Technology fees and resources
M State provides both Local Area Network (LAN) and Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) connections throughout each of its four campuses. Through the LAN and WLAN connections, students can access campus printers, internet and network resources. LAN connections are available in almost every building, classroom, meeting room and commons area. To access the LAN, your computer needs a LAN adapter installed and configured properly and a LAN cable to connect your computer to the network. WLAN connections now cover approximately 95 percent of the each of the four campuses. To access the WLAN, M State faculty, staff and students will need to connect to SpartanWifi.
Guest Access - Campus visitors may request the use of a guest account and access Spartan WiFi. To obtain a guest account, contact the appropriate Campus Computer Help Center or Submit a Request.
VPN Connection - A VPN connection allows faculty and staff who are off campus to have direct access to M State resources without the need for client software: Resources include access to ISRS reports, MnSCU Hyperion/Brio and network folders. For more information on how to use VPN, contact your campus Computer Help Center.
Mobile devices provide users with a quick and easy way to access "live" sync technology for email, calendar items, address book and other internet resources. Mobile devices are not intended to replace required laptops for a laptop degree program.
Encouraging conservation and promoting responsible printing, M State has moved toward a more "green" environment with its Printer Management Plan.
At the start of each semester, a student's network account receives a printing balance of $12.50. This equates to about 250 sheets of free printing to the campus networked printers. These free balances are not carried over from semester to semester and cannot be transferred. Additional printing can be purchased at the printing kiosks on each campus. Printing costs are 5 cents per print for black & white and 10 cents per color print. NOTE: Additional printing that is purchased does carry over from semester to semester as long as the student is continuously enrolled. However there are no refunds issued for printing balances when a student leaves M State.
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Technology purchasing for faculty and staff includes but is not limited to software, laptops, desktops, printers, iPads, Kindles and scanners. For all your technology hardware and software needs, please submit a ticket.
M State uses Minnesota State contract vendors to ensure the best pricing available.
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Technology fee guidelines
Colleges and universities may establish a policy to charge a fee to students for the acquisition, upgrading and/or maintenance of technology for academic and student support activities that provide or enhance student access to technology. Academic and student support activities include but are not limited to technology infrastructure, computer labs, wireless networks, ongoing technology support and software licensing.
A technology fee advisory committee shall exist for each college or university. A majority of the committee members shall be students. The campus student association(s) shall appoint the student members of the technology fee advisory committee. Prior to making recommendations to the college chief information officer, the technology fee advisory committee will present the recommendations to the campus student association(s) for advice and recommendation. The campus student association(s) and the chief information officer shall jointly determine a schedule for the technology fee advisory committee to ensure that the plan and budget for the technology fee will be completed for action prior to the end of the spring semester. The college or university shall provide the necessary background materials in advance to the technology fee advisory committee
The chief information officer shall review any modifications to the recommendation with the campus student association(s) and the technology fee advisory committee prior to the implementation for that year.