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The Adaptive Technology Computer Lab Policies

Adaptive Technology Center at the University of Oregon

Description and Policies

The Adaptive Technology Center (ATC) is a student computing lab supporting students with disabilities. It is modeled on general student computing labs at the University of Oregon such as, the ITC in Knight Library and the Klamath Lab in Klamath Hall. The manager for the ATC is the Adaptive Technology Adviser.

The ATC supports students with physical disabilities using word processors, spread sheets, and web-browsing software. Additionally, the facility has specialized software to accommodate students with reading or writing issues related to learning disabilities.

The ATC is unsupervised and is open whenever Knight Library is open. Students that have been authorized by Disability Services and have completed the introductory process of the facility will have access to the lab. The lab is locked and qualifying students will be able to get a key from public safety.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The ATC is not designed to solve every technology access issue. Any student who needs technology support beyond what is offered in the ATC should speak with either the Adaptive Tech Adviser, James Bailey or Disability Services Director, Hilary Gerdes.

The Adaptive Technology Center will endeavor to provide the following:

1. An environment conducive to academic work.

2. Maintain the functionality of supported technology.

3. Provide basic operational instruction on specialized software.

4. A timely response to any center-controlled technology problems.

To better achieve these goals, students must adhere to the following policies:
(These policies are designed to ensure that the technology in the center works for all participating students as expected.)
1. Disregarding any of the following policies may result in a loss of lab privileges.

2. Students may not install software, either from a disk or the internet on lab machines. This includes some standard Windows software that has been removed from these computers.

3. Students may not change the operational settings of the computers.

4. With the exception of WYNN Reader files, students may not save files on ATC computers.

5. Students are expected to be using the adaptive technology for which they have been given lab privileges. Computer work not requiring adaptive technology must be done in another campus computing lab.

6. Students are not to store or leave personal items in the lab.

7. No library materials are to be left in the lab.

8. No food or drink (other than water in sport bottle type container) is allowed in the lab. Drinks and snacks are available in a coffee shop in the basement of the library.

9. Students are expected to work independently and are not to bring helpers or assistants to the lab. Exceptions to this may be arranged with Hilary Gerdes.

Reporting a technology problem in the Adaptive Technology Center

The Adaptive Technology Center is an unsupervised computing center. This decision was made so that students would have greater access (more time) to the specialized technology in the center. Fortunately, the technology is usually very reliable and rarely seriously malfunctions. If a malfunction occurs, then one of two things needs to happen: one, if the center manager (James Bailey) is in his office (room 140) then simply immediately report the problem to the him; two, if it is after hours or the center manager is not on site, then report the problem by phone (346-1076) or e-mail ( As with all reports of technology related problems, please be as specific as you can about the failure. Try to report the nature of the problem (i.e., computer froze or program automatically shutdown) as well as what you were doing when the incident occurred (i.e., saving a file to disk or selecting a link on a web page). Because of the unsupervised nature of the lab, it may be that the issue will not be checked until the start of the next business day.

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This site is maintained by James Bailey, the university's Adaptive Technology Access Adviser. Updated: 12/04