Welcome to Harding! Many Information Technology (IT) resources are available to you. This guide was created to to give you an idea of the electronic resources that are available and how they may be useful to you.
Cable TV is provided in campus housing. You will need your own cable to connect your set to the jack. See channel line-up pdf.
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 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 will be created for you when you are admitted. You will use it to access all online information at Harding. It is your IT identity, so you should change the password regularly and not share it. You will be required to change your password at least once a year. You can find rules for good passwords here.
To use your account, you must activate it first. Go to pipeline.harding.edu and click on "Activate my Account" at the bottom of the page. Follow the instructions. Your username will be displayed after you have activated your account. If you encounter problems while activating your account, please call Student Support & Communications' Help Desk at 501-279-4545.
You can change your password by going to password.harding.edu. If you forget your password, you can go to pipeline.harding.edu and click on "Forgot Password". If you are still experiencing problems, please call the DormNet Help Desk at 501-279-4545.
With your account, you have a free email account within the 'harding.edu' domain. Your email address is firstname.lastname@example.org where username is the Harding username you have been assigned.
Harding uses Google Apps for Education to host email and calendars. You can log into your e-mail through the Pipeline portal, or you can go directly to connect.harding.edu and log in to your Harding e-mail.
Harding's portal for students, faculty, and staff is at pipeline.harding.edu. Use it to access your 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 you can save something on your "M: Drive" in your 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.
You will be asked to register your computer before you will be able to access the Internet. This ensures that your computer has up-to-date anti-virus software installed and running and that your operating system is current and up-to-date.
Protecting Your Computer and Your Identity
In these days of internet scams, you need to protect your computer and your identity.
Harding has several policies and suggested practices to help keep your identity and your data secure.