Technology & Access

If you don’t normally work remotely, there are a few things you should consider when it becomes necessary to work off-campus.

Here are some of the essential questions to consider:

  • Do you have sufficient computer hardware to complete your normal and necessary work tasks? If not, contact IT support to discuss options and security.
  • Can you access the internet with sufficient bandwidth off campus? If not, consider an alternative location for working remotely.
  • Can you access all essential programs, such as your email, D2L Brightspace, Office 365 programs, Teams and ISRS?
  • Can you connect to servers and services that you need?
  • Do you have a webcam, headset, and microphone to participate in Zoom meetings?
  • Do you have a surge proctor that you can place between the electrical outlet and any computer to protect the equipment from faulty electrical fluctuations?

If you have any technology or connection issues that may prevent you from working remotely, check with IT services for support.

Equipment & Connections

If you have a WSU-managed laptop, you can do most of your job with just normal internet connection.

Access to Office 365, D2L Brightspace, Zoom, Teams, and OneDrive are all available by simply logging into your computer and connecting to the internet.

You can also access your files on your local computer.

Some items, like ISRS access, require a more secure connection. If you need access to your department S: drive or ISRS, you will need to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) or remote access.

If you do not need to use VPN, please don’t. This will free up access for people who do need it.

Learn about the Virtual Private Network for employees

To help staff work remotely, we are temporarily adjusting our policies around assigned devices.

IT Services is working to ensure that staff have the equipment they need to work from home. If you need a laptop or different equipment, work with your supervisor and IT to meet your needs.

Communicate with your supervisor if you need to take any other office equipment home. Be sure to check it back in with your supervisor when you return.

The university has several tools for communication and collaboration, all of which can be used anywhere you have an internet connection.

  • Microsoft Office 365: Access email, store and share files, communicate with your coworkers or students, schedule meetings, track your to-do lists and more
  • Microsoft Teams: Use Teams for group collaboration and as a hub for project communication
  • Zoom: Use Zoom for audio and web conferencing to host your team meetings in real time

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