New Print Allowance Program Leaves Students Worried

According to a press release sent out to the student body from Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer, Joseph Greene, on August 1, JWU student ID cards will be loaded with complimentary print allowance equivalent to 750 black and white, single-sided pages during the 2017-2018 academic year which began on August 28. An online petition on was created with 2,000 supporters called “750 pages is not enough JWU”.  The print allowance level was determined following Information Technology’s analysis of JWU student print behavior from previous academic years. The analysis revealed, that, on average, students printed 650 pages annually.

This initiative was created to ensure a more sustainable campus. It is university wide for students of all majors who print in the computer labs and libraries. Students will be able to keep track of their balance at the on-campus print terminals when they swipe their IDs. If there is insufficient credit to complete their full job the document(s) will not print.

Lisa Pelosi, Vice President for Communications and Government Relations said that for the 2016-2017 academic year, the university’s review of on-campus printing noted the following: over 9.5 million pages were printed in campus computer labs and libraries; on average a student prints 650 pages annually; about 75 percent of students printed less than 750 pages (3.2 million pages printed by this group); and about nine percent of our students printed more than 1,500 pages (3.5 million pages printed by this group).

Pelosi said, “All the actions being implemented should significantly reduce the need for students to purchase additional print credit beyond their complimentary allowance. The university will monitor the usage of printing and review findings mid-academic year, well in advance of when students would be nearing their print limits. By talking with students, we know they want the campus to be environmentally friendly, and one way is to reduce wasteful printing.”

Students had different opinions on this matter and seemed to express their opinions negatively in the petition. Katrina DeKett, a JWU student said on an online petition, “for every baking lab I took, I had to print nearly 100 pages double sided. I’m not going to fail my classes due to a printing limit. I’m a student on a budget, paying for an expensive school. I can’t afford paper printing on top of tuition.”

Hannah Kitchen, a recent JWU alum stated in the petition, “As a recent grad with a concentration in Digital Media PRINT, testing prints (in color may I add) was a necessity to every project throughout my entire college career at JWU. I’m all for conservation, but this is an absolutely unrealistic proposal for restriction.”

Jeanette Johnson, a student stated on the online petition, “JWU has education methods that require copious quantities of printing. This is a valuable resource for students. The tuition at this university is more than enough to cover unlimited printing.”

Pelosi said, “The office of Provost is working closely with faculty to reduce the number of pages required to be printed for classwork. In addition, more of our faculty are using ULearn as a platform for both the dissemination of materials as well as for the collection of completed work. We are also seeking to identify less expensive ways to source academic materials. In addition, we are working with Student Affairs to accommodate the printing needs of Residential Life and Organizations.

This printing allowance program effects all JWU campuses. As stated in the press release sent out to the student body Providence and North Miami campuses: Students can purchase additional print credit through SAFS during business hours to continue printing on campus. A black and white page print credit is equivalent to $0.10 and a color page print credit is equivalent to $0.20. Unused print credit purchased through SAFS will not be refunded at the end of the academic year, rolled over into the next year, or be available for other on campus purchases. Denver and Charlotte Campuses: If the initial print allowance program is exhausted, students will no longer have access to print from on-campus computer labs or the library. Printing services are available at the on-campus RICOH print center.

The press release stated that by adopting this protocol is an important step in furthering JWU’s commitment to sustainability and responsible citizenship. This information can also be found on the JWU website. Pelosi stated, “By working together to be “more paperless,” we may be able to reduce consumption by one third.”

Ashley Barrow



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