Student Services

Mobile Campus Laptop Loan Program SC128A

student borrowing a laptop

Program Overview: 

Mobile Campus is located in the CSU Student Center in room SC128A and at the circulation desk in the Michael Schwartz Library in Rhodes Tower. (campus map - pdf) Currently registered students in good standing with the University can borrow laptop computers for on-campus use for up to five hours at no cost. Feature-rich scientific color graphing calculators are avaiable for 24-hour, on and off-campus loans. Loans may be renewed at or prior to the scheduled return time - in person only - subject to end-of-day limitations. Devices are available on a first-come/first-served basis (reservations are not accepted). All equipment must be returned or renewed at the location from which it was borrowed by the specified due time or one hour before closing, whichever is sooner.

New for Fall 2016:  Mobile Campus is changing their policy on the length of loans to 48 hours this Fall.  Previously laptops and tablets were only loaned for five hours at a time (renewable).    Because most classes are scheduled on Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday, students frequently had to come to campus on their “day off” or suffer an overnight late fee.  This longer loan period should help students avoid those fines.
 
Because laptop batteries will not remain charged for 48 hours, Mobile Campus will offer A/C power cords with loaned laptops.  It is important to know however, if a laptop is borrowed with a power cord and is returned without the cord, the laptop will be considered still on loan (and subject to late fees) until all borrowed components are returned.
 
We believe this change will make the Mobile Campus program more supportive of our students’ academic pursuits.

Free Program Registration:

Students register for the program once per calendar year. Simple registration only requires the student to present two photo IDs (One must be a CSU student ID card and the other a government-issued ID card such as Driver's License, Passport, State ID Card, etc.) and completing the registration form. Photo copies of both ID cards will be made when registering for the program; these copies will be retained at Mobile Campus for future reference. Once eligibility has been established, a student can check out a device by presenting their CSU ID card and signing a check-out form. After initial registration, students can renew their enrollment yearly simply by verifying their eligibility and contact information.

Software:

Each laptop includes Internet access (via wireless network), MS Office and Internet Explorer and other standard software, as well as the current Windows Operating System. While configured with the most commonly used software for your convenience, the laptops do not provide the full suite of software available in the General Computer Labs. If access to specialized software such as SAS or SPSS is required, students will find a wider array of software in the General Computer labs. Suggestion forms are available to suggest the addition of other software on Mobile Campus devices.

Hardware:

Mobile Campus has over 200 laptops and 40 calculators available to be borrowed by students. Each laptop has a hard drive that can be used for temporary storage of files (erased when laptop is returned). They also have a USB port that enables use of your own USB Mini Drive. These laptops have high-capacity lithium ion batteries, an internal wireless modem card, and an optional carrying case. Laptops are not issued with AC adaptors. Battery-life on the laptops will vary based upon the programs being accessed and how the equipment is being used. The battery light will turn orange when the battery is low.

New Fall 2016: 

New Surface Pro 4s and MacBook Airs available at Mobile Campus in the Student Center. Additionally, we will be providing new MacBook 13" Airs for your convenience. Both of these units are light but have keyboards attached for your use when you need to write or edit a document. We feel these new models, with keyboards, will expand our line of offerings and present our students with some of the top end technology available today. Remember, Mobile Campus is a free service supported by your Student Technology Fees.

Saving your work:

Students are provided with a large (one terrabyte) online, cloud-based storage folder, called OneDrive, which can be accessed from any network-connected computer, including Mobile Campus laptops and General Computer Lab desktops. This is the default storage option for Mobile Campus and the General Computer Lab desktop computers. USB ports are also available for students who prefer to save their documents on a USB "thumb-drive". Although the computers also have an internal hard drive, students are encouraged to save their work on a cloud-based network drive or their private thumb drive because the laptops are re-imaged when they are returned to ensure that they remain virus free, properly configured, and as trouble-free as possible, as well as to preserve the privacy of each student's work. Data stored on the hard drive will no longer be available after the student completes his or her session. 

Printing your work: 

Limited free printing from Mobile Campus laptops is available in the Campus Connection Lounges and the General Computer Labs. Click here for more information about printing, purchasing additional printing, and requesting refunds for failed printing.

Fines and Fees:

Although there is no cost to use these devices, late charges ($10.00 per hour/$50 overnight), repair, and replacement fees may result if a device is returned late, damaged, lost or stolen. The maximum fine is $2,000.00. All fines and fees will be charged to your account at the University and collected by the Bursar's Office. If you have outstanding fines or fees, you will be ineligible to borrow another laptop.

Lost or Stolen Equipment:

You are responsible for the equipment loaned to you by Mobile Campus. Use of this equipment is permitted only until the date and time due as indicated on the Mobile Campus Equipment Loan Agreement. Any use of this equipment after that time is beyond the scope of the agreement and may constitute a criminal felony. If the equipment is lost or stolen, you must file a report with the CSU Police Department and report the loss to Mobile Campus promptly to avoid additional late fees.

Suggestions:

A suggestion box is located at the Mobile Campus Center. We need feedback, so please offer suggestions to help us improve this program.

Program Funding:

This program is entirely funded by Student Tech Fees and is thus restricted to student use only. Please take care of the equipment - you are helping to pay for it.

Hours of Operation:

The Mobile Campus desk will be open:  
Monday - Thursday: 7:30am to 10:00pm
Friday: 7:30am - 6:00pm
Saturday: 7:30am - 5:00pm
Sunday: Closed

* The devices can be borrowed at any time during these times up to 1 hour before closing.

(Summer Hours subject to change)

The Mobile Campus Program will be closed on holidays and during academic breaks.