UIC’s Academic Computing and Communications Center (ACCC) monitors network operations on all computers across the campus. It manages more than 30 public computer labs, some of which have 24-hour access (provided one has access to the building). The labs feature many of today’s state-of-the-art computers, with the latest in academic and professional software. However, most students bring their own computers so they can get their work done anywhere they please. Still, labs usually don’t start filling up until the middle of the semester, which is when freaking-out season officially begins. Another gripe students have to deal with is an instructor reserving a lab. While some instructors will let students stay even if they’re not enrolled in the course, others usually make it clear that those students have to leave.
Technical support at UIC is quite abundant. Anyone experiencing problems with their personal or ACCC computers can call or visit any ACCC station to receive help. However, one of the most important functions of the center is providing University network identification (netids). These are required to access ACCC computers, wireless and e-mail networks, and online sections of courses. They are unique to each individual and are usually an alphanumeric combination of one’s first and last names and a number associated with the occurrence of one’s last name at the University. With a netid, one is able to access all network resources on campus, such as wireless Internet, personal accounts, and printing.