New to Campus- Student
Acceptable Use Policy
The university encourages computer use by providing easily accessible computing resources to the university community. Whenever this type of service is provided, abuse can and does occur. The Responsible Use Policy is intended as a guideline for students in appropriate use of university computing resources. A general rule of thumb is to use common sense; the bottom line for our policies is respect for the work and privacy of other St. Thomas community members.
New students to the St. Thomas will receive information regarding their UST Username and ID number in the mail shortly after being accepted to the university. New students will need to setup their account through the Account Activation Process. This account allows students to login to their UST email, Blackboard, Murphy Online, campus computers, and other UST resources.
Public Computing Labs
St. Thomas students have access to a variety of computer labs on campus to complete coursework or for personal use and exploration. These computing labs have applications for word processing, spreadsheets, database management, statistics, electronic mail, and accessing the Internet. All lab Macs and PCs are equipped with the Microsoft Office Suite. Every lab computer has Internet Explorer, Safari or Firefox installed to browse the Web and the Outlook Web App (OWA) to access your email. Many labs are also equipped with course-specific software. Computer assistance is provided in the main labs. Public Computing labs are located in the following areas:
- The Information Commons, O’Shaughnessy–Frey Library, St. Paul
- The Information Commons, Keffer Library, Minneapolis
- O’Shaughnessy Science Hall, St. Paul
- McNeely Hall, St. Paul
- Koch Commons, St. Paul
- Summit Classroom Building, St. Paul
- Schulze Hall, Minneapolis
Residence Hall Labs & Off-Campus Student Services
Students living on campus may also use computing labs located in many of the residence halls and commuter students may use the computers and printer at Off-Campus Student Services in the Anderson Student Center (ASC 253) during office hours. Most labs offer both PC and Macintosh computers; specialized equipment is also available. You will find scanners and multimedia computers in both of the Information Commons. Many departments on campus also have discipline specific computing facilities for students enrolled in those courses.
The following labs are open to St. Thomas students who live in the Residence Halls. Priority is given to those students completing coursework. The Residence Hall Labs are located in:
- Koch 010
- Dowling 010
- Dowling 524
- Ireland 010
- JPII 003
- Cretin 109
- Grace 001
Phone Service in Residence Hall Rooms
St. Thomas provides a digital phone in all residence hall rooms (except Flynn and the CDC), so a favorite phone from home will not work on campus. Cell phones, however, do work in most buildings. Local phone service is provided free of charge. There is a per-minute charge for long distance service without the added fees and taxes that you get at home. St. Thomas also provides voicemail to all resident students.
Note: Modems do not work in residence hall rooms because residence halls are equipped with digital phone lines.
The university has firewalls and security tools in place to protect the campus network from attack and intrusion. These systems should not interfere with resident students being able to access servers and services located on or off campus. In order to maintain security and maximum availability of the network to community members, certain personally owned devices are prohibited on the university network. These devices include but are not limited to: wireless access points, switches, and routers. The university also expects that all community members who use network resources will comply with the Responsible Use Policy. Please visit our safe computing page for more information.
The university uses an Internet traffic management system to limit and prioritize traffic to and from the Internet. The purpose of the system is to allow the university to better guarantee access to its own web sites for students, faculty, and staff off campus, and to ensure access to the Internet for students, faculty and staff working from offices, labs, and classrooms. It is also intended to make sure that traffic of any one type, such as peer to peer traffic, does not so overburden the Internet link that nothing else works.
Printing @ UST
The university administration partnered with student leadership to implement a print management program on campus. The purpose of this program is to encourage responsible printing. Every student has an allotment for “free” printing and is charged a per-print fee over and above that allotment. For more information, read the student printing information page.
Your Email Account
Email is an official form of communication at the university and email accounts are automatically created for all students. IRT will notify students of critical security alerts through their UST email account. IRT provides support for Outlook Web Access and we expect that most students will use this resource. OWA allows you to check your email from anywhere in the world with access to a computer and internet access. Accessing email requires a UST Username.
Please make sure to check out our safe computing page for information for keeping your email account and personal computer safe.
Personal Storage Space
UST provides personal storage space for each student at the university, for more information visit the MyStorage page.
Buying a New Computer
If you are interested in purchasing a new computer or software check out the UST Tech Store. Apple and Dell as well as other vendors provide educational discounts on computers, printers, scanners and select software to the UST community. Buying a new computer FAQs.
In order to use your Game Console in the dorms, it will need to be registered on UST’s network. To register your game console, please review the Game Consoles PDF for instructions on how to find the MAC address for your game console on our Game Consoles Page. Then, fill out the form to request that IRT register your console with our system. Once your request has been received it may take up to 24 hours for your console to be registered on the network.
Personally Owned Wireless Printers
IRT does not recommend personal wireless printers in the dorms because they interfere with the dorm wireless network. We recommend purchasing a printer with a wired (USB) connection. Printers that are connected directly via USB will not need to be registered on UST’s network.
Roku Boxes, Internet TVs, BluRay Players and other Streaming Devices
Please note, at this time, Roku Boxes do not consistently work with UST’s network authentication system. For this reason, we do not recommend that you bring a Roku box to campus.
Because of the great diversity of products that now have wireless streaming capabilities, it is impossible for IRT to provide device-specific instructions for obtaining a MAC address from such devices. Please consult the user manual that came with your device. There may also be instructions on the manufacturer's website .