount equal to the size of the paper (see postings near the plotter for more information).
Student Government passed a resolution to set standard print rates across campus to introduce equality in print rates for every student and set it at 5 units/page for black and white prints. Color prints were increased to cover costs.
During the logon process a small window is displayed that shows the remaining quota available. To see your history of printing, click the link at the bottom of the window. Alternatively, you may visit the following website from anywhere to view your print quota and history:
https://papercut.its.iastate.edu
When you use up all of your quota, subsequent prints will start charging your U-Bill.  Part of the Student Government decision was to set limits and encourage responsible use of the quota given to you.
Yes.  To stay in line with Student Government decisions we will not be increasing the quota past 4,000 units for Engineering students.
The quota is not money, nor is it an allocation. In reality, the quota is a limit to prevent users from abusing the system. Printing is a privilege that requires users to exercise responsibility.
All printers in Engineering computer labs can be accessed using Google Cloud Print. Visit this page to learn more and connect to lab printers.

Labs

Computer Labs

Over 50 computer labs exist in the College of Engineering. Most labs are scheduled for classes through the week, but when not scheduled the labs are open for walk-in use.  The schedule for each lab is available through the ITS Labs Database and posted both at the door and inside the lab.  Access to all computing labs in the college is restricted to those students who are enrolled in the College of Engineering (or taking classes in the college) and the faculty and staff in the college.

Listed below is a collection of resources to help you learn more about the facilities in the College of Engineering.

College Computer Lab Availability (LIVE)
a list of lab availability in the college
College Computer Labs
a list of all the registered labs in the college
Labs Listed by Building
a list of all the buildings across the entire campus that house computer labs
Search for Software
a tool that helps you find a lab with the software you need

Policies

Lab availability is posted online (lab locations & hours). When a lab is closed, only support staff and faculty teaching in the facility are authorized to be in the room.

The lab facilities are intended to support instructional needs. The University Code of Computer Ethics applies, as do all other University or legal requirements, including compliance with license terms for software provided on lab computers. Additional user regulations can be found on the Policies/Procedures link.