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Central Penn Information Technology Department

The mission of the Central Penn I.T. Department is to stay current with technology trends and make utilization of technology easier for students, faculty, and staff through advising, teaching, automation, and troubleshooting.

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I.T. Policy

Central Penn College Information Technology (I.T.) Policy

Approved by Technology Steering Committee, July 20, 2011

The vision of Central Penn College includes a call to embrace "today's technology." This policy exists to further that vision and ensure all members of the Central Penn community have the information technology tools, training, and support they need to be successful.

Section 1: The Technology Partnership

The successful implementation and use of information technology requires a partnership and ongoing dialogue between students, faculty, staff, and the I.T. Department. In addition to I.T. topics, all stakeholder groups must communicate major non-I.T. initiatives to the I.T. department so it can adjust policies, procedures, personnel, system capacity, and configuration accordingly.

1.1 Students

I.T. needs, challenges, and ideas, affecting a large number of students should be communicated through the Student Government Association. The I.T. Director will attend Student Government Association meetings upon request. Individual problems and questions should be submitted to the appropriate help desk as published.

1.2 Faculty

High-impact faculty needs, challenges, and ideas should be communicated through the Faculty Senate or Academic Council. The I.T. Director will attend Faculty Senate and Academic Council meetings upon request. Low-impact faculty needs should be communicated directly through meetings with the I.T. Department. Individual problems and questions should be submitted to the appropriate help desk as published or discussed with the I.T. Education Specialist. The Faculty Senate should keep the I.T. Department apprised of discussions about possible future changes so the department can support those initiatives.

1.3 Staff

High-impact staff needs, challenges, and ideas should be communicated through the Strategic Goal Facilitators (S.G.F.s) or Senior Leaders. The I.T. Director will attend S.G.F. and Senior Leader meetings upon request. Low-impact staff needs should be communicated directly through meetings with the I.T. Department. Individual problems and questions should be submitted to the appropriate help desk as published. The S.G.F.s and Senior Leaders should keep the I.T. Department apprised of discussions about possible future changes so the department can support those initiatives.

1.4 I.T. Department

The I.T. Department mission is "stay current with technology trends and make utilization of technology easier for students, faculty, and staff through advising, teaching, automating, and troubleshooting." To support that mission, the department shall regularly gather input from stakeholders to develop plans, budgets, policies, procedures, and training. It shall communicate relevant information to the Central Penn community through a variety of media.

1.5 Technology Steering Committee

At least quarterly, the I.T. Director shall convene a task force representing the above groups to approve strategies, policies, and projects. The group shall include, at a minimum, a Senior Leader, a professor, an academic administrator, a non-academic administrator, a residential student, a non-residential student, and a graduate.

Section 2: Excellence Through Standardization

To maintain a reliable infrastructure serving thousands of stakeholders across multiple campuses, buildings, rooms, and offices requires adherence to standards for hardware, software, networks, installation, configuration, projects, changes, and security.

2.1 Hardware and software standards

With input from stakeholders, the I.T. Department shall set standards for computers, servers, printers, networks, copiers, and similar devices as well as for software to run on those devices. Standards must take into consideration the unique needs of each academic program.

2.2 Purchasing and installation standards

The I.T. Department shall purchase or otherwise acquire all hardware and software, and work with the Business Office for proper accounting of purchases and tracking of assets. To ensure compatibility, security, and reliability, all installations will be performed by I.T. Department personnel or its designated vendor.

2.3 Safety and security standards

To maintain safe, reliable infrastructure, the I.T. Department shall set standards related to device configuration, user access privileges, network usage, virtual security, storage, and physical security of I.T. resources.

2.4 Project management methodology

The I.T. Department shall maintain an effective methodology for managing projects. The department shall use that methodology to manage all I.T. projects. In cases where another party is assigned responsibility for an I.T. project, they may either delegate management of that project to the I.T. department, or manage it using the project methodology.

2.5 Reporting standards

The I.T. Department will produce accurate, useful reports for the organization, and provide tools and training so end users can create their own reports.

2.6 Moves, add, and change process

To ensure all hardware and software is configured to the required specifications, the I.T. Department or its designated vendor will receive, document, acquire approvals for, and administer all technology-related moves, adds, and changes.

2.7 Technical support

To maintain a consistent level of support, the I.T. Department will publish support procedures for all systems that may involve in-house and outsourced components. Both internal and external support providers will document and track all requests received through the proper channels.

Section 3: Community Rights and Responsibilities

3.1 Everyone has a right to reliable systems and support.

3.2 Everyone is responsible for respecting and protecting the privacy of others, and must…

Use only assigned accounts;

Not view, use, or copy passwords, data, or networks to which they are not authorized;

Not distribute passwords or similar private information about others or themselves.

3.3 Everyone is responsible for respecting and protecting the integrity, availability, and security of resources, and must…

Observe all network security practices;

Report security risks violations;

Not destroy or damage data, networks, or other resources that do not belong to them;

Conserve, protect, and share I.T. resources with others;

Report any problems discovered as soon as possible.

Faculty teaching information security and related topics may interpret this section as needed to allow the necessary learning to take place without negatively impacting other areas of the college.

3.4 Everyone is responsible for respecting and protecting the intellectual property of others, and must…

Not infringe copyrights (i.e. the making of illegal copies of music, games, or movies);

Not plagiarize.

