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Due to the increasing demand of the academic computer facilities, a general document detailing the policies for computer lab reservations has been outlined. The purpose of the computer lab reservation policy is to provide faculty, staff and students with equitable access to campus computing lab resources. Most computer labs are used as classrooms and they are available for open-access use when there are no classes in session.

  1. There are currently four Computing Services computer labs which can be used for classroom instruction on each campus. They are: D206, D207, D208, and D209 located in the Dreyfuss Building on the Florham Campus. The computer labs located on the Metropolitan Campus are: DH2163 and DH2164 in Dickinson Hall and UH Front Lab (UH22) and UH Back Lab (UH28) in University Hall. Also, there are three multimedia labs; two on the Florham campus and one on the Metropolitan campus. The multimedia labs for the Florham Campus are: D211-Animation Lab and ZEN110 – Graphic Design Lab) located in the Dreyfuss and ZEN Buildings. On the Metropolitan campus, the multimedia lab (MML) is located in Becton Hall Room 403. The multimedia labs are primarily used for courses offered by the FDU School of Arts. All labs used for classroom instruction and general use are equipped with a LaserJet printer and data projector. The Animation Lab is equipped with 3-D printers. All multimedia labs are equipped with ZOOM capability to support hybrid instruction.
  1. To reserve a computer lab, a faculty or staff member must submit a Lab Reservation Request, preferably prior to the start of a semester. This form must be submitted by the instructor who will be teaching the course or department personnel. For the duration of the course or event, a faculty or department personnel member must be physically present in the computer lab with the students or participants. The Computer Lab Reservation Request form is available online at:

forms.fdu.edu

This form must be filled out completely and accurately to prevent processing delays.

  1. Requests for the entire semester are processed on a first come first serve basis. These requests are processed by the Scheduling Officers in the Enrollment Services department.
  1. Requests for specific dates during the semester are processed on a first come first serve basis. These requests are processed by the Lab & Operations Manager in the Computing Services department. If all labs are occupied during the requested time, instructors will be asked to either choose a different date or time or plan to make arrangements with other instructors who have the lab reserved during that time. If an agreement cannot be reached between the instructors, the instructor requesting to use the lab should then approach the Dean of their department with the request.
  1. Confirmations will be emailed to the departments or individual instructors making the request. Requests made during the semester will be confirmed based on the preference selected by the requestor on the Lab Reservation Request Form. The processing time for all lab requests made during a semester is one week. Please keep this in mind when submitting your lab reservation requests. To ensure you receive your confirmation in time, submit your reservation one week or more prior to the day the lab is needed. For instructions on How to Reserve a Computer Lab, please see the article listed below.
  1. Any changes made to the original request in day, time, or location will be treated as a new request.
  1. The requestor is responsible for enforcing all lab rules during the time the lab is scheduled. If a student or faculty member is violating lab rules, the lab assistants have the right to approach the individual at that time. To prevent interruption during class time, we stress that the lab rules be adhered to by all occupants including faculty and staff.
  1. Faculty and staff who reserve the computer lab are responsible for notifying the Lab & Operations Manager if the course or the request has been cancelled. This will allow the Computing Services department to keep an updated and accurate schedule.
  1. If a scheduled class is absent for three consecutive weeks without prior notification, the lab reservation will be cancelled, and future reservations will be subject to further questioning before a confirmation is received.

If you have any questions regarding the lab reservation policy, please contact Lauren Elgin via email at: lauren@fdu.edu.

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How to Reserve a Computer Lab

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Reserving a Computer Lab for an Entire Semester

Lab reservation requests for the entire semester, (i.e. January through May or September through December) are processed by the Office of Enrollment Services. To make a lab reservation request for the Summer, Winter, Fall, or Spring semesters, please contact the Scheduling Officers in Enrollment Services for the Florham and Metropolitan campuses. The phone and fax numbers are listed below:

Florham Campus
Ph. (973)-443-8600
Fx. (973)-443- 8604

Metropolitan Campus
Ph. (201)-692-2217 / 2517
Fx. (201)-692-2209

Reserving a Computer Lab for Specific Dates within a Semester

Lab reservation requests for specific dates within a semester, (i.e. 2/1/, 3/25, 4/21) are processed by the Computing Services department. To make a lab reservation request for dates within a semester for the Florham and Metropolitan campuses, go to: forms.fdu.edu. Scroll down and click “Computing Services Lab Reservation Request“. Fill in all of the fields below pertaining to the course or event you would like to schedule. If the event does not have a course number, simply type 0000 in the course number field. All fields must be filled in before submitting the request. If the request is made during the semester, you will receive a confirmation within 3-5 business days of your request via the method selected when making the request. If the request is made prior to a new semester, your request will be confirmed once all “Entire Semester” courses have been processed by Enrollment Services. Processing times for lab reservations should be taken into consideration when making requests. Please submit one request per course or event. If you have questions regarding the Computing Services computer labs, the Computer Lab Reservation policy, or the status of your lab reservation, the phone, fax number, and email address for inquiries are listed below:

Florham Campus
Ph. (973)-443-8689
Fx. (973)-443-8886

Metropolitan Campus
Ph. (201)-692-7111
Fx. (201)-692-7158

Email: lauren@fdu.edu

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A shared mailbox makes it easy for a group of people to read and send emails from one public email address like info@fdu.edu. When a person in the group replies to a message sent to the shared mailbox, the email appears to be from the shared address, not from the individual user. Shared mailboxes can also be used to provide a shared calendar, allowing multiple users to schedule and view calendar tasks.

