Computing policies for the Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) Department.


ECE provides a computer account to all qualified individuals. Users are allowed access to lab workstations as well as many other computing services.

Computer Usage

Computers in the labs are available on first-come, first-serve basis. For security purposes, the Windows machines will lock themselves after 5 minutes of inactivity. After 15 minutes of inactivity, Windows machines will close any open programs and log themselves off. ECE-LRC computers are to be used for academic course work only. Sharing passwords or allowing others to use your account is strictly prohibited. Violating any these policies will result in your account being disabled.

Campus and Security Policies

It is strongly encouraged to review and understand the policies established by the University of Texas, UT Systems, and the Information Security Office.  Please keep in mind that University resources such as computers, printers, and even the network (wired & wireless) are heavily monitored.  All University resources are to be used for official University business such as academic and research use.

Important policies that all users should review and comprehend

Acceptable Use Policy

Digital Millennium Copyright Act

Information Resources Use and Security Policy

Copyright Violations

A full list of University IT Policies can be accessed below.

Campus IT Policies

ISO Policies, Standards, and Guidelines

Device and Information Security Acknowledgement Form


This form has been created to assist ECE faculty and students meet University requirements for network security and use of information technology resources.  The form is to be filled out on an annual basis by the primary administrator/user of each UT owned device, or any device connected to the University wired network.  This is to include devices with a variety of operating systems, with the exception of mobile operating systems such as iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile/RT, for example.  The completion of this form is a prerequisite of the department to ensure compliance with the University Audits.  If you have any questions on whether you should complete this form, please email help@ece.utexas.edu

Food and Drinks

Food and drinks are not allowed in any of the labs. Anyone caught violating this policy will be asked to remove the prohibited item from the lab. Refusal to do so, or repeated violations will result in your account being disabled.

Personal Computer Systems

ECE will not provide hardware and software support for computer systems and peripherals that are not part of the UT System. Systems must have a UT Asset Tag or be in the process of being tagged.

Items not supported include:

  • Personal Laptops
  • Personal Desktops
  • Personal Peripherals

If a faculty or staff member needs a system for official university business, ECE will attempt to provide a temporary replacement until one of the following occurs:

  • Faculty/staff member no longer needs the system provided
  • A permanent system has been provided for the faculty/staff member

Update:  Due to minimal funding, ECE-IT does not have a current surplus of laptops to loan out.  If the situation changes, information will be updated accordingly.

Software Requests

Requests for new software packages or software upgrades can be placed by faculty only. Requests must be submitted to the helpdesk. New software packages or upgrades need to be extensively tested before they are integrated into the computer image. Due to the testing required, new requests must be placed by the following dates:

  • Fall semester: July 15th
  • Spring semester: December 1
  • Summer semester: May 1

Requests placed after the deadline will be installed during the mid-semester image.