The Law School places limits on student printing in order to reduce waste and contain costs. The following policies apply to law students printing to law school owned printers.
Overview Students enrolled in the Law School receive 750 pages (black and white) of free printing for each half year (July 1 to December 31 and January 1 to June 30). The printing system calculates this balance in dollars and cents, with each page given a value of $0.05. As a result, each half year a student receives a printing allocation of $37.50. Each page printed on law school printers is deducted at $0.05 per page from this allocation. Color printing, if available, is deducted at $0.15 per page. Double-sided printing is discounted by 20% (i.e. $0.04 per page) to reflect the actual savings provided by double-sided printing.
If a student exhausts the printing allocation provided by the school, he or she is required to purchase additional pages on a secure web site in order to continue printing. More detailed procedures and instructions are available at https://lawhome.case.edu/students/papercut/. To minimize inconvenience, the system allows a student to accrue a deficit of 100 pages ($5). Once a student reaches this overdraft limit, printing is immediately cut off and is not restored until the deficit is paid and additional funds are added by means of the secure web site.
At the end of the half-year any unused funds are transferred to the new half-year and an additional $37.50 is added to the balance to a balance maximum of $75.00.
Special Circumstances A student organization, such as journals, SBA, Mock Trial, etc., can request that special shared printing accounts be created for their organization to help offset the increased printing demands of being a member of that organization. To get a special account set up, the leader of the organization should contact the Director of Information Technology, Tron Compton-Engle at firstname.lastname@example.org. The organization's leader will be required to provide a written request which includes the number of pages desired for the organization, a detailed rationale for the number of pages (e.g. events or projects that require printing), and the names and University network IDs of all of the members of the organization. The Director will review the request and forward it to the Chair of the Library and Computers Committee for final approval. At his or her discretion, the Chair of the Library and Computers Committee can request additional information or documentation or grant fewer pages than requested.
Staff and faculty can send request to the Director of Information Technology for special accounts for students in a class with unusually high printing demands, for student workers, for research assistants, or for any other group of students that needs additional pages. The Director will review the request and forward it to the Chair of the Library and Computers Committee for final approval. Students are not eligible for printer fund increases for any other circumstances.
If you are a member of a student organization or other group or class with additional printing demands, inquire with the organization leader or supervising faculty member whether a shared account is available. The Library and Computers Committee reserves the right to determine which organizations and classes receive special accounts and the initial balances available in those accounts. It is the responsibility of each organization to manage prudently its own printing account. An organization’s balance will not be replenished due to the misuse of the shared account by one student in the organization.
Students can request that the Director of Information Technology refund print jobs for situations such as poor print-out quality, damaged print jobs, and print jobs that are charged, but don’t come out of the printer. Refunds are not provided when the issue is caused by a student’s own error (lost print-outs, printing the wrong document, etc.). When granted, refunds are provided as credits in the printing system (restoring pages to a printing balance), not as cash or credit card refunds. Unused funds in the printing system are not refunded, even in cases where the pages where purchased with a credit card. In situations where it is unclear whether a refund should be granted, the Director will consult with the Chair of the Library and Computers Committee, whose decision is final.
Penalties Students reaching their 100 page ($5) overdraft limit are immediately denied printing to law school printers. Printing is not restored until additional funds are added to the balance either by the student purchasing pages on the School’s secure credit card site or an automatic deposit of funds at the beginning of a half-year (July 1 or January 1).
If it is determined by the Information Technology Department that a student has intentionally circumvented the school’s printing system in order to avoid the limitations placed on printing described in this policy or assisted other students in doing so, he or she may have all law school computer privileges revoked, including, but not limited to printing, computer lab access and taking exams on computer, for any period of time as determined by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Intentionally circumventing the printing system may also be determined to be a violation of the Law School’s Code of Conduct (Section II.4), with applicable disciplinary procedures and penalties.