Request Access to an FDU Shared Mailbox

Users can request a new shared mailbox by completing and submitting the “Distribution Group/Shared Mailbox Request” form found below. Users needing access to a specific FDU shared mailbox account may request access by reaching out to the owner of the shared mailbox. The owner of the shared mailbox will open a support case with FDU UTAC to fulfill this request.

Add a Shared Mailbox to Outlook

Windows
  1. The shared mailbox should automatically display in your folder pane on the left-hand side of your Outlook application within 24 hours of its creation. Closing and restarting the Outlook application maybe necessary if you do not see it after 24 hours

Note

Before you can use a shared mailbox, the Microsoft 365 admin for the university has to add you as a member.

If you cannot open a shared mailbox, please open a service request with UTAC by calling 973-443-8822 or clicking the “Support” button on top of this webpage.

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macOS
  1. Select Tools from the Outlook menu bar at the top of the screen, then choose Accounts
  1. Select the Advanced… tab
  1. Select the Delegates tab
  1. Click the + button, located under Open these additional mailboxes:
  1. Type or select your correct shared mailbox, and then select Add
  1. Select the OK tab
  1. You should now see your shared mailbox listed on the left-hand side of your Outlook email application window

Note

This is a one-time process only. You do not need to follow the above steps to add this to Outlook on your macOS device again.

If you cannot open a shared mailbox, please open a service request with UTAC by calling 973-443-8822 or clicking the “Support” button on top of this webpage.

New Outlook version on macOS

Some macOS users may take advantage of the “New Outlook” version of the Outlook application. You can identify which Outlook version you are using by locating the “New Outlook” slider tab button on the top right of the application.

  1. Select Tools from the Outlook menu at the top of the screen, then choose Accounts
  1. Select the Delegation and Sharing tab
  1. Choose the Shared With Me tab and then select the + button
  1. Begin to type the shared mailbox name or its email address, choose the correct shared mailbox before selecting Add, and finally Done when finished
  1. You should now see your shared mailbox, located on the left-hand side of your Outlook application window

Note

This is a one-time process only. You do not need to follow the above steps to add this to Outlook on your macOS device again.

If you cannot open a shared mailbox, please open a service request with UTAC by calling 973-443-8822 or clicking the “Support” button on top of this webpage.

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office365.fdu.edu / Outlook Web App
  1. Navigate to the FDU Office 365 Portal webpage
  1. Select the Outlook web app icon, located on the left-hand side of your display
  1. Right-click on the Folders option located on the left side of the menu; a small drop-down menu should display. Select Add shared folder
  1. Begin typing the email address for the shared mailbox, auto-populated suggestions will be displayed. Select the correct shared mailbox address and click Add
  1. You should now see the added shared mailbox located on left side of your Outlook web email window

Note

This was a one-time process. You do not need to follow the above steps to add this to your account again. You will automatically see the shared mailbox when you sign in to your account next time.

If you cannot open a shared mailbox, please open a service request with UTAC by calling 973-443-8822 or clicking the “Support” button on top of this webpage.

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Android and iOS
  1. Sign in to your primary FDU email account in the Microsoft Outlook for Android or iOS app
  2. Tap the Add Account button in the left navigation pane, then tap Add Shared Mailbox
  1. Enter the name of the shared mailbox and tap Add Shared Mailbox when finished

Note

If you have multiple accounts in Outlook Mobile, select the account that has permissions to access the shared mailbox.

  1. After the account setup process completes, the shared mailbox will display in your account list within the Outlook for Android or iOS app

Tip

To remove a shared mailbox, go to Settings > Accounts. Then tap on the shared mailbox and select Delete Account.

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Send Email from a Shared Mailbox

Windows / macOS
  1. Open Outlook
  2. Choose New Email to start a new message
  3. If you don’t see the From field at the top of your message, choose Options, and select the From tab
  1. Click From in the message, and change to the shared email address

Note

If you don’t see your shared email address displayed, choose “Other email address…” Enter the full email address for the shared mailbox in the blank or search for the email address by clicking “From” tab. Click “OK” when finished.

  1. Finish typing your message and then choose Send

Note

From now on when you want to send a message from your shared mailbox, the address will be available in your “From” drop down list.

Whenever you send a message from your shared mailbox, your recipients will only see the shared email address in the message.

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office365.fdu.edu / Outlook Web App
  1. Choose New Message
  2. Choose From and change to the desired shared email address

Note

If you don’t see your shared email address displayed, choose “Other email address…” Enter the full email address for the shared mailbox, then select the appropriate shared email address from the auto populated list when finished.

