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Room 009 Stalker Hall

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Friday 7:30am to 6:00pm
Saturday 12:00pm to 9:00pm
Sunday 12:00pm to 9:00pm

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Fall and Spring
7:30 A.M. to 9:00 P.M.
7:30 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.
Saturday & Sunday
12:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.

For business: 812-237-4183
To report a problem: 812-237-8000
Voice Mail Help: 237-3038

Business Hours:
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Operator Services:
(while school is in session)
8am-9pm Mon-Fri
10am-9pm Sat and Sunday
(when school is not in session)
8am-4:30pm Mon-Fri

Classroom and Event Technology Support
M-F 8:00am to 4:30pm
Classroom Support Hotline:
(Black Phone connected to podium)
M-Th 7:30am to 9:00pm
Friday 7:30am to 4:30pm
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Standard for Screen Locking

IT Standard Issue Date: 10/1/2013

Supersedes: New

Who is affected by this Standard: Faculty and Staff

Why We Have this Standard:
The purpose of this document is to set a minimum standard for protecting our computers with password protected screen savers. The screen saver locks the desktop after a set amount of time with no activity. By requiring a user to sign in when they return, it minimizes the risk of an unauthorized person using an active session while the authorized user is away. A password-enabled screen saver helps to protect the information displayed on your screen, stored on your computer's hard drive, and the information that is accessible from your computer when you walk away from the computer.

Summary of Standard:
All University-owned computers should be configured to have a password-enabled screen saver. This security lockout feature should automatically initiate after the computer remains idle from user interaction after a predefined time period. The user must then re-enter their password to gain access to the computer. The general best practice for enabling automatic lockout of a screen saver is to set the timeout so that it can provide adequate security and not be inconvenient to the user.

The Office of Information Technology has set the standard for screen saver lock out which is 15 minutes. After 15 minutes of no activity, the screen saver will be invoked. No transparent screensavers are allowed.



  1. Implement a domain wide policy to enforce the standard.
  2. Provide support for machines that do not get the screen locking standard automatically enforced.
  3. Identify and review exception requests.

Chairs, Unit Heads, Deans, AVP’s , VP’s :

  1. Support the concept of a screen locking standard.
  2. Advise of and follow the exception policy when needed.


  1. A domain wide standard screen lock of 15 minutes.

Classroom instructor PCs or auditorium or conference machine PCs that drive projection systems that need to display data during instruction or presentations.

Digital signage and kiosk systems.

The lock out time for machines that contain highly sensitive information and or in high traffic areas should be evaluated as some situations may warrant a lock out time that is well below the 15 minute standard.

Other exceptions are very rarely granted as screen locking timeouts are a standard security measure. Perceived inconvenience is not sufficient grounds for removal. We are able to exempt computers from the timeout policy only in circumstances where: physical security for the space in which the computer is located is of such high quality as to make access by unauthorized users effectively impossible; or application of the timeout policy to the particular computer is materially detrimental to work activities and makes work processes effectively impossible.

Exceptions can be requested by creating a screen locking exemption ticket by contacting OIT Technology Support Center.


  1. How will OIT centrally apply a screensaver time out to workstation?
    A: OIT will apply a centralized group policy via active directory where all domain joined workstations screensaver timeout is changed to 15 minutes. Once the screensaver is activated, a password will be required before activity resumes.
  2. What applications would cause the screensaver not to kick in?
    A: The following software causes the screensaver to not activate when playing content: Windows Media Player, VLC Player, exported PowerPoint slideshows (not run from within PowerPoint), and YouTube.
  3. Will Classroom instructor PCs have the policy enforced also?
    A: No. The operating systems for these machines receive a different configuration that is maintained by the Office of Information Technology.
  4. If I have a machine that has an O.S. other than windows or is not in the domain, is the screen lockout standard still required?
    A: Yes. Machines that are not in the domain are still bound by the standard and must have the screen saver lock enabled manually. For instructions on how to manually set the screen saver lockout see:

Responsible Office: Office of Information Technology

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