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Whereas the scholastic use of computers often includes activities (e.g. rendering) that take longer than the sixteen minutes of inactivity required to initiate the logoff script; and,

Whereas productivity suffers when students are forced to remain at their lab computers while such aforementioned tasks are performed; and,

Whereas the vast majority of students who encounter the logoff script on another student's computer will terminate it themselves to prevent the unnecessary loss of data; and,

Whereas students leaving their computers inactive will, in virtually all cases, enlist the help of others to ensure that the logoff script does not initiate nor does it succeed in its operation; and,

Whereas this petition demonstrates: while students obviously oppose the frivolous use of school computers, they display a greater opposition towards the solution currently instituted by the university; and,

Whereas students have actively embraced means of circumvention when they've been made available; and,

Whereas, if the College of Architecture expects students to perform quality work at a pace acceptable to the IT staff, licenses to rendering and CAD programs should be made available to any student for private, educational use; and,

Whereas, as a matter of technicality, sixteen minutes (of inactivity before the script is initiated) plus five hundred seconds (the default countdown time) is actually only twenty-four minutes and twenty seconds (not the twenty-five minutes advertised); now, therefore, be it resolved:

That we, students enrolled at the College of Architecture, would like to make public the frustration and animosity generated by the IT department's implementation of an automatic logoff script on all computers at the College of Architecture; and,

That we advocate the immediate termination of the school's automatic logoff policy.

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