2018 Faculty/Staff Back-to-School TechNote

We are excited for the start of another school year and trust that you are as well! Here are some technology updates you may find helpful in your back-to-school preparation.


OneDrive for Business

OneDrive for Business provides a huge Internet-hosted storage location that is secure and reliable. It is accessible from any of your devices, on or off-campus, and documents/worksheets can also be shared with others for group collaboration. SPU users get 1 TB (terabyte) of storage space. OneDrive for Business is tied to your SPU Office 365 account and uses your SPU credentials (username and password).

CIS can assist you in moving your MyDocs folder to OneDrive for Business. This will put all of your documents and content in the cloud and more easily accessible from on- or off-campus and from any device. Please contact the CIS HelpDesk at help@spu.edu if you are interested in migrating your MyDocs.

Zoom Video Conferencing

The Zoom Video and Web Conferencing platform allows for a variety of online meetings for individuals or groups including webinars, virtual classrooms, and web conferences.

Faculty interested in using Zoom for a class should contact Educational Technology & Media (etmhelp@spu.edu) to learn how to integrate this tool into your course. More information on using Zoom for instructional use is here.

Faculty & Staff who want to use Zoom will need to request an account through Banner. More information is here.

Personal Printing on Departmental MFP's

SPU provides a campus-wide copier/printer program for departments consisting of MFP's (multi-function printers) in all buildings. You can also use the MFP's for personal printing and pay with your SPU ID Card.

  • Add Falcon Funds to your SPU Falcon Card. Go to: http://spu.edu/depts/card-services/

  • Select the option to "Charge to My Personal Account."

  • Document scanning is free and does not require print credit.

  • Instructions are posted at each MFP as well as on the CIS website at: MFP Functions.

Phishing Scams and Other Warnings

Phishing email messages are scams attempting to steal your username and password. PLEASE DO NOT reply to these messages or follow web links where you must confirm or enter your username and password. While many of these messages get filtered out of your INBOX some may get through. SPU will NEVER ask you to send or verify your login credentials or other personal/confidential information via email. Your account credentials should not be shared with anyone!

If you have questions about the legitimacy of a message, please forward it to help@spu.edu and we can assist. See CyberSecurity Awareness #1: Phishing for additional information

Update Your Emergency Contacts and SPU-Alert Information

The beginning of the school year is a great time to review and update these items. Log into the Banner Information System go to the Personal Menu, and update your information on the Emergency Alert System, and also your Emergency Contact Information -- especially if you have a new cell phone number or you've changed email accounts.

CIS HelpDesk Support and Hours

Need help with Banner or logging in to Canvas? Think your computer might have a virus or is running very slowly? We're here to help! Stop by the CIS HelpDesk in Lower Marston Hall and we can help with your technical concerns.

Beginning Monday, September 24th, and continuing through the rest of the academic year, the CIS HelpDesk will offer extended support hours (evenings and Saturdays).

Office Hours 
Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Extended Hours
(Telephone, email and classroom support, office visits by appointment)
Monday - Thursday 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 
Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

SPU will NEVER ask you to send your login credentials or other personal/confidential information via email. Your account credentials should not be shared with anyone.