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Creative Media Center Faculty and Staff Policy Guide

The following is a list of policies for all faculty members who are teaching courses in the Creative Media Center and for individuals who are employed by the CMC.

Each item should be kept in mind as you utilize the facility and supervise students. It is meant to be a helpful guide to that will preserve the usefulness, cleanliness, and security of the CMC.

Also keep in mind that many additional facts are listed in other areas of this website concerning specific practices related to student access, scheduling, printing, scanning, and equipment loans. If you do not find the answer to your questions on this page, or in the site's pages, please ask the CMC manager or lab assistants.

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  1. No food or drinks are allowed in the CMC during classes or open lab time.
    1. It is the responsibility of Faculty teaching courses in the CMC to Enforce all Food Policies during class.
    2. All drinks and food should be placed on the table outside of the lab or kept inside of students ’ book bags or other sealed containers.
    3. Food and drink containers should never be placed on the tables in the lab above or on the computers.
    4. This includes all food and drink containers.

  2. All students are required to enter and exit the CMC through the main entrance.
    1. This applies to students attending classes as well as open lab.
    2. The card reader located on the lab monitor's desk has been temporarly removed so students are not currently required to swipe thier Panther IDs upon entry and exit of the lab.

  3. Students cannot be left in the CMC during Scheduled Classes without an attending Faculty member under any circumstances.

  4. Students cannot be left in the CMC during Open Lab without an attending CMC lab monitor under any circumstances.

  5. Room Security and Use:
    1. The CMC should be locked at all times when not in use.
    2. The doors of the CMC should never be left open without the constant presence of a CMC Staff or Art & Design Faculty member.
    3. The CMC is monitored by the CMC manager and the GSU Police Department using several types of electronic surveillance, however, it is imperative that employees act responsibly.

  6. Access to the CMC using Panther Cards is restricted.
    1. Access may be granted to Art & Design Faculty scheduled to instruct within the CMC, as well as CMC Staff members.
    2. A formal request for card access must be made at least 1 week prior to the start of each new semester via email to the CMC Manage via the Area Coordinator.
    3. Access requests are submitted and supervised by the CMC Manager.
    4. Once access is granted, it can be revoked at any time in the event that circumstances require such action.

  7. Art & Design Faculty Members may checkout mobile Apple Computer Carts during Open Lab times.
    1. Students may not check out mobile computer carts, unless they are graduate students requesting cart use for scheduled classes or presentations.
    2. A form must first be completed in its entirety, providing course information, number of students attending, contact information, and signed liability clause. The request form may be found at:
      CMC Forms
    3. Carts may not be removed from the CMC with first completing the appropriate paperwork.

  8. Computer Carts must be returned to the CMC in a timely fashion.
      1. All users must insure that the CMC will be open or arrange for an alternate place to leave the cart in the event that the CMC is closed when they are finished with he cart
      2. Carts cannot be left in other classrooms.
      3. Carts cannot be left in the hallway.
      4. Carts cannot be taken out of the Art & Humanities Building.
      5. Carts cannot be kept for an extended period of time in Faculty offices or other unsecured areas.
      6. Carts must be returned by the faculty member who checked it out, not by appointed students or other faculty members.

  9. Breakout Sessions: School of Art & Design Faculty may request use of the CMC for class presentations.
    1. Art & Design Faculty can request use of the CMC during Open Lab times if requested in writing (email to P. Webb) 1 week (5 business days) before the of the requested time slot.
    2. A reply will be sent to such requests either confirming or denying use with a weekday day or two.
    3. Note: It is the goal of the CMC to give students at least a 5 day notice concerning all approved Breakout Sessions. The notice will be given via the CMC web site homepage so that students my plan accordingly in relationship to their ongoing project requirements.
    4. The CMC may not be completely closed for Breakout Sessions or Presentations during scheduled open lab times.

  10. Equipment check-in, check-out, and large format printing:
    1. These services are facilitated by CMC staff members only during open lab times.
    2. Printing and Checkout services should never be facilitated by Faculty members. The CMC can not accept responsibility for the claims or actions of students or Faculty related to services offered during Open Lab times.
    3. Equipment returns and print request cannot be dropped off for processing and must be returned or submitted by the person originating the transaction.
    4. All Faculty and students must submit completed print requests during open lab times after the first 5 minutes and before the last 20 minutes of open lab.
    5. All Faculty and students must submit Equipment Returns during Open Lab times after the first 5 minutes and before the last 5 minutes of Open Lab times.

  11. Heating and Air Conditioning Issues:
    1. The CMC is purposely keep very cool due to the large number of computers. Typically, an ambient temperature of 68° to 74° Fahrenheit can be expected.
    2. The temperature of the CMC will vary throughout the day and different seasons due to the building’s exposure to the sun.
    3. Please do not raise the window shades in the CMC.
    4. Manipulating the thermostats will not effectively alter the temperature of the CMC.
    5. Please do not call the GSU Building Services / Help Desk to request that the temperature be altered but, instead, please inform the CMC Manager via email and request that the temperature be examined. This is typically a better and longer lasting solution.
    6. It is recommended that all students be prepared for fluctuations in the CMC room temperature by carrying light-weight shirt or jacket, especially when the climate is shifting from season to season or when experiencing inclement weather.


