Policies

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

Accounts

ECE provides a computer account to all qualified EE faculty, staff, and students.  The applications available on the Linux and Windows environments are reserved for academic and academic research only.  Therefore, to qualify for either account, you must be enrolled in a EE course or have a faculty appointment.  All other requests will be reviewed on a case by case basis by ECE-IT staff. Please email help@ece.utexas.edu or visit EER 2.804 for more information.

Computer Usage

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

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.  Personal computing devices are not allowed on the wired ethernet ports within the EER building.  Personal devices are required to use the Utexas Wi-Fi only.

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.