How do I connect to the wireless network from my personal devices?

Simply connect to the Unity College Guest wireless network and follow the instructions for configuring your device to access the secure Unity College network.

What anti-virus software do you require or recommend?

Unity College provides Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection anti-virus software to students, faculty, and staff free of charge. Students using PCs on the campus network are required to use this anti-virus software to connect. Please see the student network setup page at https://snap.unity.edu for more information, and download links.

How do I access the CAMS Student Portal?

Use this link to access the CAMS Student Portal.
(This link is also available from the “Quick Picks” pages.)

Do you recommend computer specifications for first year students?

We strongly recommend a laptop computer with the following minimum specifications:

Windows / PC:

  • Windows 8
  • Intel Core i5 or Core i7 CPU (2+ GHz)
  • 4GB RAM or more
  • 128GB or larger hard drive
  • Wireless network ready
  • 4 year next business day warranty that includes accident coverage (for theft insurance, review your homeowners insurance policy coverage.)
  • Suitable carrying case

Apple / Mac:

  • MacBook Air or MacBook Pro
  • Intel Core i5 or Core i7 CPU (2+ GHz)
  • 4GB RAM or more
  • 128GB or larger hard drive
  • Wireless network ready
  • Apple Care extended warranty (for theft insurance, review your homeowners insurance policy coverage.)
  • Suitable carrying case

For the purchase of PC products and accessories, visit our GovConnection store at:  http://www.govconnection.com/unitycollege

For the purchase of Apple products and accessories, visit the Apple Higher Ed store at:  http://store.apple.com/us-hed

Do you have a laptop purchase program?

Unity College has a discount program with GovConnection, through which many devices and accessories are available for purchase.  Students should choose a laptop model that best fits their needs. Please see the recommended minimum specifications, listed above.

For the purchase of PC products and accessories, visit our GovConnection store at:  http://www.govconnection.com/unitycollege

For the purchae of Apple products and accessories, visit the Apple Higher Ed store at:  http://store.apple.com/us-hed

What services are available to students?

Please see the Student Services page.

Will you fix my computer?

Please see the Personal Hardware Devices section on the Policies page.

What is Canvas and how do I use it?

Canvas is our learning management system.  Your instructor may be using Canvas to distribute course materials like syllabi, readings, etc.  They may also ask you to participate using Canvas by way of submitting assignments, participating in discussions, taking quizzes, etc.  Your instructor will guide you through this as well as set expectations for using Canvas in each course.

Canvas augments our CAMS student information system and replaced the “My Courses” components of the CAMS portals for the Fall 2013 semester. The CAMS student portal still functions as the primary interface for course selection, registration, enrollment, official grades, etc. Speaking of grades, you should know that final grades available through Canvas are NOT official grades for your course. All official grades will remain recorded in the CAMS portal system.

Students can access the Canvas LMS via the Unity College website “quick links” area or directly, via this link. You will need to login using your UC username and password (the same that you would use for email.)

In addition to being incredibly powerful yet easy to use, Canvas includes useful free mobile applications that make our new learning management system available and functional wherever you are, at your convenience. From submitting assignments through responding to a discussion via video, audio, or text – right from your smart phone or tablet. Visit Apple iTunes or Google Play to download the app for your device.

For more information about Canvas, visit the student video orientation as well as the online Canvas help.

What is Google Apps for Education and how can I use it?

Google Apps for Education (GAE) is comprised of managed Google accounts for Google Drive / Docs, Sites, etc. This allows all students, faculty and staff managed access to Google services using your Unity account.

How to access your GAE managed account for the first time:

After changing your password, visit https://www.google.com/a/unity.edu and login with your Unity email address and password.  (This link is also located under the “Quick Picks” section on the Unity web page.)  If you find that you are unable to login to Google Apps, first try changing your password on the network in order to login to your Google Apps account.

For faculty and staff: Google Drive IS and IS NOT…

Google Drive (formerly Google Docs) IS a great tool for many classroom collaboration activities in which documents can be easily shared with students and/or instructors, allowing for concurrent document editing, etc.

Google Drive IS suitable for SOME inter and intra departmental document collaboration activities (see below.)

Google Drive IS NOT suitable for long term document storage or document archiving needs in which documents must survive beyond a particular staff or faculty member leaving College employment. At the same time, former employees will not have access to their documents after leaving the College unless they have downloaded a copy of the personal documents that they want to keep.

Google Drive IS NOT a suitable location for storing or collaborating on documents that you cannot afford to lose. Google Drive documents and sites are NOT backed up and are NOT generally recoverable. If you accidentally delete a document or site from your GAE account, it cannot be recovered by IT staff.

Google Drive IS NOT currently a suitable location for storing or collaborating on sensitive or confidential information that may be protected by FERPA, HIPAA, or other information security requirements. Additionally, per Google policy, this data may be stored outside of the United States.

Google uses a method of continuous product development in which minor interface changes happen every month. We’ll try to notify you ahead of time in the event of major / breaking changes, however please note that we will have no control over most of these changes.

What software is available on campus computers?

Please see the Software Availability page.

What software is recommended for student computers?

Please see the Software Availability page.

How can I download music and movies? Can I use peer-to-peer file sharing applications (like BitTorrent, LimeWire or Kazaa)?

The use of peer to peer file sharing applications is prohibited on the College network. Please refer to our policies for more information. Legal downloads are permitted, however.