Technology

Each student is responsible for the policies and regulations in both the catalog and the student handbook.

Electronic Devices in the Classroom

Cell phones, calculators, computers, iPods and other electronic media devices are not to be used in the classroom unless authorized by the professor. Cell phones should be stored away and silenced unless the student receives permission to leave the cell phone on. Calculators, computers, iPods and other electronic devices are to be used only as they relate to the class and never during examinations unless specifically allowed by the professor. If a student fails to comply with this policy, the professor may dismiss the student from the class or exam, marking the dismissal as an unexcused absence.

Internet

The Internet provides students with invaluable access to information. However, with such great potential for education also comes some potential for abuse. It is a general expectation that ORU computer resources are to be used in a responsible, efficient, ethical and legal manner in accordance with the mission of the University.

Email is for academic and personal use. This service is provided by the University as a privilege. No advertising or solicitation is allowed via email. No mass emails are acceptable. There will also be no campaigning of any type during the ORU Student Association executive officers elections or other forms of campaigning or email solicitation allowed.

Illegal use of files whether downloading, copying, playing or displaying of music, video, images, or documents is not permitted on ORU computers or on any computer connected to the ORU network.

Inappropriate behavior, whether conducted on the ORU network or any other server, including illegal file sharing and downloading, abusing or misusing email, spamming, viewing or posting inappropriate material or disabling the filter system may lead to penalties including the revocation of access, disciplinary action and/or legal action as determined by the Dean of Student Development. Students are responsible for their use of computers, and ORU and all related organizations are exempt from liability or damages that may result from the misuse of the networks and computer systems by students. In addition, students accept full responsibility and liability for the results of their actions.

The ORU computer network is available to all students for the following purposes:

  1. To access the University network, a computer must have wireless access or an Ethernet port that will allow connection to the ORU network. Cables may also be purchased from the University Store on the 3rd floor of the LRC.
  2. If you do not have your email information from the account that you set up during the registration process, you can log on to vision.oru.edu and click on “Personal Information” to create/update your email address. If you have problems with your account or password, you can call the Student IT Help Desk at 918.495.6321 or visit the Student IT Help Desk/ Academic Computer Lab (GC 2A01) where further assistance can be provided.
  3. The Information Technology Department (IT) does not work on students’ computers. Students are responsible for maintaining their own equipment. For computer-related questions, the Student IT Help Desk is available every day. Service desk hours vary; for more information call 918.495.6321 or email iservices@oru.edu.
  4. The ORU network uses a proxy service that is provided by an outside vendor to protect users from inappropriate sites on the Web. This service is updated frequently. Should a site be blocked inadvertently, students are encouraged to alert IT who can enable the site as appropriate.
  5. The ORU IT Department frequently updates their Web site with helpful campus technology information. This information can be located at it.oru.edu and selecting the student link.

Unacceptable Uses of the Network

  • Illegal use of files (whether downloading, copying, playing or displaying of music, video, images or documents) is not permitted on ORU computers or on any computer connected to the ORU network
  • Peer to peer file sharing of copyrighted material of any kind
  • Use of software that has not been legally purchased
  • Storing of copyrighted material on the University’s network storage devices is not allowed
  • Advertising or solicitation via email, mass emailing or campaigning via email of any type
  • Using proxy servers or other methods to work around the Guardian proxy that ORU has set up
  • Any form of server or router used to allow users to have access without authentication (Wireless Access Points or FTP servers)
  • Personal wireless access points/routers pose a security risk that could give unauthorized or malicious persons access to confidential ORU data. Because of these risks, Information Technology (IT) is restricting the use of wireless access points connected to the ORU network. Personal wireless access points/routers are not allowed anywhere on the ORU Network including residence halls or any other buildings connected to ORU’s network. Personal wireless access points interfere with the operation of the network and are in direct violation of the ORU Networks and Computer Systems Security Policy.
  • Any form of server or router used to allow users to have access without authentication (Wireless Access Points or FTP servers)
  • Viewing or posting of inappropriate material
  • Chat room behavior that violates the Honor Code.
  • Excessive Bandwidth utilization (gaming is permitted, providing it does not use an excessive amount of bandwidth)
  • Probing the unauthorized areas of the network (port scanners, etc.)
  • Intentional or unintentional infection by viruses