Lab Access Instructions and Responsibilities

Lab Access Instructions

  • To Request Access
    Most FCS labs are controlled by an access control system with card readers located in the hallway outside each lab door. Based upon course enrollment, you may automatically get access to certain labs. Other labs will require you to explicitly request access by completing an online form found here.
  • To Enter
    To gain access to a lab, swipe your Student ID card through the card reader, while holding the top of the card, at a reasonable speed. The card reader reads the bar code on the card (not the magnetic strip), so be sure to point the side with the bar code towards the red LED on the reader as illustrated here. If you have authorization to enter, this will disable the magnetic lock on the door (for a period of about 3 seconds) to allow entry and the red light on the reader will turn green.
  • To Exit
    To exit from a lab, press the red exit button located next to the door inside the lab and pull the door open.


These laboratories are owned by the Faculty of Computer Science, University of New Brunswick, and have been established through a great deal of time, energy and expense to allow for instruction and research in Computer Science. By giving you access to these laboratories, you inherit the following responsibilities:

  • Access authorization is assigned to one person, and one person only. It is imperative that you keep the bar code on your ID card secret and do not make, or allow to make, copies of it. All door entries are audited by these bar codes.
  • If you suspect that someone is using your bar code to gain access, e.g. by having acquired a copy of your ID card, notify the Faculty of Computer Science administration at once. The access authorization for your card can be disabled and a temporary one assigned for your own protection.
  • Do not allow anyone besides yourself into the lab. Everyone who should be allowed into the lab will be issued an access authorization for this purpose. This means that you must resist the temptation to allow someone into the lab who knocks on the door. Please do not let someone into the lab who knocks on the door.
  • Prevent tailgating; i.e. when two or more people want to enter the laboratory at the same time, it is imperative that each individual use their own Student ID card to gain access, and enter separately. You are responsible for laboratory equipment when you are in the lab.
  • Do not block open the door of the lab for any purpose. This immediately violates the proper functioning of the access control system.
  • If you loose your Student ID card, you must first go to Graphical Services to acquire a new one. In the mean time, you can stop by E-120 and ask for a temporary card. Suspicious activities are monitored by UNB Security.
  • Please report any missing equipment, documentation or any damage noticed in any of the labs to the Faculty of Computer Science or to UNB Security as soon as possible.

Consequences of Irresponsible Behavior

Anyone failing to act responsibly, as defined above, will have their access to these laboratories disabled. The University may also take other actions as deemed appropriate.