Our math department rents calculators by the semester. Students pay
a $12 calculator leasing fee at the Cashier's Office. They bring the
payment to the math lab where the calculators and leasing documents
are located. Tutors and the office coordinator (me) handle the
leasing paper work.
The contract states that the student is responsible for replacement
of the calculator if it is lost, stolen or damaged. It also states that
return their calculators within 7 business days of the end of the
semester. Students are responsible for batteries after they lease the
If the calculators are not returned, the tutors or I call to remind
students to return the calculators. If the calculators are still not
returned we write a
memo to the Cashier's Office requesting that the students account be
charged for the calculator. Once the account is charged the student can
not register for
classes until the debt is paid.
The process is relatively simple, but the paper work can be a bit
overwhelming. We have not been particularly strict on enforcement of the
contract so we have
lost quite a few calculators.
The math lab will also loan a calculator to a student for a class
period. We trade school ID's for calculators. If the calculator isn't
returned that day we
call the student. So far that has not happened.
Overall, the students and the instructors are very happy with the
In the future I would like to use a material checkout software to
track this information. I think the number lost would decrease
considerably and we would have
better statistics to support the program.
If you have more questions, please feel free to email me.
The Math Solution
Glendale Community College
We use the rental fees to buy more calculators.
Kathryn VanWagoner wrote:
> Does anyone rent calculators to students for an entire
semester? I have heard of this idea, and I am interested in knowing
some details of how it is done.
> How much is charged for a semester rental?
> Is there some kind of collateral held?
> What kind of paper work do you use? (Sample?)
> What else should I know about it?
> Kathryn Van Wagoner
> Coordinator, Math Tutorial Services
> Utah Valley State College
> 800 West University Pkwy
> Orem, UT 84058