This article details the policies regarding Engineering Workstations (EWS labs) resources.
Students in a degree program in at The Grainger College of Engineering or a program that has a partnership with The Grainger College of Engineering, will automatically be given an EWS account as long as they are enrolled in at least one course for the current term. For more about this policy, please see EWS Labs, Account Policy
Room reservation requests for EWS labs must be submitted at least 10 business days in advance of the first occurrence of the event. We cannot guarantee reservations will be honored if they are submitted any later.
While lab reservation requests are generally approved on a first come first served basis, the primary function of the labs is to support instruction for The Grainger College of Engineering. Therefore, reservation use-cases determine the priority of the request, which may result in existing reservations having to be changed. The priority list is as follows:
We are unable to take reservations for office hours. Instructors and TAs are welcome to hold office hours in departmental labs (subject to availability, contact your department) or in EWS labs during open hours when the lab is not otherwise reserved, while sharing the lab with students using the lab for other coursework. We apologize for any inconvenience, but we must make sure our labs are available to the largest number of students possible. Thank you for your understanding.
To reserve an EWS Lab, please fill out the EWS lab reservation request form.
To see the current lab open and reserved hours, see the lab calendars here: https://my.engr.illinois.edu/excal/. Open hours are subject to change at any time, due to new and changed reservations.
In the event that an existing reservation will need to be changed to accommodate a request with higher priority to the instructional mission of Engineering at Illinois, EWS will work with all parties involved to see if alternate arrangements are feasible. The reservation form allows you to select a "backup" lab location to assist with this.
Violation of any EWS policy can result in account suspension and/or loss of access to EWS resources.
Policies for advertising on EWS computers:
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Instructors and TAs that are responsible for a course may request software be installed at http://go.illinois.edu/EWSSoftware. This request form will capture all of the information that EWS staff need to complete the installation. Software requests must be tied to an academic course with an assigned CRN. EWS Labs are an instructional resource; due to the terms of our software license contracts and instructional funding for EWS resources, EWS computers may not be used for research. The instructor is also responsible for purchasing the appropriate software licenses, if applicable.
Please keep in mind that EWS staff will need time to automate mass deployment of software packages within the EWS environment. Therefore, software requests may take up to two weeks to process; we encourage you to submit your requests early. We also recommend testing the software prior to using it in class to ensure that it is working as expected.
Software is only guaranteed to be available for the semester that it is requested for. EWS Staff reserves the right to remove software from managed systems between semesters. This is to ensure an operable working environment for students using the lab computers.
Before submitting a request, make sure it is not part of our core software list: EWS Labs, EWS Lab software
Students requiring software for their courses should contact their instructor or TA to make the request on behalf of the course.
Scheduled Maintenance: Every Monday between midnight and 5am
Every Monday morning between midnight and 5am EWS labs will receive the latest patches from Microsoft and other vendors such as Java, Adobe, etc. These patches will necessitate a system restart. This is a scheduled weekly event, unlike the 5am to 7am window which is for additional maintenance.
Other Maintenance: Daily between 4am and 7am
EWS staff may reboot workstations and servers daily between the hours of 5am and 7am to perform preventative maintenance, software upgrades, and operating system patches. Whenever possible, advance warning will be given to logged-in users.
Use of EWS resources for academic research purposes is prohibited. This includes both the physical computer labs and virtual resources, (i.e. Engineering Citrix and FastX services). For more about this policy, please see: https://go.illinois.edu/ews-research-policy .
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