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Password Safety Reminder

May 24, 2018

Seattle Pacific University continues to be targeted by sophisticated phishing scams. "Phishing" is the term given to email messages that attempt to trick you to give up your username and password.

This week a phishing email was sent to 150 Faculty and Staff. Nine individuals responded and gave up their SPU credentials to the attacker.  With their login credentials, the hacker authenticated into Banner as the Faculty/Staff member, viewed sensitive personal data, and made updates to payroll direct deposit information for several individuals.  

Protect Yourself: Learning From This Example

The Email Message

There are two very important things to note in the email below:

  • SenderThe email was sent from "SPU - Alert <tug02925@temple.edu>"  This is suspect for several reasons
    • Official SPU communication will generally come from an spu.edu email address
    • There is a strong mismatch between the apparent sender and the real sender (e.g. SPU - Alert vs. ___@temple.edu)
    • SPU-Alert is the University's emergency notification system, and is associated specifically with campus-wide notifications, not specific messages targeted to sets of individuals
  • Suspicious Links: The screenshot below shows a URL by hovering over the link with the mouse cursor
    • This URL does not indicate anything about SPU

Suspicious Login Prompt

Clicking on the link in the email above sends you to this site.  At first glance, it appears to be the standard SPU login page.  However, it is imperative to note the URL highlighted below, which indicates the site is not actually within spu.edu, but is rather hosted on a completely unrelated site: https://theweeklyobserver.in.  Particularly when paired with the warning signs in the email, it is important to be attentive to a detail like this.

Learn MoreCyberSecurity Awareness #1: Phishing











February 13, 2018

Seattle Pacific University is committed to the continual improvement of security measures that protect university systems and personal data. In 2017, SPU experienced a significant, alarming rise in the number of compromised accounts. As a result, CIS will take several additional steps this year to better protect you and the university's vital information resources. Some of these steps will be done behind the scenes; others will require your attention and involvement.

The first step that you will see involves a mandatory password reset requiring that all SPU account holders change their university password. We do not take this step lightly. The university has never required people to change their password and as a result, there are many accounts with passwords that are five, ten, even twenty years old. 

As this process unfolds, you will receive email communications with instructions on how to reset your password along with a deadline for compliance.  If you do not reset your password in the timeline provided, your account will be locked and additional manual steps will be required for you to regain access. Please join the fight to protect you and the university by changing your password. 

How to Change Your Password


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Why You Need to Reset Your University Account Password

A large number of SPU account credentials were exposed last year as a result of 3rd party data breaches beyond our control. Many people use the same username/password credentials for several different accounts; when one is compromised by a data breach, all accounts (like your SPU account) using the same credentials are also compromised. In addition, a dramatic increase in phishing scams targeting the SPU community have compromised hundreds of accounts. 

There is a high probability that additional compromised accounts have yet to be discovered.  A university wide password reset will resolve any currently compromised accounts.

Example: LinkedIn Data Breach Exposed SPU Credentials
In December 2017, CIS was notified of a list of SPU usernames for LinkedIn accounts that were compromised in the 2016 LinkedIn data breach. Of these accounts, 400+ used the same email/password credentials to log into SPU accounts. The credentials for these accounts had been exposed for nearly two years before they were discovered! 

SPU is Being Directly Targeted
CIS tracks hundreds of attacks on SPU accounts every day. The sophistication and frequency of these attacks increase at an alarming rate.

Protecting Yourself

Use a different password for different websites and resources, particularly if you’re using the same username or email address for those accounts.

What Is at Risk?

Your SPU credentials give access to a wide range of personal data and sensitive information about SPU, its students and employees. This puts the institution at risk and increases your own risk for identity theft.

  • Your Employee Data: W2, payroll history, SSN, birthday, direct deposit, etc.
  • Your/Other Student Data: grades, financial records, sensitive personal information
  • Your Identity: when malicious phishing attempts come from compromised SPU email users, the probability that others will be tricked into thinking the email is legitimate increases.

How We Work to Protect You

CIS spends tens of thousands of dollars each year on technologies and staffing resources to protect the informational integrity of the SPU community.  The internal network is protected by firewalls that block millions of malicious attacks daily. SPU Wifi is encrypted and highly secure from interception and tampering. Sophisticated email filters block between 4,000 and 12,000 phishing/SPAM emails every day.

Combining systems-security with an informed and conscientious user community, we can work together to ensure that data are protected and resources remain reliable and available. Thank you for doing your part to keep our community and its vital informational resources safe.

If you're curious about the breadth and scope of cyber attacks, take a look at the Kaspersky Cyber-Threat Map showing attacks in real-time.

CIS HelpDesk Support and Hours

Office Hours 
Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Extended Hours
(phone, email and classroom support, office visits by appointment)
 
Monday - Thursday 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 
Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

SPU will NEVER ask you to send your login credentials or other personal/confidential information via email. Your account credentials should not be shared with anyone.

