How to Work Remotely

What's already available to you

All faculty, staff, and students can login to email, Canvas, Murphy Online, OneDrive, SharePoint, Teams, Office 365, and more by going to the Apps and Tools menu of OneStThomas. This does not require the VPN and is available from any web browser. 

Get Started

Get started with our Remote Work Resources list for a comprehensive guide to services available to you from anywhere. 


Global Protect VPN

Faculty and staff have the additional option to access university systems and their workstation computer remotely by using our Virtual Private Network (VPN) called GlobalProtect. The VPN creates a secure, encrypted connection between your computer and the St. Thomas network.

What can I access?

When you are off campus, you can login to the VPN to connect to the following resources:

  • On-campus systems such as Banner, Cognos, and Optix
  • Remotely access your Windows PC computer on campus (use the Remote Desktop Connection app in conjunction with the VPN) Note: at this time ITS does not support the ability to remotely access on-campus mac devices. 
  • Connect to the St. Thomas network

Note: Remotely accessing a Mac computer is not possible at this time.

Minimum Requirements

  • User must be Faculty or Staff
  • Permissions to use the VPN
  • Operating System patches up-to date
  • An active high speed Internet connection
  • Active and up-to date Anti-Virus software on the local computer
  • Both computers must be turned on (RDC Only)
  • Permission to access the remote computer must be in place on the St. Thomas computer (RDC Only)

First Time Installation 

  1. Permissions: In order to use VPN, you must have the correct permissions to do so, you can request these permissions by filling out the form located below. Note: All faculty and staff received permission to use the VPN in March 2020 due to the pandemic situation.
  2. Software and Instructions: Download and install the appropriate version from the list below. Instructions for connecting and disconnecting included.
    1. Windows 32/64 bit
    2. Mac 32/64 bit
    3. iOS
    4. Android
    5. Linux

  3. Multi-Factor Authentication: When you login and access the VPN, you will be prompted to verify your identity with one of your multi-factor authentication methods

  4. Remote Desktop Connection: If you are remoting into your workstation PC computer from off-campus, you will also need to setup and use the Remote Desktop Connection software app.