3.5 Everyone is responsible for respecting and practicing the principles of community, and must…

Communicate only in ways that are kind and respectful;

Report threatening or discomforting materials;

Not intentionally access, transmit, copy, or create material that violates school policies (such as messages that are pornographic, threatening, rude, discriminatory, or meant to harass);

Not intentionally access, transmit, copy, or create material that is illegal (such as obscenity, stolen materials, or illegal copies of copyrighted works);

Not use the resources to further other acts that are criminal or violate the school's code of conduct;

Not send spam, chain letters, or other mass unsolicited mailings;

Not buy, sell, advertise, or otherwise conduct business, unless approved as a school project.

3.6 The I.T. Department and vendors have the right to advanced notice for move, add, and change requests.

3.7 Management has the right to view emails and other normally-private documents stored on school systems. They shall exercise this right infrequently and judiciously.

3.8 Violations of any section of the I.T. policy may result in disciplinary action for students, faculty, and staff.

Discounts on Hardware and Software

Many online retailers offer deep discounts on hardware and software for students, faculty, and staff. Do an online search for "student discount software" or "student discount hardware."

Campus Wireless Network

The school maintains wireless connectivity to Internet for students, faculty, staff, and guests in all buildings and in many outdoor spaces. No password is required. The network name is "Central Penn."

Questions and Problems

The Central Penn College Information Technology Department and its vendors are ready to help solve any technology problems you encounter and answer any questions you might have related to school hardware, software, and systems. To take advantage of that help:

  1. If you encounter a problem, turn off the device, then turn it back on.
  2. If step one doesn't correct the problem, please take a moment to gather some basic information:
    • Exactly what you are pressing, clicking, or typing, including program names, file names, and web addresses
    • Precisely how the device reacts, including the exact wording of any error messages
    • When the problem first started
    • Your first and last name, location you're calling from, and a phone number or email where you can be reached.
  3. Please call (866) 291-4357 (HELP) or from on campus x4357 (HELP).
  4. If your problem or question cannot be handled right away, ask the person logging the call for a ticket number that you can refer to on any future calls.
  5. If you do not receive the service level you expect, please call the Information Technology Director at (717) 728-2257 with the details and a ticket number so the school and its vendors can continually improve their service levels.

Support for Personal Hardware and Software

As a courtesy, the I.T. Department Help Desk will provide up to 15 minutes of free support for your personal computer or wireless device. If we are unable to resolve an issue within the allotted time, we will be happy to provide a referral to paid sources of support who can assist.

Notice on Copyrighted Materials

Section 3.4 of the Central Penn College Information Technology Policy states "everyone is responsible for respecting and protecting the intellectual property of others, and must not … infringe copyrights (no making illegal copies of music, games, or movies)." Section 3.5 intentionally says "everyone is responsible for respecting and practicing the principles of community, and must not access, transmit, copy or create material that is illegal (such as obscenity, stolen materials, or illegal copies of copyrighted works)."

Sanctions for violations as outlined in the Central Penn Student Handbook, Chapter 6, may include probation, community service, suspension, or dismissal. Under federal law (17USC504, 505), the infringer of a copyright may also be liable for either the copyright owner's actual damage or any additional profits of the infringer, or statutory damages which may range from $750 to $250,000. For more information, please see the website of the U.S. Copyright Office at www.copyright.gov.

Also, the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) requires schools to take certain actions related to protecting copyrighted materials. Here is some information about filesharing and the HEOA:


Central Penn College blocks certain peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing systems (including Gnutella, Ares, eDonkey, etc). Here are links to some sites that are not blocked:

Student Sign-ons

Sign-ons for new students become active within two business days after the Business Office receives a student's deposit (or the deposit is waived).

System Username Password
My.CentralPenn.edu
(grades, etc.)
Student ID Number Random password provided in admissions welcome packet
MyMail.CentralPenn.edu
(student email)
Addresses follow the form firstname.lastname@mymail.centralpenn.edu and may include a number, which can be found under 'personal info' on my.centralpenn.edu Student ID Number
Campus wireless network "Central Penn" None required None required

Computer Labs

All Central Penn College students are welcome to use the following computers for class assignments:

Charles "T." Jones Leadership Library   
Summerdale Campus
M-Th 8am-11pm,
Fri 8am-6:00pm
ATEC - Summerdale Campus
Room 300
Every day 8am-1am
Central Penn Lancaster
Room 106
M-Th 9am-9:45pm
Fri 9am-4pm
Central Penn Lehigh Valley
Room 113
M, T, Th 10am-5pm
W 10am-8:45pm
F 10am-3pm

Additional Resources for Faculty and Staff

Technology Training 

The Information Technology Department provides instruction for selected technologies for faculty and staff. Watch the Central Station newsletter for upcoming classes or call to arrange individual training for you or your department.

Report, spreadsheet, and database development

The Information Technology Department can develop reports drawing data from various systems, spreadsheets to calculate and automate, and databases to house information. Please contact a representative of the department to discuss.

Automation and consulting

The I.T. Department can help you use existing systems to automate manual processes, choose new systems to meet new needs, or discuss ways to get the most out of technology. Visit any member of the team, or call to schedule an appointment.

Computer Labs

Computer Labs are available at all Central Penn Locations, including Summerdale, Lancaster and Lehigh Valley. Wireless internet access is also available for your own devices!