Cedarville University is committed to providing its faculty, staff, and students with an integrated, broadly accessible information, voice, and video communications technology infrastructure so as to make information available to people who need it, when they need it, and where they need it. The information technology department exists to provide the computer-related resources necessary for fulfilling this institutional commitment to information delivery. In particular, the department strives to ensure a reliable network infrastructure, a dependable computing environment, essential help-desk services, and comprehensive information delivery.
The University provides over 2,100 computers (in classrooms, computer labs, offices, as print stations and as email check stations.) University computers are on a four-year replacement cycle.
Over 70 different software packages, including the Microsoft Office 2007/2010 suites, are available on CedarNet and accessible from any University computer. Students may purchase a personal copy of Microsoft Office 2010 from the University bookstore for about $90.
Cedarville University has an enterprise-level connection to the Internet currently running at 190 megabits per second. This means that students will usually experience excellent broadband performance.
The University uses industry-standard software to filter email spam. In addition, Cedarville subscribes to Internet filtering lists (which block gambling, pornography, and other objectionable websites). Students have the option to block Internet access from their room and/or account to help avoid temptation.
Students can access the Internet using their notebook computer, tablet and smartphone. Wireless connection in available in every building on campus, while outdoor connectivity is available on a large portion of the campus.
Approximately 2/3 of students bring a computer from home (notebook, desktop or tablet). We refer to these computers as SPCs or Self-Provided Computers.
Student technicians are available to help you register your SPC and set up wireless on your notebook, tablet or smartphone. The University provides low-cost repair services for students who are experiencing problems with their devices. Additional information is available on the SPC website.
Both Mac and PC computers are supported on campus. The choice is entirely up to you, and may be influenced by your chosen major. Cedarville computer classrooms and labs are primarily Windows-based, but there are four Mac classrooms available for music, journalism, and graphic design majors.
There are five open-access computer labs on campus in addition to the Library, providing about 200 systems for student use. Lab hours of operation range from 7 a.m.–11 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.–11 p.m. Saturdays, and 4 p.m.–11 p.m. Sundays.
Students are allocated a printing quota for black and white laser printing in the computer labs. Additional prints are available for a nominal charge via a CedarInfo transaction. Color laser printing is available in the Library for a small charge.
As part of the new cuMobile initiative, Cedarville University has negotiated discounted product and service pricing with AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon cellphone service providers. See the cuMobile web site for details.