The College of St. Scholastica

Computing Policies

Printing Policy

Number of Free Pages and Costs Thereafter
Check Printing Status
Tips to Help Reduce Printing
Color Printing
Wireless and ResNet Printing to Computer Lab Printers
Other Items People Should Know...


The goal of print metering is:

  • to become more environmentally responsible.
  • to reduce excessive paper waste.
  • to fairly allocate costs to those who use the printers.

By reducing printing and fairly allocating costs, the print metering system will be consistent with the College's Mission which calls for students, faculty, and staff to be accountable to both self and society.

Number of Free Pages and Costs Thereafter

To determine a fair fee for printing, the IT department considered other institution's policies as well as historical costs associated with printing at St. Scholastica.

We have a new print metering system in place called PaperCut. It will allow you to see what you printed, when you printed it, and where you printed it.  This new system also breaks down the environmental impact of each individuals printing.  It will tell you how many trees your printing has used, how many hours a 60 watt lightbulb would run, and what your carbon footprint is according to the number of pages that you have printed.

Your account will start out with a credit of 500 pages every semester.  Each page you print will be deducted from your quota.  This applies to color page prints, as well.  

Checking Print Status

A web page has been set up for students to check their printing status. It is located at merritt:9191/user. Just log in using your Cor user name and password to view job history and remaining quota.


Information Technologies installed duplexing printers in the computer labs so people are able to print on both sides of a piece of paper. Printing on both sides of a page will only be charged as one page. 

The computer labs are setup to duplex by default.

To change your printing options if you do not want print on both sides:

  1. Go to File, Print...
  2. Click on the Properties button next to the printer name.
  3. Click on the Printing Shortcuts tab
  4. Click No to say that you do not want to print double sided.

Color Printing

Faculty and Staff college-related color print jobs should be printed at the Copy Center, which is located in the receiving area of the Tower building (T2634). For Faculty and Staff, this will be charged directly to their department account and the department will be billed monthly.

Students should use the color printers in the computer labs. One color printer is located in the hallway outside of the Micro Lab in T-2410; and one is located in the Science Commons Lab S-3114. Color prints will be deducted from the student's semster quota at a rate of one page per printout. Please ask the TA at the Help Desk in T-2410 or at x5911 to release color print jobs for you. In order to prevent jobs from being sent to the color printers by accident, they are not printed until released by a TA. Any print jobs that haven't been released after an hour are assumed to be unwanted and are automatically deleted.

Other Items People Should Know...

Print metering affects everyone, including Duluth Extended Campus students, who print to any computer lab laser printer on the Duluth campus. At this time, Twin Cities, Brainerd, St. Cloud and Rochester Extended Campus locations are not able to participate in print metering.

Tips to reduce printing.

All summer accounts created for individuals or groups will also be subjected to a limit of 500 free printouts in the computer labs. Departments will need to call the Help Desk to request a computer account for a summer group. Accounts can be set up so groups are unable to print. Accounts can also be disabled at any time, by calling the Help Desk, if student groups are abusing their printing privileges.

Remember to shut down or restart any lab computer you may have used. If you do not properly shut down your computer, you are still logged in that computer, and that is a security risk. It also means that anyone could potentially print from your account. You will be charged for those pages if this should occur.