The Prism labs consist of several labs, many of which can be found on the first floor of the Lassonde building. They are used for undergraduate and graduate learning in the EECS program.



OPEN HOURS – Winter 2017
(January 5  – April 5)

Monday to Friday: 9:00 am – 10:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm

Labs Schedule PCMode Schedule

(February 18-24, April 6  ) & EXAMS (April 7-24)

10:00 am – 9:00 pm daily (including Sat/Sun)

The labs are closed when the University is closed:
February 20, April 14



Prism Lab usage is governed by York University policies and Prism Use Policies.

PRISM Use Policies

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) operates a number of computer facilities that include labs, workstations, servers, printers, and specialized hardware and software. These facilities are known collectively as “Prism” and can be accessed using a Prism Account. The usage of Prism is governed by the policy contained herein, by York University Senate Policy on Computing and Information Technology Facilities, and by York University Senate Policy on Academic Honesty. By using your Prism Account you acknowledge that you have read, and will adhere to, these policies.

  1. Usage of any Prism facility is restricted to work related to courses offered by EECS. You may not use your Prism Account for any other purpose.
  2. Departmental and course-related messages will be sent to your Prism email address. You are expected to check this email regularly. If you use a different email address then you are responsible for forwarding email as appropriate.
  3. If a Prism lab is booked for a course section then you may not use the lab unless you are enrolled in that section. And if you were in the lab before the section starts then you are expected to logout and leave the lab promptly before the start time of the section.
  4. Food and drinks are not permitted in any Prism lab (lab monitors excepted).
  5. Excessive noise is not permitted in any Prism lab. If audio output is needed for course-related work then headphones must be used; i.e. the workstation’s speaker may not be used, even at low volume.
  6. Prism lab users must cooperate with any directions given by the lab monitor.
  7. Prism workstations may not be session-locked and may not be left unattended. If you must leave your workstation then logout before leaving.

Enforcement & Violation

The lab monitor is responsible for enforcing this policy. Violation of its rules will result in locking the Prism Account of the offending user.

Last updated Fall 2013.

PRISM Account

Prism accounts are available for all students enrolled in Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science major courses. Students who are registered to service courses that use the lab facilities are also eligible to obtain Prism accounts.

Obtain a Prism Account

In order to obtain a Prism account, you will use the Activ8 web application. You must have a Passport York account prior to obtaining a Prism account. Your Passport York account username will be your Prism username.

There are several ways to obtain a Prism account:

  • On the Internet: Point your web browser to
  • In person, in LAS1006 or LAS1004: Enter ‘activ8’ as the login name, hit enter for password.
  • In person, in LAS1002: Enter ‘activ8’ both as the login name and password.

Change Prism Password

If you forget or wish to change your password, use the Activ8 system. Visit to reset your account password .  An email will be sent to you to validate the user information. You will have 30 minutes to do the changed password from hte timehte email is sent.


The Prism lab is staffed by senior student monitors who are available:

  • to answer questions regarding problems with your account, Unix, printing concerns.
  • to correct printer problems
  • to enforce the Prism Use Policy.

You are asked to be polite and follow monitor requests promptly at all times.

Teaching Assistants are graduate students who are assigned to a particular course to help students with questions related to course work and assignments. They are available at certain hours during the week. The course instructor will inform students of the TA schedule for a course.

The EECS technical support team manages all EECS research and teaching facilities including Prism labs.