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2016-2017 Catalog

Information Technology Services

Lafayette College's information technology services are delivered via a 10 Gigabit network backbone that serves the entire campus community. Devices can access the network over wired 1 Gigabit connections or via campus wireless. The college network is connected to the Internet as well as to high-speed research networks like Internet2.

Information Technology Services (ITS) manages and supports both Windows and Macintosh computers. Multiple Novell and Linux-based servers support a variety of applications, including email, personal file storage, and course management systems. Students and faculty have web access to academic and financial records, course registration, blogging platforms, and other services.

Assistance with technology is available 24/7 through the Lafayette College help desk. Support is available for hardware and software, including assistance with common desktop applications like MS Office. ITS maintains the technology installed in most classrooms and provides instruction, equipment, and support for the creation and presentation of multimedia projects.

Although most students bring a computer to campus, Lafayette does not require students to have their own. Productivity software and all course-related applications are available on computers in a number of public computing sites throughout campus, including a 24-hour lab. In additions, most academic departments have special-purpose computing labs available for student use.

Students can purchase personal computers through special pricing arrangements with Dell and Apple. Microsoft Windows and Mac OSX are the supported operating systems; Microsoft Office is the supported productivity suite. In late spring, newly accepted students are sent full details on recommended hardware and software configurations, along with procedures to prepare a system for connection to the Lafayette network.