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Baruch Computing and Technology Center (BCTC)

Power Down Policy: Frequently Asked Questions

Will my computer be turned off?
No. Your computer will remain turned on while it is "powered down" in sleep mode.

What is sleep mode on my computer?

Sleep is a power-saving state. Sleep saves all open documents and programs, and allows the computer to quickly resume full-power operation (typically within several seconds) when you want to start working again. Putting your computer to sleep is like pausing a DVD player: the computer immediately stops what it’s doing and is ready to start again when you want to resume working.

When will my computer go to sleep?

After 30 minutes of inactivity (no keyboard or mouse use), your computer will go to sleep.

How do I wake my computer?

When you return to your computer or need to access files, just move your mouse or push a key on your keyboard and your computer will wake-up.

Why is my computer locked when I wake the computer from sleep mode?
After you wake your workstation from sleep, the computer will be locked for security purposes. All that you need to do is press CTRL+ALT+Delete on your keyboard at the same time and enter your password that you use to log into the computer.

What happens if my computer was already locked before the computer goes to sleep?

Once you return to your computer and wake your workstation up from sleep, all that you need to do is press CTRL+ALT+Delete on your keyboard at the same time and enter your password that you use to log into the computer.

Do I have to save more frequently?
It will not be necessary for you to save more frequently, however, BCTC advises all users to save their work periodically as a standard precaution.

Is my Data Safe while my computer is asleep?

Yes. While your computer sleeps, Windows saves all open documents and programs to memory. As long as your computer doesn't suddenly lose power, your work is safe.

Will I have to restart my computer?
No. Your computer will not be shut down so there will be no need to restart it.

Why is it necessary to implement this procedure?
The New York State Office of Taxpayer Accountability has mandated that all state agencies and public authorities be in compliance with this Power Down policy by December 1, 2009. Agencies and authorities will be required to file a full compliance report by January 21.

Can I request an exemption?
The policy does not allow for exemptions.

Will this affect VPN (remote) access to my computer?
No. The system that we use to manage the power down settings takes VPN use into account.

Are servers included?
The policy only applies to desktop and portable computers.

How will the power down policy affect Mac users?
BCTC will be contacting Mac users directly to explain how the policy will be implemented for them.

Has the power down process been tested at Baruch?
Yes. After an initial test on staff computers in the BCTC, the policy was applied to over 50 computers in the offices of Human Resources, Budget, Finance, and the Vice President for Administration & Finance. There have not been any problems observed or reported since the policy took effect for those staff. A second wave of test deployment will occur before December 1.

I have a question not answered here. Who should I contact?
Contact BCTC with your questions and concerns at or 646-312-1010.