Partly because some equipment is purchased with student tech fees
(namely the laptop computers) and partly because it just wasn't worth
our staff time. Nowadays you could rely on an e-mail from the faculty
member, but with a signature, how do you know it's not forged?
And the biggie -- Unlike the faculty, students are fined for late
returns and are more easily billed for damages.
Equipment is of course intended for class-related use and we do have
this information posted.
However, unless someone volunteers that they're planning to, say, use 4
projectors for a gaming night at their apartment, we don't ask
We realized that if you ask, "Why do you need this equipment?" and they
know that the only correct answer is "For a class project" -- Do think
anyone will admit to anything else once they know this?
Media Services Librarian
Minnesota State University-Mankato
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