Carnegie Mellon University

Usage Guidelines

These guidelines should be adhered to in tandem with University Computing Policy. Those who fail to abide by these guidelines may be asked to leave the computer lab; Campus Police may be notified.

Eating and drinking are not permitted in computer lab locations. This refers to food in both open and closed containers. Smoking, by university policy, is forbidden at computer lab locations.
Priority for all computer lab use is given to students using machines for academic work and for academic classes.  Non-course related game playing and watching movies are discouraged. Someone who is playing games or watching videos may be asked to relinquish a computer to another who needs to work. We recognize that many of our academic programs involve multimedia and game content.  Please be judicious in your use of computer lab facilities for these activities and be aware of how sound may affect other users in the computer lab. Headphones are available in the CFA computer labs.
See Saving Files in a Computer Lab for details on saving/storing files in a computer lab.
Public phones for on-campus calls are located near each computer lab. An on-campus number may be reached by dialing 8 followed by the last four digits of the campus number.
Abandoning a computer lab workstation for more than 10 minutes will result in the loss of machine use if another user needs to do work. Be aware and courteous during peak times.
Pets are not allowed within computer lab locations as they may contain allergens or frighten others.
Bikes and roller-blades are not allowed in computer labs as they may constitute a hazard; they should be kept outside.
Please log into one lab computer at a time. We do not support simultaneous computer lab logins, which can cause erratic behavior and data corruption.