Phase Out of Dorm Computers

Cedarville University is on schedule to complete the phase out of dorm computers that began this academic year. The University will no longer provide dorm computers after the spring semester of 2014.

The full complement of CedarNet software will continue to be available on the 600+ computers accessible to students in public labs and classrooms. For students who wish to run selected CedarNet software on their own computers, the University has begun a virtual lab initiative that makes computer usage, printing, and other technological tools available in residence hall rooms. Virtual lab services are available at no cost to students. Additional information about the virtual lab is available on the virtual lab help page.

The staff in Information Technology is continuing to work on the virtual lab to make sure it is configured to handle heavy usage. Please report any access issues via a Computer Service Request.

Frequently Asked Questions

Over the last few years, actual usage of the dorm computers has declined dramatically. Many of the systems were stored by the students, while others received only infrequent use. In an effort to keep student costs low, it did not seem wise to continue investing in computers for every dorm room.

The University has begun a virtual lab initiative that makes computer usage, printing, and other technological tools available in residence hall rooms. Virtual lab services are available at no cost to students. The virtual lab is available now, but work is still being done to ensure that the lab can handle heavy usage.

Existing public labs will continue to offer the full range of CedarNet software. Information about computer lab locations and hours is on the computer lab webpage.

Instructions for accessing the virtual computer lab are on the Information Technology virtual lab webpage.

The “opt-in” request on CedarInfo for dorm computers will continue to be available through January 31, 2014. Opt-in dorm computers will remain in place through the spring semester and will be removed between the end of the spring semester and the start of summer sessions.

There are two ways that you can print to CedarPrint from your own device. For laptop and desktop computers, you can install the CedarPrint print driver. Once installed, you print to CedarPrint by selecting “CedarPrint” as your printer when printing from within a program.

For any device (computer, phone, tablet, etc.) that has a web browser, you can use WebPrint to print to CedarPrint.

The University’s information technology department will be reviewing actual usage of the existing CedarPrint stations and will determine whether additional stations are needed for 2014-15 and where they would best be placed.

Any computer equipment that is no longer needed will be sold. The proceeds will be used to fund improvements in the virtual lab and the campus wireless network. A decision is yet to be made regarding whether the equipment will be offered to individuals and nonprofit organizations, or if the entire lot will be sold to a refurbishing company. A decision on the sale will be announced prior to spring break 2014.

Information Technology will continue to evaluate lab capacity. For now, it appears that there is adequate capacity in our primary labs: BTS, ENS, Library, Milner, and SSC. Information about lab locations and hours is available on the computer lab webpage.

Purchasing a computer involves many personal preferences, but the Information Technology department has noted some general recommendations on purchasing a new system.