Installation of Software in Campus Computer Labs

Overview

All software installations in Information Systems maintained university computer labs must follow the guidelines and requirements stated in this document.

Lab Software Installation Guidelines
  • All software will be tested in advance by a qualified member of IS.
  • All installations will be done on a Master Image workstation from which all computers in the labs are updated.
  • All requests for new software in the computer labs will be submitted to IS for testing no later than 30 days before the start of classes for the semester in which the software is to be used.1
  • All requests for software to be retained in the computer labs from one semester to the next should be submitted to IS no later than 10 days before the start of the semester in which the software is to be used.2
Lab Software Installation Requirements
  • Software in computer labs must have a minimum number of licenses purchased to cover the total number of computers in the lab in which it will be used.  Smaller block or individual installations will not be done in computer labs.
  • All software must be compatible with the present operating system being used in the computer labs.
  • All software requested for installation in the computer labs must be designed and intended for academic class work.  All software is subject to administrative review by IS managers.  Software packages deemed inappropriate for use in computer labs may be refused.  Examples of such software would be anything that compromises the basic configuration of the workstation such as fire walling software or virus scanning software.
  • Security or Hacking tools that could be used to compromise the network or any other software that would act contrary to the appropriate use statement would also not be allowed.
Exceptions for Demonstration software


Some software packages may be intended only for use as a demonstration.  These packages may be installed on the instructor workstation only with the approval of IS.  These demonstration packages may not be subject to all the guidelines and requirements included in the above policy.  If you have a software package you would like to use in the computer lab, it is recommended you contact IS in advance of any aforementioned deadlines to discuss whether the software is best suited as a demonstration or for general computer lab installation.

If the software is for demonstration only, it will likely be less expensive possibly even free to use the single copy on the instructor workstation, rather than purchasing licensing for the entire computer lab.

Notes

¹Submitting software does not guarantee its installation.  All software must pass testing and administrative review.  If the software compatibility or appropriateness is in question, it is advisable to submit the software well in advance of the deadline to ensure the testing and review process can be completed before the start of the semester.

²IS will make an effort near the end of each semester to contact the professors with existing software in the lab to confirm whether the software will or will not be needed again the following semester.

Virus Scanner software is already present in computer labs and is maintained by IS.