Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

Policies Maintained by ESTC

Semester Charge for Technology (CFT)

The ESTC determines the semester CFT at the end of each academic year. The current charge of $178.50 per semester (with no charge for the summer session) was ratified at the meeting of October 28, 2022.

Printing in college computer labs is based on a print quota system

Each student receives $21 worth of print credits each academic year. If the student exhausts the $21, additional credits may be purchased in $10 increments from the Engineering Technology Services (ETS) Help Desk – (quotas established in 2000-2001).

Software licenses

No more than 80% of any given software purchase or package may be paid for with CFT funds, regardless of how the software is used. – policy established 12/23/09
Exception is that student-used common software (ANSYS, LabVIEW, MATLAB, Microsoft Office 365) be paid for 100% from the ESTC budget for the upcoming academic year, excluding the cost paid for college and departmental-level administrative costs for software such as Microsoft Office 365 and portions paid for by other departments on campus for LabVIEW. – policy revised 3/21/16

Services for non-engineering majors

Non-engineering majors will be provided with the following limited services: 4GB of network file space, $5 of print credits, and access to all college computer labs. – policy established 2/5/03 and last updated 7/25/23

Equipment purchases

Computing equipment purchased with CFT funds must be purchased through Engineering Technology Services and adhere to existing college standards. – policy established 2/21/01

Loaner Laptops

Because the ESTC provides loaner laptops to all engineering students via check-out from Engineering Technology Services, CFT funds may not be used by departments to purchase general purchase laptops for checkout. – policy reaffirmed 2/25/10

Virtual Classroom

The Virtual Classroom is a limited resource and should not be used for running processes that consume an excessive amount of CPU or RAM. For processes that have a minor impact on system performance: greater than 30% after 60 minutes, the user will receive a warning via e-mail. If the user has an active session, a pop-up warning will be sent. For processes having a severe impact on server performance: greater than 40% for greater than 15 minutes, the users’ proceses will be killed immediately. – policy established 12/7/15