Cosmas Tzavelis

Professor of Civil Engineering

Lab Policy

CE Departmental Lab Policy
1. No student or group of students, undergraduate or graduate, can work in any of the CE labs, C-14 or non-C-14, unless a professor or a technician is present in that particular lab at all times that the students are working in that lab. This means that the buddy system is no longer allowed.
2. For the single C-14 CE Lab (the environmental lab), a C-14 Professor or a C-14 technician must be present in that lab at all times when the students are working in that lab.
3. The CE Research Design Lab (Room 401) is exempt from the requirements 1 & 2 above. CE juniors, seniors and graduate students will be given ID Card-swipe access to Room 401 in the near future.
4. The CE Department will try to accommodate all reasonable requests by CE students to work in the CE Labs but this will be permitted only during 9AM-5PM workdays when we can assure that a professor or a technician is present in the lab. A student must obtain prior approval from the faculty advisor or the chairman at all times so we can assure that arrangements have been made for a faculty member or a technician to be present in the lab. Except for Room 401, students, undergraduate or graduate, have not been provided programmed ID-Card swipe access to any of the CE labs. This means that without prior approval, students cannot gain access to any of the CE labs.
5.If a student wants to use the labs during off hours (other than 9-5
workdays), it is the student's responsibility to obtain prior approval of the Chairman. This will be allowed only if the department is able to assure that a faculty member or a technician has agreed to be present in the lab during the off hours when the student will be working in the lab. Since the Dean of Engineering has made it clear that payments to a technician for off-hours work are not in the budget, this means that a professor or a technician will have to volunteer their time for off-hours work for a student to work in the lab.