Welcome to Harding! Many Information Technology (IT) resources are available to your student. This guide was created to to give you an idea of the electronic resources that are available and how your son or daughter may use them.
Cable TV is provided in campus housing. A cable will be needed to connect the set to the jack. See the channel line-up.
The following information will help you select a computer that will most effectively use the dorm network (DormNet).
Suggestions for Buying a Computer
Windows or Macintosh?
Both Windows and Macintosh computers will meet basic word processing, spreadsheet, e-mail, and Internet needs. Both platforms are supported on DormNet. We suggest you check with the head of your academic department to see if they recommend one platform over the other.
Desktop or Laptop?
Students should examine their computing habits to determine whether a laptop or a desktop computer would best suit their needs.
Other Factors to Consider When Bringing a Computer to Harding:
The following information will help you select software that will be compatible with software in labs and other places on campus.
Service provided by Harding’s Student Support & Communications department that brings the Internet and the campus network directly to a student’s personal computer is called DormNet. Dorm residents have access to the Internet in their rooms through a wired connection. Wireless access is available in the West Apartments, the Village Apartments and the Legacy Apartments.
Student Support & Communications also operates the DormNet Help Desk. The DormNet Help Desk is open from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday. Contact them at 501-279-4545 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can follow their blog at dormnet.blogspot.com.
Contact Student Support & Communications' Help Desk at 501-279-4545, see them in the Administration Building room 205 or email them at email@example.com.
An account is created for each student at time of admission. It will be used to access all online information at Harding. The student must activate their account before using it. Please note that, due to federal privacy laws, this information can only be given to the student.
Your student can change their password by going to password.harding.edu. If the password is forgotten, your student can go to pipeline.harding.edu and click on "Forgot Password". If they are still having problems, your student can call the DormNet Help Desk at 501-279-4545. Please note that, due to federal privacy laws, this information can only be given to the student.
Your student will have a free email account within the 'harding.edu' domain. Their email address will be firstname.lastname@example.org where username is the Harding username they have been assigned.
Harding uses Google Apps for Education to host email and calendars. Your student can log into their e-mail through the Pipeline portal, or they can go directly to connect.harding.edu to log into their Harding email.
Harding's portal for students, faculty, and staff is at pipeline.harding.edu. It can be used to access personal Harding information - Financial Aid, grades, class schedules and much more.
Each student has 1 gigabyte of network storage with their account. This storage is available from any networked computer on campus, so they can save something on their "M: Drive" in their room and go to a public lab to print it out without using a jump drive, etc.
Wireless access is available in most buildings on campus, and is now available in all of the dormitories and on-campus apartments, including Legacy Apartments and Village Apartments. Most areas provide secured access and guest access. The secured access uses your Harding username and password to authenticate and will give access to your M: Drive. The guest access does not authenticate, but will allow you to use Internet resources.
Harding uses content filtering software to filter Internet access on campus. All web access on campus, whether through the campus network or the wireless guest network, is filtered. If you encounter a site that is blocked and you feel it should not be, there is a link on the page to request that a site be re-categorized. The request will be evaluated to determine whether to change the categorization.
Your student will be asked to register their computer before they will be able to access the Internet. This ensures that their computer has up-to-date anti-virus software installed and running and that their operating system is current and up-to-date.
Protecting Your Computer and Your Identity
In these days of internet scams, your student needs to protect their computer and their identity.
Harding has several policies and suggested practices to help keep your identity and your data secure.