  1. Small, Medium, and Large Format Printing:
    1. All printing prices and policies are posted at our web site: www.cmc.gsu.edu/printing1.html
    2. Access to the HP2300 B/W and HP5500 Color Laser printer is available to through the any Apple student computer workstation at all times.
    3. Access to the Epson 3000 medium format Color Inkjet Printer  (8.5” x 11” up to 13” x 19”) is available to through the Dell Dimension student computer printing station at all times.
      1. STudent may pay for prints using the Epson 3000 Inkjet printer using exact cash, personal chaecks, or money orders.
      2. The Macintosh G4 computer station utilizes an older verion of the Apple OSX operating system to remain compatible with the Epson 3000 print drivers.
      3. Files may be prepared on the CMC’s Apple MacPro student Workstations, saved to external hard drives or to the “CMC-SharedSpace-1” network drive, and may be opened on the Macintosh G4 student computer printing station using Adobe Photoshop CS3 or Illustrator CS3 software.
    4. The HP2300 B/W and HP5500 Color Laser printers utilize payment via Panther Print / Panther Card payment system located next to the Dell Dimension Dell Pinting Workstation.
    5. The Epson 7500 medium/large format Color Inkjet Printer (24” x up to 100’ paper, non-bleed prints) is only available during Open Lab times.
      1. Completed Print Request Forms (1 per file submitted), payment by check, and prepared files are required to begin the process.
      2. Students and/or Faculty members must remain present at the time of the request.
      3. Print Request cannot be dropped off for processing due to the nature of the printing process, high number of mistakes made in the file preparation process by requesters. 
      4. Services are provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.
      5. Print requests cannot be submitted during the first 10 minutes or the last 20 minutes of Open Lab due to the processing and printing speed of the printers.
    6. The Epson 10000CF large format Color Inkjet Printer (44” x up to 100’, non-bleed paper) is only available during Open Lab times.
      1. Completed Print Request Forms (1 per file submitted), payment by check, and prepared files are required to begin the process.
      2. Students and/or Faculty members must remain present at the time of the request.
      3. Print Request cannot be dropped off for processing due to the nature of the printing process, high number of mistakes made in the file preparation process by requesters. 
      4. Services are provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.
      5. Print requests cannot be submitted during the first 10 minutes or the last 20 minutes of Open Lab due to the processing and printing speed of the printers.

  2. Projector, Projection Screen, DVD player, VHS Player, and 5.1 Surround Sound System
    1. The CMC is equipped with a high-quality projection system that is connected to the Apple MacPro Teachers Workstation.
    2. The computer and projection system is preset to the optimum resolution by default. The optimum resolution set in both the Projector and the computer’s “Displays” control panel (located in System Preferences) are 1600 x 1200 pixels.
    3. In the event that you want to view the same content on the projection screen that you are able to see on the TWS computer monitor and it is not displaying automatically as such:
      1. Open the computer’s “Displays” control panel (located in System Preferences).
      2. Set the resolution to 1600 x 1200 pixels.
      3. Select “Arrangement”.
      4. Select the “Mirror” radio button.
      5. Close the System Preferences window.

    4. The Projector is controlled via remote control and the retractable projection screen is controlled by means of the up / down buttons located on the front wall of the CMC. There is not a manual timer for the projector power.
    5. Please do not draw, post, tape, prop or pin items on the projection screen. Please do not attempt to clean or manually lift the projection screen.
    6. Directions for utilizing the External DVD player are located on a small pedestal sign on top of the DVD player.
    7. Directions for utilizing the external Surround Sound controller (round Klipsch unit below external DVD and VHS player) are also located there as well however; a common mistake is the “Analog” setting is selected rather than “Optical” setting when the source is coming from the computer. Likewise, open:
      1. Select “System Preferences” from the doc.k
      2. Select “Sound”.
      3. Select  “Output"..
      4. Select “Digital Out”

    8. Directions for utilizing the Klipsch Surround Sound controller (round unit below external DVD and VHS player) with the External DVD or VHS Player are to:
      1. Select the “Analog” setting rather than “Optical” setting.
      2. Select the VHS button or the DVD button. appropriately on the RCA RF Modulator (Black box on top of DVD player).
      3. Make sure the external VHS and DVD players are turned on.
      4. Make sure the ¼” sound jack with a green plastic tip is plugged into the front of the VHS deck.
      5. Use the Projector’s remote control and press the “Input” button until you have selected Input #3. Input #3 will appear in the top right corner of the projection screen.

    9. Due to the CMC’s location near other classrooms and faculty offices, please do not set the volume of the sound system to an excessive level.

  3. Faculty Use of Digital Photographic and Video Equipment:
    1. The CMC will loan equipment to Art & Design faculty, when it is available, during regular Equipment Check Out times.
    2. The Equipment may be kept for the standard length of time designated by the CMC Schedule (1 week), or longer only if approved in writing before the checkout by the CMC Manager.
    3. If a special checkout is requested and approved, Faculty members must submit the approved request.
    4. The CMC student lab assistant will be required to place the approved special checkout request with the checkout records.