There are many places on campus where students can print out their 10-page essays, homework assignments or any other projects that need to be turned in. However, due to students taking advantage of only using the cultural centers for printing purposes and not showing interest in getting involved, free printing is no longer offered.

Jami Grosser, senior coordinator of the cultural centers, said free printing (10 pages per day) in the cultural centers began about three or four years ago as a way to support students. Before that, some of the centers charged a small fee, others let students print for free and the rest allowed printing if students brought their own paper.

This spread quickly throughout the entire university community and many students started coming into the centers just to print, even though the cultural centers were not simply printing centers.

Last spring quarter, the centers started tracking visits and they noticed the majority of visits were simply for printing purposes.

“In spring 2018 … we found that 40 percent of visits were for printing alone,” Grosser said. “The Cesar E. Chavez Center for Higher Education averaged 56 students a day just for printing.”

Every day, many students come to the library to print out assignments, including third-year communication student Mia Martinez-Escobar. (Jacqueline Ayala | The Poly Post)

During the summer, the cultural center coordinators came together to come up with solutions and asked students and social justice leaders for their input. The cultural centers understood that students needed printing, so removing the service was not an option.

After discussion, a new print card policy was added to all the cultural centers. The hope is that more students will show interest in going to the events and not just use the centers for the free printing.

“It’s a simple punch card that allows students to print five times in any center,” Grosser said.

“Students can obtain a print card by attending one of our events and staying until the end of the event,” said Elena Seymana Nourrie, Native American Student Center coordinator.

If a student attends a workshop at the Pride Center, for example, he or she will receive a print card that can be used at any center.

“The idea behind this is to encourage students to get involved and learn about our engagement opportunities,” Nourrie said.

Printing traffic has gone down since the printing cards were issued.

Many students also go to the library to print, but this is not free. Printing in black and white costs 10 cents per page and printing in color costs 55 cents per page.

There are printers on every floor of the library except the third floor, which only has a copier near the newer elevators.

Even with all the printers, the second-floor printer is the most used by students because it is the closest to the entrance/exit, so it is particularly convenient when students are in a rush to turn in an assignment for their next class.

Now that the cultural centers have added the print cards, there is no place on campus that offers free printing.

The closest place to print for free is the University Village, but it is located off-campus and is only available for resident use.

“Village residents need to bring in their own paper and the village covers the cost of the toner and the printer,” said Regina K. Allison, housing and conference coordinator.

If students have any questions about the new printing policy at the cultural centers, they can contact Jami Grosser at

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