Cabinet approves Student Senate’s proposed printing policy

Michael Blackson

A few weeks ago, the University administration, communicated through Student Senate, announced their proposal on the new printing limit.

It was swiftly met with opposition from the student body. 

The first printing policy was 175 pages per semester per student with a $.05 charge afterward for the 2014-2015 academic year. It would decrease to 100 pages with the same charge in the 2015-2016 academic year. The only possible way to pay the charges if any student, faculty, professor or administration official printed over the limit was through Marauder Gold. 

The second printing policy was discussed at the March 27 Student Senate meeting, where Roger Bruszewski, vice president of finance and administration, and Veronica Longenecker, assistant vice president of information technology, met with students who had questions and concerns on the new printing policy. This was 250 pages a semester with the possibility of a rollover into the next semester, or 300 pages a semester with no rollover. Both plans had a $.05 charge after going over the limits. 

The administration had their reasons. 

“We printed 1,914,325 pages during the fall 2013 semester,” said Ms. Longenecker. “So far this spring semester we have printed 1,740,130 pages. With four weeks left in the semester, we will definitely print more this spring semester than we did last fall semester.” 

There had to be a change. 

At the Thursday meeting, Student Senate voiced their printing policy proposal that has since been implemented for the coming semesters. 

It was submitted to the president’s cabinet for consideration and approval following the meeting. 

Starting in the fall 2014 semester, the printing limit will be 500 pages with a $.25 charge. Each semester thereafter, the limit will decrease by 50 pages and $.05 until it reaches a 300-page limit and a $.05 charge. 

Ms. Longenecker hopes that with this new policy, the amount of printing will start to stabilize and there should be no need “to increase our printing budget as we have done in the past.”

This discussion should have started three years ago, according to Mr. Bruszewski at the Student Senate meeting. But the administration did not foresee having to increase the budget over the past years. 

“Hence, the need to manage prints through an allocation and payment system,” Longenecker said. 

They needed a policy that the students would stand behind – clearly, not the original options. This is why Student Senate’s proposal was a “reasonable alternative that the students are willing to support.”

“Also, we want to support our recent sustainability initiatives,” she continued. 

Students at the meeting expressed their concern over professors who demand papers to be printed out instead of paperless, electronic alternatives. Ms. Longenecker said that Information Technology would begin sharing some solutions with faculty, some of which will be “Desire2Learn’s dropbox, digital comments on papers, audio feedback on assignments, etc.” In the end, however, the faculty will decide which solutions work best for their classes.

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