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GPS Equipment Policy

The following is the official GPS equipment policy for the Allegheny College geographic information systems (GIS) laboratory.  This policy will be instituted beginning July 1, 2007 and will be administered and enforced by the GIS Manager (GISM) and the Environmental Science (ES) department chairperson.  Please note that this policy is the same for students, faculty, and staff in any department of the college.  This policy is subject to change without notice.
Students, faculty, and staff within any college department, both academic and administrative, involved in the following types of GIS-related projects may reserve and use the GPS equipment:
  • a) academic coursework
  • b) senior research projects
  • c) internship projects
  • d) faculty/student research
  • e) special interest projects (by permission only)
However, students and faculty involved in any type of academic research project will be given higher precedence over all other types of projects. At no time may the GPS equipment be used for personal or recreational activities.

Those wishing to borrow the GPS equipment must adhere to the following guidelines:
  • 1) a GPS equipment reservation form must be completed, signed, and submitted no less than 48 hours before the intended use,
  • 2) equipment can be reserved in 4 or 8 hour increments (ex. 8 am to Noon or 8 am to 4 pm)
  • 3) all equipment must be returned the same day and in the same condition in which it was borrowed
  • 4) a maximum of 1 GPS receiver may be reserved at any given time per person
  • 5) the user must undergo a short training session and follow detailed instructions regarding how to properly use the equipment
If GPS equipment must be reserved for more than an 8 hour time period or multiple GPS receivers are needed, such as for group projects within an academic course, special permission from the GISM must be obtained.  In addition, equipment can be reserved for a maximum of 5 consecutive week days.  The GISM and ES Department chairperson reserve the right to deny access to GIS lab resources.  Click here for a list of GPS equipment available for reservation.


For clarification on this policy, please contact the GIS Manager, Chris Shaffer at 332-2719 or Dr. Eric Pallant at 332-2870.