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Student Technology Guide

The following checklist covers the basic technology resources that all students should be prepared to use while a student at Juniata.

Computer/Internet Access:

Access to a computer and access to a reliable Internet connection is required.  Internet access is provided to students who live in campus housing.  Mobile devices may also be a reasonable way to acquire communication and some resources.  

If off campus:  Expanded and Affordable Internet Connectivity options are being provided by a growing list of carriers.  Please check here for the current list.  Reach out to Dawn Scialabba, Coordinator of Academic Advising and Acting Registrar, at in the event that you have not been able to identify a workable solution.  Please prepare using the following tips and make sure your technology works as expected.


  • Regular access to and review of your Juniata email is expected.  Make sure your Multi-Factor Authentication is set to a device you will always have access to. 
  • For group communication, projects, and collaboration tools (video, chat, document sharing/editing), login to O365 and use O365 Teams for video conferencing and department collaboration. A quick start guide and online training are available.

Teaching & Learning:

Office Productivity & File Sharing:

Important Links:

Special Software/Systems:

  • Your instructor will communicate if they will require you to access special systems or software and how to do this.
    • Be aware that software on campus computers can be used remotely (assuming they are properly powered and connected) by their primary user via JCVPN and Remote Desktop.  After connecting to JCVPN.  Use these instructions, replacing appserver with the name of the campus computer (or use Appserver if that is the resource you need).
    • Apporto, a cloud based application server, provides access to some software packages. 

Backup Plans:

  • Be flexible, make backup plans.  This may include making copies of important contact information; making copies of files you wish to work on offline; aware of various communication channels via email, phone, or video conferencing; and thinking of creative and alternate ways to learn and do your work.  

NOTE: Additional technology information pertaining to business continuity in the event of a campus closure is available online here and can be downloaded with links intact.