Effective Sep. 3, the downtown campus Computer Center and
the Learning Assistance Center, and the Hawai‘i Loa Educational
Technology Center introduced a printing fee. Students have
to purchase a debit card in order to print out materials from
Anticipating that the new fees will engender complaints from
students, the HPU information technology services posted an
announcement titled “Frequently Asked Questions-Print Express”
on Campus Pipeline (From log in go to “personal announcements”
and click on “Print Express”).
According to the announcement, the school decided to impose
the new regulation for two main reasons: 1.There is evidence
that students have made illegal copies of books downloaded
from the Internet, which is an infringement of U.S. copyright
laws. This puts HPU in legal jeopardy. 2.HPU has received
many student complaints that other students are sending an
excessive number of pages to printers, causing a huge backlog
of users who have to wait an unreasonable length of time for
their own print jobs.
Jeff DeVilbiss, a senior computer science major who has been
working at the downtown Computer Center for two years, said
that “Up to 5,000 sheets of paper were printed by students
every day in the past semesters.” He added that lots of it
was never picked up.
According to new print accountability and policy for fall
2002, students must buy a Print Express card for $5.00 with
$3.00 worth from the Computer Center or the HPU bookstore.
Students will be charged for $0.05 per page, while color print
jobs are $0.35 per page.
“I can understand why the school is doing this,” said Yean
Yin, a sophomore advertising major from Malaysia, “but it’s
not reasonable because we’re paying a high tuition—$4,925
“The school can probably take another alternative, like establishing
limited sheets of paper that a student can be allowed to print
for a semester,” said Jessica Ma, an international business
major and also a frequent user of the Computer Center. “I
think that’ll be more convenient, and students will be more
willing to accept the new change.”
DeVilbiss explained that to collaborate with the new charging
rule, there is a corresponding printer designated for each
computer room with rules posted next to them.