How Do I...

... Transition My Accounts As I'm Leaving Vassar?

Although it is our goal to make your transition as easy as we are able, it is important we conduct business legally and protect the interests of the college.

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... Find Help With Google Calendar?

Users can access Google Calendar by logging in to and logging in with full email address and password.  Training and self-help is available.

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... Contact the Service Desk?

Computing and Information Services has a service desk located in the College Center.  Regular hours are:

8:30 AM - 5 PM

If you need help, you can send an email to or call x7224 and we will make sure that the appropriate person on our staff comes to your aid.

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... Get One-on-One Training?

One-on-One Training
If you need training with any of the software and hardware that's commonly available on campus or if you would like guidance using your new mobile device or increasing the efficiency of your workflow, you can contact Chad at extension 7545 or to schedule an appointment.

Group Training
If you need to set up training for your entire department or any group of people contact Chad at extension 7545 or to set up a time and location.  It can be done in your building or he can reserve a room someplace on campus, depending on your individual needs.

Self-Paced Training

Free to Vassar students, faculty, and staff, the learning library is filled with self-paced training videos in a wide variety of software and technology topics.  Learn more about Lynda at Vassar.

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... Get a New ID Card?

To obtain or replace your Vassar ID card, visit the Card Office, located next to the CIS Help Desk in the Computing Center.  You may also contact the Card Office at 845-451-3333 (x3333 from a campus phone), via email at, or visit their site at

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... Add Funds to My VCash?

You can add funds online with a credit or debit card, or in person at the card office, located in the College Center inside the Service Desk office.  At the card office, the only method for adding funds is via "Charge Home".

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... Print to the VPrint Printers?

For printing within your department, simply utilize your department's printers.  If for some reason you need to print elsewhere on campus, simply print to the Vassar print queue and swipe your ID card at any VPrint printer.

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... Share Large Files?

Instead of emailing large attachments, members of the Vassar community can take full advantage of Google Drive with unlimited space!

Visit our Web Service Desk to find out more or submit a request. (click G+ to login with your Google Apps user name and password).

... Post a Website?

Computing and Information Services provides a personal web space for every Vassar faculty member, administrator, and staff member. Visit the GetWeb page to get started.

If you do not yet have a web account, GetWeb will create an account for you. If you already have an account, you can use GetWeb to change your web password.

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... Connect to the Wireless Network?

Wireless encryption provides a high level of assurance that only authorized users can access the network.   This will allow us to ensure the security of our data as we use the wireless network on campus.  We are phasing out the un-encrypted wireless SSIDs and encourage you to start using the new secure SSIDs right away. 

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... Buy Hardware or Software on Campus?

Vassar's Computer Store carries an array of software, peripherals, electronics, and accessories.  The Store is located in College Center, opposite the Kiosk.

Fax: 845-437-7251

Hours: Mon - Fri, 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

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... Get My Computer Repaired?

Vassar's Computer Store employs a computer technician who can repair your Mac, including service covered by AppleCare plans.  Some PC repairs can be done here on campus for a fee.  Macs not covered by warranty and PC* repair fees will be charged to your department.

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* If you are having a hardware issue and you have a PC, please contact your vendor or another authorized computer repair shop.

... Change My Password?

You may reset your password yourself by visiting Control Panel and filling in the appropriate information.  This service will reset passwords for the following accounts:

  • Email
  • Blackboard
  • Domain
  • Citrix
  • VSpace

If you do not know your previous login name or password, or you require a password reset for a service not mentioned here, please contact the Service Desk at or extension 7224.

Click here to go to Control Panel.

... Get the Latest Anti-Virus Software?

We have anti-virus software available for both Mac OS and Windows computers. 

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... Participate in Faculty Focus?

The Academic Computing Services division of CIS spotlights faculty who utilize information technology in their research, courses, and other projects.  Contact your ACS consultant to participate in the Faculty Focus program, and share your innovation with your peers.

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... Get an Email Account for Myself or a Family Member?

To have a new email account created for yourself or a family member, please contact the Help Desk at extension 7224 or via email at

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... Get Service for My Department Printer?

If you're not certain what's causing your printing issue, please contact the Help Desk at extension 7224 or  If you're certain that your printing issue is hardware-related (for example, printouts are smeared, a paper tray is broken, or paper is jammed in the device), contact our printer service technicians directly.  For Canon imageRunner service, contact AVP at (845) 878-4240.   For all other printers, contact netEffx at (845) 454-2027.

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... Borrow a Laptop or iPad?

CIS maintains a small laptop and iPad loaner pool for short-term loan to faculty for special use.   Loans are made on a first-come-first-serve basis and subject to availability.  Demand during academic breaks can be quite high and therefore reservations should be made well in advance.  Requests for longer periods (such as summer travel or sabbatical leave) should be made in advance to the Associate Dean of the Faculty for approval.

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... Access my Desktop Computer From Off-Campus?

To access your desktop remotely, you'll need to use a third-party remote access program once you've connected to the Vassar network through VPN.  A VPN enables connectivity to the Vassar College network, securely, from a remote location.  VPN enable file sharing, server uploads and similar network services.  In short, VPN will be used to support remote, protected access to the resources typically only available on campus.

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... Arrange for A/V Equipment or Technicians?

Media Resources is located on the first floor of Main building, next to the Copy Center, where we offer a variety of Audio/Visual equipment and support for classroom instruction and special events.

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... Previewing a Technology-Equipped Classroom?

Media Resources maintains and manages several special spaces on campus that offer more advanced features such as film and video editing and classrooms that are enhanced with technology.  For a list of which classrooms are equipped with which technologies, including QuickTime Virtual Tours, click here for more information.

...Apply For A Discount on My Cellular Plan?

Information on discounts can be found on the Purchasing Departments web site at:

Currently, AT&T and Verizon Wireless provide discounts to Vassar College employees.  AT&T offers a 20% discount, and Verizon Wireless provides a 19% discount.  The best way to receive these discounts is to go to a Verizon or AT&T store and present your Vassar College ID to a sales representative in person.  Please check the Purchasing web site for the latest information on discounts as these can change at any time.

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...Know If I Am Entitled To A Cell Phone Allowance?

Cell phone allowances are provided when there is a legitimate business requirement for such a device. Each request is evaluated on a case by case basis by both the supervisor and Senior Officer.

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...Learn More About Vassar's Employee Cell Phone Policy?

Vassar College no longer owns cellular telephones or PDAs, or contracts with cellular providers for monthly service for cellular phones or PDAs (except in a very few cases, as described below). Our current cell phone policy is under development.

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... Back-Up My Computer?

Experienced computer users know that there are two types of people: those who have already lost data and those who are going to experience the pain of losing data in the future.  Employees of the college can download and install Crash Plan for the Vassar-owned computer.

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