Computing Resources at UCM
University employees may have an office workstation providing access to UCM's computing resources. These computing resources include:
Local Area Network (LAN) - GoogleApps email, the Internet, Web-based course development tools, backed-up file storage for documents, and applications such as word processing, presentation tools, spreadsheets, graphics, etc.
Employees should have an account when arriving on campus:
HELP is available:
At UCM, we have connected our desktop computer workstations through a network for several reasons:
A few things that you might find interesting about UCM's networks are:
On a stand-alone computer you save files on your local hard disk (the C or D drive) or on a removable storage device, such as a thumb drive. However, on a network computer you also have access to several shared drives. These drives are physically located on one of UCM's servers, but you have access to them from any network-connected computer on campus. Switch to one of these drives to save or open files, just as you would for your hard drive or your floppy disk drive.
Other network drives may be available to users depending on their needs.
Logging onto the Network
To log onto the university network using a Windows PC:
If the network server cannot confirm your User Name and/or password, it will request that you re-enter them.
When the network server does confirm your entries, it will connect you to your shared resources (shared department drives, the email server, network printers, etc.) using a log-on script. Wait while the script executes.
Creating Strong Passwords
A strong password is one that cannot easily be guessed or figured out through trial and error by another person. Therefore, the following UCM network account password requirements have been established. Your network password:
To change your UCM network password, please follow these steps.
Please remember that this process only changes your network password. If you need additional assistance, please contact the Technology Support Center at x4357.
Requesting a Computer Account
To request an account on UCM's network and mainframe for using the internet, email, submitting grades, accessing student records, etc., please have your budget coordinator or department head complete the web-based request form found here.
With new strains and variants of malicious computer viruses, Trojans, and worms being released daily, it is essential that the University's computer users are knowledgeable about protecting computing resources. In addition, the proactive use of updated virus protection software is essential.
Each computer on campus should have a current version of anti-virus software installed. The application currently being used on campus is ESET Endpoint Antivirus for PCs and Macs.
As each new variant or strain is released, new definition files must be created and installed on both the server and local workstations. It is critical to keep the workstation anti-virus definition files current. The Office of Technology uses Tivoli Endpoint Manager Support Center to update the anti-virus definition files and install critical patches on workstations, which sometimes includes a message indicating a fix or patch has been installed.
In addition to virus software, it is important that the University's computer users are vigilant against e-mail containing infected attachments.
If you suspect that your machine may be infected with a virus, or if you need assistance in installing or configuring your anti-virus software, please call the Technology Support Center at 543-4357.
UCM's Web Sites
UCM's Home Page
UCM's home page provides access to a wealth of useful information about UCM, including a campus map, a calendar of special events, a method to locate employee and student contact information, and more. Students use UCM's web site to manage their enrollment on-line. They can perform such tasks as enrolling in classes, viewing their grades, checking the status of their charges and payments to the University, and viewing their degree audit.
Faculty members may use Blackboard to post a syllabus, important class dates, homework assignments, instructor notes, etc. for their courses on the web.
Employees can access their personal information, employee information, department financial information, class rosters (for faculty) and much more.
Computer Hardware Purchasing Policy
The University standard for computer workstations to be used in and on the University Network System is set by the Office of Technology.
All requests for ordering a desk top or a notebook computer shall be placed through the Technology Support Center at 543-4357 so that an OT representative may review and approve the proposal configuration prior to the order being placed through Purchasing.
The commercial and publicly available Dell website may be used by departments for informational purposes only (e.g. viewing possible configurations and estimating costs). This commercial and publicly available website is not be used to submit institutional Dell purchases.
Computer Software and Peripheral Purchasing Policy
The following policy and procedure will be used to order computer software and peripherals (including, but not limited to: desk top computers, notebook computers, printers, scanners, handheld PDAs, digital cameras, upgrade components, etc.)
All requests for ordering computer software and peripherals shall be placed through the Technology Support Center at 543-4357 so that an OT representative may review and approve the proposal configuration prior to the order being placed through Purchasing.
Electronic Mail services available at UCM is defined as all messages that are sent, received, stored, and forwarded in a digital form using the University's telecommunications infrastructure. The university provided and supported email system for faculty, staff and students is GoogleApps.
All users of electronic mail services at University of Central Missouri should understand the following:
To use resources wisely:
University of Central Missouri provides email services (sending, receiving, storing, and forwarding messages in a digital form using the university's network/telecommunications infrastructure) to faculty, staff, and students. The university considers communications sent to faculty, staff, and student email accounts to be official and hold exactly the same status and importance as paper documents. The university expects faculty, staff, and students to check their email accounts regularly for official communications.
Users of electronic mail at UCM are responsible for using the services in an appropriate manner; a user's access may be denied for inappropriate conduct. Inappropriate use of electronic mail access includes, but is not limited to, for-profit communication, unlawful or malicious activities, downloading pornographic files, sending chain letters, and misrepresentation of oneself or the university. The university's electronic communications system may not be used for individual or group mailings of a solicitous/persuasive religious, commercial, or political nature.
Personal email messages and other electronic communications are not private or privileged, and are subject to interception and scrutiny without obtaining either the sender's or the receiver's permission. Personnel, criminal and/or disciplinary action may be taken against any member of the university community based on the contents of an intercepted electronic communication, should it be found to be in violation of law or university policy, including the university's sexual harassment policy.
ANNOUNCEMENTS VIA EMAIL SYSTEMS
Guidelines for announcements on the student email system have been established and published as "Student E-mail and the You-CM System", located on the University Policy web site.
The following types of messages relating to university business and activities may be sent to all users of the faculty/staff email system:
The faculty/staff email system should not be used to send out personal advertisements or general announcements to the entire user community that does not meet the above criteria. If a user is unsure if his/her message meets the above criteria, he/she should consult the Vice President, Dean, University Director, Director, or Chair of his/her area before sending the message.
ALTERNATE COMMUNICATION CHANNELS
Helpful Contact Information
Ward Edwards 0800