Computer Lab Reservation Policy
Due to the increasing demand of the academic computer facilities, a general document detailing the policies for computer lab reservations has been outlined. The purpose of the computer lab reservation policy is to provide faculty, staff and students with equitable access to campus computing lab resources. Most computer labs are used as classrooms and they are available for open-access use when there are no classes in session.
- There are currently four Computing Services computer labs which can be used for classroom instruction on each campus. They are: D206, D207, D208, and D209 located in the Dreyfuss Building on the Florham Campus. The computer labs located on the Metropolitan Campus are: DH2163 and DH2164 in Dickinson Hall and UH Front Lab (UH22) and UH Back Lab (UH28) in University Hall. Also, there are three multimedia labs; two on the Florham campus and one on the Metropolitan campus. The multimedia labs for the Florham Campus are: D211-Animation Lab and ZEN110 – Graphic Design Lab) located in the Dreyfuss and ZEN Buildings. On the Metropolitan campus, the multimedia lab (MML) is located in Becton Hall Room 403. The multimedia labs are primarily used for courses offered by the FDU School of Arts. All labs used for classroom instruction and general use are equipped with a LaserJet printer and data projector. The Animation Lab is equipped with 3-D printers. All multimedia labs are equipped with ZOOM capability to support hybrid instruction.
- To reserve a computer lab, a faculty or staff member must submit a Lab Reservation Request, preferably prior to the start of a semester. This form must be submitted by the instructor who will be teaching the course or department personnel. For the duration of the course or event, a faculty or department personnel member must be physically present in the computer lab with the students or participants. The Computer Lab Reservation Request form is available online at:
This form must be filled out completely and accurately to prevent processing delays.
- Requests for the entire semester are processed on a first come first serve basis. These requests are processed by the Scheduling Officers in the Enrollment Services department.
- Requests for specific dates during the semester are processed on a first come first serve basis. These requests are processed by the Lab & Operations Manager in the Computing Services department. If all labs are occupied during the requested time, instructors will be asked to either choose a different date or time or plan to make arrangements with other instructors who have the lab reserved during that time. If an agreement cannot be reached between the instructors, the instructor requesting to use the lab should then approach the Dean of their department with the request.
- Confirmations will be emailed to the departments or individual instructors making the request. Requests made during the semester will be confirmed based on the preference selected by the requestor on the Lab Reservation Request Form. The processing time for all lab requests made during a semester is one week. Please keep this in mind when submitting your lab reservation requests. To ensure you receive your confirmation in time, submit your reservation one week or more prior to the day the lab is needed. For instructions on How to Reserve a Computer Lab, please see the article listed below.
- Any changes made to the original request in day, time, or location will be treated as a new request.
- The requestor is responsible for enforcing all lab rules during the time the lab is scheduled. If a student or faculty member is violating lab rules, the lab assistants have the right to approach the individual at that time. To prevent interruption during class time, we stress that the lab rules be adhered to by all occupants including faculty and staff.
- Faculty and staff who reserve the computer lab are responsible for notifying the Lab & Operations Manager if the course or the request has been cancelled. This will allow the Computing Services department to keep an updated and accurate schedule.
- If a scheduled class is absent for three consecutive weeks without prior notification, the lab reservation will be cancelled, and future reservations will be subject to further questioning before a confirmation is received.
If you have any questions regarding the lab reservation policy, please contact Lauren Elgin via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.