Fall 2021 CS Lab Policies

The motivation for these lab policies is to grant students in-person access to Communications Facilities (CF) computers for scheduled lab and, space permitting, personal use before 4pm, while at the same time promoting social distancing.  

  • At all times, every other computer in the CF first and fourth floor general purpose labs will be available for remote access only. 

  • Labs will be closed for student access until the first day of classes. 

  • Food and drinks are not allowed in any Computer Science (CS) lab. 

  • Log in to CS computers requires a CS account. Computer accounts for students who have not taken a CS class recently are created in the first few days of the term, and no sooner than 1 day after a student registers. Please be patient while accounts are created. Accounts for CS majors and minors, and students who recently took a CS class, should be ready for use right away.

Remote access to CS Department systems requires a VPN connection. Please see the Quick Start Guide for instructions.

After establishing a VPN connection, refer to the CS Support Wiki and Technical Survival Guide for instructions on how to connect to CF lab computers from outside the CF building. Not all courses require students to connect remotely to CF computers. Please refer to your course syllabus and messaging from your instructor.

If the aforementioned content does not answer your question, or if you need to report an issue, please email CS.Support@wwu.edu with details. 


Scheduled Use of Labs (Monday - Friday):

From 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM 

  • To the extent that it is possible, 2 lab rooms are reserved for each scheduled lab section, to permit all enrolled students to attend in-person if they choose. 

  • CF first floor labs, and CF 420, have scheduled labs. Students not registered for a scheduled lab section may use an available computer in CF 420 and in all first floor labs but may be asked to vacate that spot for a student whose lab section is in session. 

  • Computer Lab CF 405 does not have any scheduled classes, so is available on a first come, first serve basis. 

  • Computers in a room in which a lab is not scheduled are first come, first serve.

From 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM 

  • Computer Lab CF 167 is available for tutor hours with CS Tutors. Students that are not involved with tutoring may work at an available computer but may be asked to vacate a computer seat that is needed. 

  • All other computer lab seats on the first floor of CF are first come, first serve.  

  • Computers in CF 420 and CF 405 are available on a first come, first serve basis. 

From 7:00 PM - 8:00 AM 

  • All computer lab seats on the first and fourth floors of CF are first come, first serve 

Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays

  • All computer lab seats on the first and fourth floors of CF are first come, first served.

View the complete lab schedule here

Room 

Computer Count 

Computer count for in-person use 

CF 162 

25 

13 

CF 164 

26 

13 

CF 165 

26 

14 

CF 167 

24 

12 

CF 405 

26 

13 

CF 420 

40 

19 

Total 

192 

84