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University of Ontario Laptop Fees?

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University of Ontario Laptop Fees?

Hey! I'm looking to transfer here, but I am not familiar with the laptop fees the university is charging students with. Do you have to pay for a laptop every semester or are you just leasing it?

Any way to opt out of this through a special request? I've got a more than sufficient enough laptop with all the programs I'll ever need.
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You know what else is ironic? I was walking through this university one day and they ask for public DONATIONS!!!!!!! Can you believe that?? I thought parasite was a good word to describe these people, but there should be a word created that greater intensifies the definition to entities like this.
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which university? Ryerson?
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UofO, good school. Tricky to find.
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UOIT out in Durham? Let's see, is it the school or the student council responsible for the laptop program (first of it's kind for Ontario I recall).
http://itsc.uoit.ca/teaching_learning/t ... /index.php
[QUOTE]Professors at UOIT develop sophisticated course content using the university’s powerful online learning management system. An annual fee covers the use of extensive technical service, hardware (including repair), virus protection, high-speed Internet on campus, insurance and a wide range of program-specific software.[/QUOTE]
http://itsc.uoit.ca/teaching_learning/t ... formation/

Click the applicable program of interest in the following link to see the laptop information:
http://itsc.uoit.ca/teaching_learning/t ... rogram.php
http://itsc.uoit.ca/teaching_learning/t ... efresh.php

Two benefits of using their computers:
1) you get a tax credit on the T2202A for the Technology-enriched learning fees
2) you are eligible to buy the computer for $1 if you paid the tech fees for two years and followed all policies and setting changes when applying for graduation.
http://itsc.uoit.ca/teaching_learning/t ... udents.php


And in the end, it looks to be a University fee (compulsory ancillary fee.
http://itsc.uoit.ca/teaching_learning/t ... hedule.php
Note the nice details in the bottom part of the schedule-no fee will be charged on co op placement or internship when laptop is returned>guess that happens before the placement? There is a weekly $125 charge for late return of laptop!

There is a Laptop Charge Appeal Request Form but you have to provide back up documentation. In sum, read through all university policies to see what can support an appeal request. Or fall in line with the Technology Use and Student Learning Tool Agreements (latter places prohibitions on what you can do with IT in relation to political activity, non-university advertising, etc.).
http://itsc.uoit.ca/teaching_learning/t ... udents.php


On a side note-if you plan on driving to school and your student fees cover a subsidized transit pass, there usually is a small window of time (first month or less) in which to apply for a refund of the transit pass portion of your student fees. Think this can apply to Health Service fees too if you are covered under someone else's plan (usually a parent's if they pay a fee to cover you beyond 18 yr of age).
[QUOTE]Students must provide the required proof of coverage to the insurance company to complete the opt-out. Prescription drug, travel insurance, and accident insurance are mandatory.[/QUOTE]

Site does not mention how to opt out of the U-Pass transit fee when driving to school but usually there is a process:
http://uoit.ca/main/current-students/ca ... u-pass.php
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The laptop fee is bogus. I torrent things when I want, and I don't want to have to pay for their laptops. They make you pay for the stupidest services that most barely use or have access to outside of the university (skating rink, riot radio, gym, LAPTOPS, etc...)

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