The IT department is no longer supporting the use of desktop or USB printers and will not spend significant time troubleshooting these devices. These devices can still be purchased and are still subject to purchasing rules. Mainly, that IT must approve any technology purchase of over $100. If you wish to purchase a personal desktop or USB connected printer, then email your request or any questions to AskIT@fortlewis.edu. These printers are considered personal devices and you would use it like you would a home printer, without support from Fort Lewis IT.
All new network printers will be added to the Managed Print Program. The cost of the new hardware is completely covered by IT and at no charge to the department.
In November 2015, Fort Lewis College entered into a 5 year contract with ImageNet Consulting to provide Managed Print Services. ImageNet Consulting charges the College per print and for that per print charge we are guaranteed:
Other benefits to the program:
For network printers, the new managed printer will be supplied at no cost to the department. We have standard printers, multi-function printers (Copy/Scan/Fax), and there are LaserJet options for each as well.
The per printing costs can vary based on the device. Most of our printers have a rate of $0.01 per black and white page and $0.07 per color page. The standard LaserJet printer has a rate of $0.03 per black and white page and $0.08 per color page. Then the software program charges $0.01 per sheet of paper used.
If a department needs a device outside of these four choices, then we will have to discuss the use case and determine the appropriate device. Departments can upgrade or change device types as needs change.
We have a pay-for-print system in the computer labs. Your account should be associated to one or more department budgets. When employees print in the labs there will be a popup for account selection. This screen allows the individual to select personal account and charge to their SkyCash.
Send the print job to the print environment from your office, from home, from your personal device, then release it at any of the managed departmental printers.