New Policy on Gaming in Odegaard

Effective May 1, 2012: Gaming is prohibited on computers in Odegaard Library from 11:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily.

Students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to provide feedback.

The Odegaard Learning Commons is experiencing higher than normal gaming activity. In response to numerous complaints by students unable to access a computer to complete their academic work, this new policy is being implemented on a test basis.

For Spring Quarter, please note:

  • This is a pilot policy from UW Information Technology and Odegaard Library and will be in effect during Spring Quarter 2012.
  • During all hours, current policies that give academic work the highest priority and restrict activities that are disruptive to other patrons remain in effect.
  • Students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to provide feedback at: https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/wkshop/166584

During Summer Quarter, when OUGL is closed for renovation, the feedback received will be reviewed to determine whether to continue the policy permanently or to make adjustments.

In reaching this decision, UW-IT and UW Libraries consulted with the UW Attorney General’s office, the Student Technology Fee Committee, and the UW Library Student Advisory Committee. First and foremost, the Odegaard Learning Commons is a place for all UW students to study and to do their work. If students need to game for academic purposes, they will be directed to a lab in the department issuing the course-related activity.

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