Freshman Orientation Booklet


MyCentral will be especially helpful to you as a student at UCM. You can access your class schedule, account information, important campus and personal announcements, as well as links to your student email and Blackboard. You will log in using your student ID and password.

Student Home Tab

This is the default tab. When you log in this will be the first tab shown.

A few of the features on this tab are:

  1. Campus Announcements - you will find announcements of interest to the campus listed here, i.e. school closings.
  2. Personal Announcements - you will find announcements of interest to specific groups you are a part of listed here, i.e. freshman or accounting majors.
  3. My Class Schedule - your class schedule for the current semester will be shown. You can select a different term from the drop down box.
  4. Academic Profile - you will find information suck as your major, college and advisor here.
  5. Holds - you will find information regarding any holds you might have on your student account.
  6. Course Evaluations - you will need to complete course evaluations at the end of each semester.

Student Services Tab

A few of the features on this tab are:

  1. UCM Registration - you can add/drop classes, look up classes to add and order textbooks.
  2. Student Grades - select the appropriate term to view grades from that semester.
  3. My Account - a quick view of your account information. Click any of the terms (links) to view specific financial information.
  4. UCM Links - quick links to the sites you use most such as email and Blackboard. Student IDs and Passwords .

Student IDs and Passwords

Please visit this page for ID and Password information.

Residence Hall Network Guidelines

Operating System Requirements: In order to preserve the integrity and security of UCM's network, the following is the minimum operating system requirements for a student's residence hall computer accessing UCM's network:



Minimum OS

Recommended OS


Windows Vista

Windows 8


OS 10.4

OS 10.6 (or newer)


Hardware Requirements: The requirements are based on the consideration that all residence hall student computers are capable of running the minimum Operating System (as outlined above):


New PC


Used PC Minimum



Used MAC Minimum


Windows 8

Windows Vista

OS 10.6 (or newer)

> OS 10.4


Core i(x) series

>Dual core

Mac Book series, iMacs, Mac Pro



4 GB

2 GB

4 GB

2 GB







Additional Hardware Information:

Wireless: Wireless technology is available in the residence halls. The use of personally-owned wireless routers or any other wireless access points is no longer permitted.  

Routers: Routers in the residence halls are not permitted. The recommended solution for rooms containing more than one computer is to use a splitter. Splitters allow two computers in a room to use the data port at the same time and can be purchased at the Union bookstore.  

File sharing, P2P, and printer sharing: File sharing, P2P, and printer sharing across the residential network is highly discouraged.

Recreational Equipment: UCM will not provide support for non academic or recreational equipment such as XBox, PlayStations, and Nintendo gaming devices or Roku streaming devices. Residents must contact the manufacturer for assistance. These devices as well as wireless printers are not permitted on our wireless system.

Wireless Access

Wireless connectivity is available in residential buildings on the UCM campus. While the network ports in your room will still provide access to the campus network, you now have the option of "going wireless". To connect via wireless, you will need:

  1. Your university network ID and password
  2. A computer/device that is wireless ready
  3. WPA2 enabled on your wireless device

If you need assistance with any of the three elements listed above, please contact the Technology Support Center at 543-4357.

PLEASE NOTE: With the deployment of university-provided wireless in the residence halls, the use of personally-owned wireless routers or any other wireless access points is no longer permitted. To ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of the university wireless in the residence halls, only wireless access points/routers that are installed and operated by the Office of Technology will be allowed. All others will be disconnected from the network and disabled. For further information regarding wireless connectivity at UCM, visit

Wired Access

Wired connectivity is also available in residential buildings on the UCM campus. If your internet works from home it will work in your residence hall room with a few changes. To connect via the data port in your room, you will need to register your computer. Instructions for registering your computer are available at the Technology Support Center or by visiting here.

Peer to Peer Networking

What is Peer to Peer Networking?

The main purpose of peer to peer (P2P) is to allow a group of users with the same networking program installed to access files on each other's hard drive, with either party being able to initiate the transaction. File sharing applications allow your computer to connect to a P2P network. Once connected, you are able to download and share files with other users on the network. P2P networking has been around for many years, but file sharing applications have made it easy to trade files with people around the world. Some applications let you choose NOT to be a file-sharing server, but others, such as Gnutella, don't. If you simply install the software and don't take the time to read any documentation, you may not even realize your computer is a server. If you have installed a file-sharing application on your computer and used it to copy a few files, then your computer may be delivering those files on demand to people anywhere on the Internet.

File-sharing applications can generate so much network traffic that they adversely affect network performance for users who share the same local network. Having your computer act as a server can burden UCM networks if your server is popular and does excessive, high-volume transfers of files. The primary cause is people off campus downloading files, chiefly from residence hall computers, mostly using peer to peer file-sharing applications like KaZaA or Morpheus.

Some well known programs are:

BearShare     BitTorrent     FreeNet     Gnutella     iMesh

Kazaa     LimeWire     MyNapster     Morpheus     Warez

How does Peer to Peer Networking work?

Shares are created and music is downloaded to those shares then sent out to others. The files available on P2P networks (music, movies, software, etc.) are stored on the hard drives of each user's personal computer. When you download a file from this type of network, you connect directly to the computer of another user on that network. When others download a file you are sharing, they connect directly to your computer to obtain it.

In many cases, violators claim to be unaware that they were distributing (as opposed to downloading, which can also be illegal) copyrighted works across the UCM network. This is due to the design of file-sharing programs.

What are the repercussions for using Peer to Peer Networking?

When you install file-sharing applications, you may get more than you bargained for. Many install smaller applications known as spyware and adware without your knowledge. These applications can monitor your web surfing habits or pop-up advertisements on your screen.

Other users may gain access to files on your hard drive that you did not intend to share, or send you files infected with a virus. If someone does send you a virus and your computer becomes infected, it could be used to attack other computers on the network.

Some people believe that if they just share files with friends or others and don't charge for the files or otherwise make any money from file-sharing that the law doesn't apply. THIS WIDESPREAD BELIEF IS NOT TRUE - SHARING COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL WITHOUT THE COPYRIGHT HOLDER'S PERMISSION IS A VIOLATION OF INTERNATIONAL LAW, U.S. FEDERAL LAW, MISSOURI STATE LAW, AND UNIVERSITY GUIDELINES. More information is available on the Office of Technology web page -

Technology Support Center (TSC)


Sundays - noon to 8 p.m.

Mondays-Fridays - 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Saturdays - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


660-543-HELP (4357) -

Phones are answered 24/7, however, you may be asked to wait for a response during our regular business hours.


Ward Edwards Building lower level

Services Offered

UCM Systems Password Resets

Connecting your Laptop/Computer to UCM WiFi

Anti-Virus and/or Virus Clean-Up

Operating System/Software Updates

Registering your Computer for Use in Your Residence Hall

Laptop/Computer Troubleshooting

Ward Edwards, 0800