Technology Fee FAQs
The Technology Fee was implemented to fund and refresh student technology, improve student life and learning, and classroom related programs.
For the purpose of the Student Technology Fee Policy, the term “technology” or “technologies” shall mean computer hardware and software, networking and supporting computer telecommunications infrastructure related to delivering student services, and may also include student staff and support working on or with the above mentioned.
The Technology Fee budget is maintained by Information Technology Services (ITS); each year the fee schedule is recommended to and approved by the Board of Trustees.
Technology Fee expenditures are monitored and tracked on several levels throughout the year. The Department of Information Technology Services closely monitors expenditures for all purchases, and ensures these funds are appropriately directed. Any new initiatives are reviewed and endorsed by the IT Executive Steering Committee. Finally, the Budget Review Team and Finance Department regularly reviews funding and expenditures related to the Technology Fee budget.
Q: How did the Student Technology Fee get started?
A: Over the last five years, LUC has significantly expanded technology services for all students to include:
- Increased Lab Availability with expanded hours of operation (21 labs on LSC/WTC with 1,050 workstations)
- More specialized software, equipment and tools (i.e. Digital Media Lab, equipment loan and checkout programs)
- Technology refresh programs (i.e. wireless, network and workstation replacement programs)
- Student technology support for personal devices
- Information Commons Facility
All of these initiatives represent a significant investment in supporting and providing student access to technology resources. The finalized proposal for the introduction of the Student Technology Fee was approved by the Board of Trustees, implementing the fee for the Fall 2009.
Q: What kinds of expenditures are allowable from the Student Technology Fee?
A: Examples of allowable expenditures include, but are not limited to:
- Workstation Replacement Program For Student Labs
- Wireless Replacement/Updates Program
- Information Commons Replacement and Enhancements/Upgrades
- Expanded technology services and support
- New capital projects that expand student technology services
Technology-related costs that are associated with a specific department, program or major are NOT part of this fee. Incremental requirements directly related to a course or program are assessed separately.
Q: Do other universities have technology fees?
A: Yes. Based on a 2008 Survey, a majority of the AJCU (Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities), and most of the larger research institutions have also implemented a Technology Fee.
Q: Do all students have to pay the Technology Fee and how much is it?
A: All Lakeside Students (anyone registered for one or more credit hours) pay the Technology Fee. The Fee amount is graduated based on the program and the number of credit hours a student is taking.
Q: Why are we charged an additional fee for overdue fines from the Digital Media Lab?
A: The Technology Fee provides the equipment for the Equipment Loan Program. The supplies in the program are limited and each student signs a contract prior to renting the equipment agreeing to the terms and conditions including the amount of time they can keep the equipment. The late fee is in place to ensure maximum availability of equipment in the Equipment Loan Program without needing to continuously purchase additional equipment.
For any additional information please contact ITS Help Desk at 8-4ITS.
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