January 24, 2018

CIS is continuing to recover from this past weekend's power outage. While services are currently online and operational, over the next week, we may experience periodic slowness of online resources, internet connections, and other short system outages.

Three Key Reasons Why This is Happening?

Damaged Equipment

We are continuing to find equipment, particularly networking gear, that has been damaged by the power outage. Replacing the equipment may come with additional isolated outages that may impact an entire building.  CIS staff will be communicating any anticipated outages to key staff in those areas, but some unexpected services disruptions may continue to occur.

Damaged Systems and Software 

Data Centers do not handle catastrophic loss of power well. While some of SPU's online systems came back online with no issue, others did not.  Last night's Banner Information System outage was one of these casualties.  We are continuing to get alerts from systems that did not fully recover after the power outage and we are working to address them as fast as we can.

System Backups

Each day SPU backs up all on campus data systems to a disaster recovery side located at SPU and to an off-site cloud backup.  This process typically happens overnight and only sends the changes from the day before. The outage and recovery process caused a significant amount of change, which requires us to process a complete backup of all systems.  Starting from scratch like this takes 1-2 weeks running 24/7, which means we can't limit the backup process to non-business hours.

While a system is actively being backed you may experience significant slowness.  CIS staff will be contacting key staff we believe may be impacted by this ongoing process. 

January 20, 2018

All SPU computer systems are back online after last night’s power outage.

What Happened?

Portions of campus lost power around 10pm last night. The backup generator, which supplies power to CIS during power outages, failed to start and the SPU data center “hard crashed”.  CIS staff worked through the night and into Saturday to get systems back online, replacing equipment damaged by the power blips.

Still Having Problems?

If you are still encountering issues with campus computing or technology, please contact the CIS Helpdesk, which is open until 1pm today.  For the remainder of the weekend, please report any system outages to the Office of Safety and Security (206-281-2922).

January 3, 2018

New security vulnerabilities, Meltdown and Spectre, were announced on 1/3/2018 that affect computer processors on virtually all modern computers and mobile devices.  These are hardware bugs that allow programs to steal data that is currently being processed on a computer. This could include passwords, encryption keys, emails, or other sensitive information. These flaws affect nearly all computing devices made since 1997.  This includes PC computers, Macs, tablets, and both Apple and Android smartphones.  Patches for most common devices and software are already available.

What can I do?

CIS recommends that you keep all of your computing devices up-to-date with all patches and hotfixes provided by your hardware and software providers.  These patches typically include important security updates that help to defend against common exploits hackers can use to gain access to your data and personal information. The two most important things to remember:

  1. Don’t Panic!
    While these type of vulnerabilities are very bad, there is no need to panic.  You don’t need to go out and buy a new computer or smartphone to fix the issue. 
  2. Keep your software up-to-date!
    This includes operating system (Windows, MacOS, Linus, iOS and Android OS), your browser (Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Microsoft Edge or Internet Explorer), and any other software you might have installed (Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Cloud, etc). Vendors work very hard to protect you by fixing exploits used by hackers to harm you. Make sure that you install any updates for your software and hardware as they are provided. 


If you are like most people, your phone has the most private and confidential data of any device you use.

Be Safe When You're Mobile:

  1. Use a password/passcode on EVERY device.
  2. Use the built-in "Find my Phone" and remote wipe features.
  3. Never leave your device unattended in a public place. Don't leave it visible in an unattended car.
  4. Keep a clean device -- delete apps when done!
  5. Be smart on Wi-Fi (on- or off-campus).
  6. Consider your surroundings and use your device discreetly at locations in which you feel unsafe.

Use a Password/Passcode on EVERY Device!

Yes, we have said this A LOT and are amazed at how many people leave themselves exposed. Why would you leave access to your Facebook account, your banking transactions, your text messaging, your pictures, your email account, etc. -- to someone who has found or stolen your device? Please, set a login password or passcode on your phone.

Use the Built-in Features of Your Device for Security

All of the manufacturers have features to help keep your device secure.

  1. Configure the built-in system settings.
    • Enable auto-lock (lock your screen after 5 or 10 minutes)
    • Set a password/passcode
  2. Install and/or configure applications like Find-My-iPhone or Locate-My-Droid. If your device is lost or stolen you may be able to quickly find and recover the device.
  3. Enable the remote wipe or the remote data deletion option on your device (especially smartphones and tablets).
  4. Backup your data. Mobile devices are lost, stolen and break. Make sure to regularly backup your device.
  5. Don't "jailbreak" your device. This often removes many of the security precautions put in place by the manufacturer or wireless carrier.

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Keep a Clean Device and Delete Apps Not Used

  • Update Often: Your mobile devices are just as vulnerable to malware as your PC or laptop. Keep your device secure by updating operating system patches and apps often.
  • Delete When Done: Many of us download apps for specific purposes, such as vacation planning, and no longer need them afterwards. Or we have previously downloaded apps that are no longer useful or interesting to us. It's a good security practice to delete all apps you no longer use.

