Laser Printing System Begins Testing Phase

Posted: November 20, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The system that charges for laser printing in the libraries and general academic computer labs was activated Friday; however, fees will not be assessed until a testing period is complete. Users will need a Print Services cash card, or a Mason Photo ID with a Print Services cash strip to release print jobs from laser printers. Charges for printing are expected to begin before the end of this semester.

The new five-cents-per-page printing cost has been adopted in response to an explosion of on-campus printing–an average of 520 pages per student last academic year–and is intended to partially recover the costs of paper and toner cartridges only.

The decision to charge for laser printing was made after consultations with members of Student Government last spring. On the Student Senate’s recommendation, full-time students will receive free pages each semester in the form of a tuition credit. This credit, worth $2.50 ($5 per year), will be applied beginning in the spring 2001 semester.

Fee-based printing will expand on the copy card system now used by the university to supply self-service photocopying. This system was chosen because of its convenience for students and university administrative and technical staff.

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