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Release: Aug. 14, 2000

UI announces improved fall semester computing access for students

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa's division of Information Technology Services (ITS) has announced new and improved services for students beginning with the fall semester.

The new or upgraded services include: improved ITC printing, off-campus Internet access, personal file storage and Web publishing space, new e-mail options, Internet access from residence halls, and long distance rates of 10 cents per minute. David Dobbins, assistant vice president for research and chief information officer (CIO), said that students will be informed of all the new and upgraded services in a flier that is being mailed during August.

The key to the first four of these services will be a personal electronic identification, called Hawk ID, consisting of a user name and password. Hawk IDs will be distributed from WebISIS, the student registration system.

Beginning with fall semester, users of the Instructional Technology Centers (ITCs) -- the general computing labs on campus -- will be required to enter a Hawk ID to log on to the network. Hawk ID will help prevent abuse of campus networking resources and will keep account of an individual's printouts, replacing the old system of punch or magnetic cards. Each student will be issued a printing account with $5 in credit per semester, enough for 100 black and white pages. They may add funds to an individual print account to pay for additional printing.

Students will also be provided with Internet file storage and Web site publishing space for individual use as a pilot project through a partnership with, an Internet file space provider. This server storage space will enable students to access their files from anywhere: an ITC, their campus residence, or home. They may create a personal Web page or store files. Students will be provided with 50 megabytes of storage space. The project will be evaluated after fall semester using information gathered from students and the network response time.

Students living off campus will be able to access university resources and the Internet through a pilot dial-up service. This service will be provided at no charge to students and will use the new Hawk ID. The new service will support 56-Kb connections and full Internet protocols for Web browsing.

Several e-mail options are now available, including Web-based e-mail (WebMail). WebMail is a way for students to access e-mail using their web browser (e.g., Netscape or Internet Explorer). E-mail is stored on the University of Iowa mail server (Blue), so students can access their e-mail from any computer connected to the Internet and installed with a Web browser. For instance, a student can access his or her e-mail from an ITC, a campus residence or a home.

Students living in Daum, Hillcrest, Mayflower, and Quadrangle Residence Halls will be wired to the Internet and university resources this fall. Each student will be able to connect his or her computer to the campus network by using an ethernet card. The remaining residence halls will be wired by the beginning of spring semester.

The long distance telephone rates on domestic calls made by students using their ITS long distance authorization code will be 10 cents per minute. There will be no connection fee, and the rates will be good all day, every day.

Also, the ITCs will undergo an upgrade to Windows 2000 and Office 2000 and more than 500 new computers will replace older ones. Many of these services are paid for by a computing fee paid by each student attending the university.

For more information on these services, please visit the ITS Web page at