Does the campus provide wireless network coverage? If so, how much of the campus has wireless connectivity?
Most of Ferris’ main campus has wireless access, both indoor and outdoor. However, as with any wireless network, there are dead spots across campus. The only place that we do not provide wireless is in the residence halls. We do provide wireless in the residence hall lobbies, but not in the student rooms.
If students would like to have wireless in their rooms, they can purchase a wireless access point. We have wireless access points on sale at Student Technology Services (STS), along with other networking hardware and desktop software (Note: Routers are not allowed on campus and anyone with a router will be blocked from the Ferris network until it is renamed).
What security measures are provided by the institution’s IT department and what will be the student’s responsibility (for example, antivirus software)?
One of five Anti-virus programs is required on all computers using the Ferris network to connect to the internet. This is to protect the Ferris network and students from viruses and spyware. The Ferris network also has a hardware firewall for additional protection from outside threats.
Bradford is required on all computers connecting to the Ferris network. This is to prevent non-Ferris students, faculty or staff from accessing the Ferris network, and to provide protection from hackers and spammers connecting to the Ferris network.
Does the campus include the cost of technical accessories (for example, a technology-enabled note-taking pen that provides an interface to a CMS) in its technology fee, or are students required to purchase these items separately?
Ferris does not charge a technology fee. Therefore, any technology equipment needed for a class (such as Classroom Performance System clickers) is purchased separately.
Does the campus support the purchase and use of e-textbooks? Do the baseline hardware and software standards support this technology?
There are currently no policies regarding e-textbooks. Ferris does not restrict the use of e-textbooks, but there are some classes that may require a hard copy. There are several online companies that do provide e-textbooks and the baseline hardware and software standards recommended by Ferris will support e-textbooks after any software that may be required to download or listen to the e-textbooks is installed.
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