UI printers going duplex-style | Schools
Beginning March 19th, all student printers on the University of Idaho campus will be switched to automatic duplex printing in an effort to save paper and encourage students to be more environmentally conscious. This project was a joint effort between the Associated Students of the University of Idaho, Faculty Senate, and the university's Information Technology Services department.
ASUI Director of Sustainability Alysha Van Zante says students will have the option to print single sided, but they will need to make the change back to single-sided printing in the printing preferences. She approached ITS in the fall and asked them what it would take to change the default setting. "They said that they would need student and faculty approval. Next, ASUI surveyed students in the ASUI elections, asking them whether they would support the switch. 72% of students said they would support the change," according to Van Zante, who then approached the English Department about her proposition. "In the past, the English Department had opposed automatic duplex printing because ink would bleed through graded papers and ruin the back side of the pages. The English Department said that was no longer a concern as most professors had switched to online grading and that they had no objections to the change."
The next step was to get the support of the Faculty Senate IT committee. "They supported the change to automatic duplex printing and the switch was later approved in the Faculty Senate general meeting," according to Van Zante, who says without the help and support of all three groups, this project would never have happened. "I am hoping that because we have support from all groups on campus that the change will be permanent and positive."