  1. Finish typing your message and then choose Send
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Software Compliance & Distribution Policy

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In accordance with FDU’s Acceptable Use Policy for Computer Usage, no employee shall copy or distribute software that violates copyright laws. All employees shall be aware that software and the accompanying documentation is generally owned by the manufacturer and the license only grants the user the right to use the software. Unlicensed software installations, also known as software piracy, are unacceptable at FDU.

The primary user of each computer shall take responsibility of keeping records of licenses for which software is installed. The University’s Computing Services Department shall also track licenses for software installed by the Computing Services Department though the purchase of high volume or site licenses. Users are advised that the software installed on University-owned computers may be audited internally (by the University) or externally (by software manufacturers or other anti-piracy software firms) at any time. Software found not to be in compliance with copyright laws will be removed and replaced with a licensed copy.

Computing Services will provide certain software that is commonly used by the majority of the University’s employees, including but not limited to word processing, spreadsheet, and anti-virus software. Some software manufacturers allow for non-concurrent use of a license on an office computer and an employee’s home computer. Computing Services will not provide non-concurrent licenses at off premise sites due to the inability to track these licenses.

In order to provide the best possible service and support, and to reduce the cost of software site licenses, Computing Services, in conjunction with the Center for Learning and Teaching with Technology, has standardized on Microsoft Office Professional and Symantec Endpoint Protection.

Popular Software Titles and Guidelines for Faculty and Staff to Obtain:

  • Microsoft Office for Windows or Macintosh: Available through standard deployment of leased or owned equipment or by request for any University-owned PC or Mac.
  • Microsoft Visual Studio: Installed in Labs. Available by request for staff and faculty machines.
  • Adobe Acrobat: Available by request for staff and faculty machines.
  • SAS: Installed in Labs. Available by request for staff, faculty and student machines.
  • SPSS (Base): Installed in Labs. Available by request for staff and faculty machines.
  • SPSS Advanced Modules: Available by request for staff and faculty machines.
  • Adobe Products: Faculty and staff may purchase Adobe products at level three pricing with the University’s CLP Membership No. 4400062846.
  • Symantec Endpoint Protection: Available through standard deployment of leased or owned equipment or by request for any University-owned PC or Mac.
  • Other products: Faculty and staff may obtain pricing and submit orders to Purchasing. If assistance is needed, contact Computing Services.

Software Quality Assurance and Compliance Policy for Network Server & Lab Installations

It is no longer possible for individuals to install software on staff or faculty desktops or lab computers. Laptops or Macintosh users have administrative rights and individuals can install additional licensed software to laptops.

Instructors wishing to have a software application installed in a lab for use by 20 or more people simultaneously must provide Computing Services the original installation media, installation guide, and the appropriate proof of license. Note that the licenses for some software may limit our ability to install it on the network. These materials must be provided a minimum of sixty days before the software is needed. Because it is impossible to predict how the software will interact with our network and other software already installed, we cannot guarantee that a program will work on our system.

For programs that will be used by less than 20 people, the instructor may install the application on up to 5 machines in a lab not normally used for classroom instruction, plus an “instructor’s machine” in one of the teaching labs. If fewer licenses are owned, then only that many licenses may be installed. The instructor will be told which machines to install the program on and will be given a password which can be used to disable the security on the machine for the duration of the installation procedure. Software installed in this way will only be available on those designated machines. Computing Services will make a reasonable attempt to keep these designated systems functioning with the additional software, but in the event that the machine needs to have it’s base configuration and software restored from backup, the instructor will be contacted and will need to reinstall the application.

In all cases, software must be owned or licensed by the University, even if the application is only to be used for demonstration purposes. No software owned by an individual will be installed on the systems.

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Software Request Guidelines for University Computers and Computer Labs

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Departments wishing to obtain software, whether it is for use by the department or to be installed in the FDU computer labs and/or FDU Anywhere, should plan appropriately to provide adequate time to acquire the software and make it available to users.

The following steps should be used as a guide when planning to obtain software for instructional or business use:

  1. Selection of product
  2. Creation of Purchase Order (PO) and approval by department/dean/chair
  3. Technology review and approval by OIRT
  4. New vendor processing, if necessary
  5. Contract review

Tip

Plan a minimum of 3 weeks for a contract review before a PO can be processed. See contract review requirements and order process by visiting the link at the bottom of the page.

  1. Software purchase and delivery to FDU
  2. Software preparation. Plan up to 60 days to allow for items such as:
    • Creating configurations for FDU’s needs and environment
    • Setting up license servers or other required systems
    • Integration with other systems (e.g., Single Sign On)
    • Testing mass deployment (if for the computer labs)
    • Integration with FDU Anywhere (if needed) assuming the software is licensed and approved for VDI enviroment
  3. Testing and confirmation of proper functionality by the requestor (instructor)
  4. Final installation on computers

Note

Even if the software has no cost to FDU, per the Office of the General Counsel and the Contract Review Policy, if the software requires you to agree to terms and conditions, it’s an agreement that must be reviewed

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