Limit Your Risk-Computer Virus
Computer Viruses...how to limit your risk
We have been exceptionally fortunate on campus in this area and we would like to keep it that way. General guidelines that can reduce your risk are:
1. Be leery of any attachment, especially those ending with a '.vbs' extension.
2. Store your important files using the network file space. These network systems are backed up each day and thus can be restored in the case of a problem.
3. Keep your virus software on home computers up to date.
If you detect a virus on your computer, or any campus computer, e-mail the Albion College HelpDesk immediately at
or call 629-0479.
Online and On-Campus Resources
We offer resources to help you improve your technology skills:
Watch this space for training opportunities.
It's what we do! Instructional Technology assists students, faculty and staff with academic projects and software training. We can meet one on one with you to help you get that project going, or to show you how to use supported software, enhanced classrooms and other hardware. We will also conduct special training workshops on request for groups/classes. Just fill out the
Personal Training Session Form
for an appointment.
As promised, here is a link to some Office 2010 training resources provided by Microsoft:
Also don't forget to check outAtomic Learning - online training tutorials. Contact Instructional Technology at
if you do not remember how to log in.
About Information Technology
Service the Albion College Community by maintaining the core College functions with wise stewardship to allow for innovation.
Information Technology staff is divided into three areas: Information Services, Instructional Technology & Media Services and Systems & Networking and User Services (helpdesk)
Information Serices (517-629-0960)
- The Information Services area - manages the College's administrative software, SCT Banner, which includes:
- Student academic information,
- Financial aid
- Human Resources
- Institutional Advancement
Instructional Technology & Media Services - Director Robin Brubaker 517-629-0962
- The Instructional Technology and Media Services department provides support for faculty, staff and students in their use of technology to enhance teaching, learning. research and presentation including:
- Effective use of technology for classroom activities and presentations in group and one-on-one settings
- Technology and audio visual consulting
- Instructional design and development support
- Technology training for individuals and groups
- Course webs
- Campus blogs
- Classroom and conference room presentation systems
- Printing services
Systems & Networking and User Services - Director Eric Beadle 517- 629-0479
- The Systems and Networking department maintains the campus’s fiber optic network and high-speed internet access including:
- Wireless internet service
- Cell and landline phones
- Houses and maintains most of the campus’s servers. These servers provide network accounts that allow faculty, staff, and student’s access to email, file and web page storage, and other technology resources.
- Authorizations for building access
- Software loads for all campus computers
The User Services area (Helpdesk 629-0479) provides technical support for all campus users, alumni, and guests including:
- New user information
- Password and log in help
- General hardware and software support for college-owned computers
- Basic troubleshooting support for student computers
- Albion 1Card support
- Signout equipment
- Staff and faculty telephone support
- Service of all the campus computers and network printers
File Sharing and Legal Music Download Sites
Protect Yourself - Download Music From Legal Sites!
You may be making audio and video files available on your computer for uploading over the Internet without your knowledge through functionality built into file-sharing software on your computer.
To protect our campus community we urge you to cease all peer to peer sharing of files, to remove these files from your computer, defragment your computer and uninstall any peer to peer applications immediately.
Legal download sites information:
2014-2015 Copyright Communication to Campus
What you should know about sharing files online:
Many members of the Albion College community have questions about their rights and responsibilities with respect to use of copyrighted material, particularly the sharing of music and movies in digital format over the Internet. Recent legal actions by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) against violators of music copyright have made it imperative that everyone understand the risks of their behavior when sharing music and movies with others.
Federal Copyright Information
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material regardless of the format of that material. Copyright law is complicated and its interpretation is sometimes controversial.
Peer to Peer Programs (P2P)
Spurred on by the widespread use of the Internet, P2P programs have been developed to allow people to share information in digital formats. In particular, programs like BitTorrent, KaZaA, Gnutella, Morpheus, Limewire, AudioGalaxy and others are commonly used to share music and movies without regard to the restrictions placed on that material by the copyright owners. Most commercially produced music and movies are copyrighted and cannot be freely shared. This is the law.
Albion does not examine the information content that is being transmitted (e.g. the music itself) but does monitor the type of information (e.g., that is an MP3 file) in order for us to give priority to academic uses of our network. Members of our community must follow college-defined policies for appropriate use of technology resources.
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)
The DMCA specifies procedures that Albion College, as your Internet Service Provider, must follow when notified that an individual is using our network and violating copyright laws. If the copyright holder contacts Albion about a violation we will stop network access for the individual, notify him/her of the notice we have received, and require removal of the offending material from his/her computer. The individual has the right to claim that the material is not protected by copyright and then a legal process begins. To date, every notice we have received has resulted in the offending material being removed.
The details about the DMCA procedures can be found at the library copyright web site.
Recently, the RIAA has taken further action to subpoena the names of people who are sharing large amounts of music. If Albion receives a subpoena, we may be required to provide the name of the violator who is using our network. These subpoenas can lead to lawsuits, substantial financial penalties and perhaps jail time. In the spring of 2003, for example, four students at other colleges settled copyright claims against them out-of-court for approximately $15,000 each. The repercussions for illegally sharing copyrighted material over the Internet are serious.
Some people have argued that the recording industry has been overcharging for music CDs and that music sharing is justified. Others feel that the recording industry has been too slow to adopt legal ways for music to be distributed over the Internet at lower cost. Regardless, most music and movie-sharing violates the law that we are bound to uphold. If you distribute copyrighted music and videos you are putting yourself at risk of losing computing privileges, being charged by the Albion College judicial board, and facing prosecution under civil and criminal laws.