Be Smart on Wi-Fi (on- and off-campus)

The SPU-Wireless network is secure, requires authentication, and encrypts the data that travels through the air to prevent sniffing and hacking. See the instructions here to connect any of your devices (computers, phones, tablets) to the SPU-Wireless network. SPU students and employees SHOULD NOT use SPU-Guests. If you connect to SPU-Guests, use this opporunity to change to SPU-Wireless (see instructions at the link above).

Use caution when you connect to a Public Wi-Fi hotspot (a coffee shop, restaurant, in a hotel, the airport, etc...). While easy and convenient, do take some precautions:

  • Only enter sensitive information on sites using the HTTP S  protocol. The "S" stands for secure and means that there is additional encryption in use and your data will be protected during transmission.
  • Avoid banking and credit card transactions when using public WiFi networks.
  • Update your operating system, firewall and virus protection regularly. You are exposed to a much higher level of potential risk on a public WiFi connection. Protect yourself beforehand.

Safeguard Yourself Against Mobile Device Theft

Don't take for granted that while phones are common, they also bring a demanding price on the black market. Record the device's make, model number, serial number (the IMEI, MEID, or ESN #) and contact information for your carrier. Immediately report a device theft to your carrier and law enforcement.

A reminder that SPU will NEVER ask you to send your login credentials or other personal/confidential information via email. Your account credentials should not be shared with anyone.

Ransomware  has been around for a few years but has recently been on the rise and has hit a few people here at SPU. There are many variations of ransomware -- two of the most prevalent are called Cryptolocker and WannaCry. Ransomware is a serious issue with potentially devastating consequences. Your data and/or your pocketbook is at stake! You could lose your documents, pictures, music, etc... ANY data files stored on your computer.

What You Need to Know?

Ransomware is a type of malicious software designed to block access to your personal files until a ransom is paid. In most ransomware attacks, victims:

  • Are tricked into opening an email attachment that looks legitimate but actually contains malicious ransomware code, or,
  • Are redirected to a legitimate looking web site that infects their computer by browsing to a web page or prompting to install something.

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Once the infection is present the malware encrypts data files and folders on the local hard drive, attached drives, backup drives, network locations, and potentially other computers on the same network. This is nasty stuff and once infected all your data files are inaccessible. Users are not generally aware of the infection until they get a pop-up message advising of the attack and demanding a ransom payment in exchange for a decryption key to restore access to their files. There are often requirements to pay such as -- "Your files are encrypted! Pay $300 in Bitcoin within 72 hours or lose access to your files forever."

For most variants of ransomware there are few if any tools to break the encryption and restore your system and files. Incidents are increasing and more people, businesses, and organizations (hospitals, governments, educational institutions) are being victimized.

What You Need to Do?

Tips for Dealing with Ransomware Threats (students and employee home computers):

  1. Backup your data regularly to a separate drive. For instance, use an external USB thumb-drive or hard-drive, and keep that drive locked away except when backing up your files.
  2. Patch operating systems, software, and applications.
  3. Ensure anti-virus software is running and up-to-date.
  4. Be careful with email, attachments from unknown senders, or demands to follow a link.

For SPU  employees , using SPU  managed computers , accessing  institutional data -- CIS has some additional layers of ransomware protection but ransomware is still a serious threat. Software and application patches, anti-virus updates, protected data backups, mandated browser and security settings, are all enforced for university managed desktop and laptop computers, but you need to do your part.

Help! I Think I Messed Up!

If you think your system is compromised:

  1. Immediately shut down your computer -- press-and-hold the power button until the system shuts off if needed.
  2. Disconnect from the Internet (unplug the cable, turn-off your Wifi connection).
  3. Disconnect any external hard drives or portable devices (including USB drives).
  4. Call or email the CIS HelpDesk immediately (206-281-2982 or help@spu.edu). There may be actions we can take to limit or minimize the damage.

The FBI advises to not pay the ransom -- "Paying the ransom doesn't guarantee that you will get your data back -- we've seen cases where you never get a decryption key after having paid the ransom. Paying the ransom not only emboldens current cyber criminals to target more people, it also offers an incentive for other criminals to get involved." However, if your personal data files have been taken (your personal picture library, your music library, or all your personal records) and you don't have a good data backup, a few hundred dollars may be worth your risk and your expense to return your important data.

Computers that have been infected with ransomware must be wiped clean and rebuilt from the ground up. Any data on the computer is irrevocably lost, and must be restored from a secure data backup. This is not fun or easy and can take hours to complete.

If you see something, say something! We're here to help.

A reminder that SPU will NEVER ask you to send your login credentials or other personal/confidential information via email. Your account credentials should not be shared with anyone.

Passwords... Your First Line of Security!

Test your password strength: Password Checker. Need something better?? See the instructions below to reset your SPU password. A password is often all that stands between a hacker and your sensitive data.

Location Tracking for SPU Credential Use

When you login to selected SPU online services (like Banner, Canvas, the SPU White Pages, and several others) you will be notified via email if the network LOCATION of that connection has never been used by you before.

The email message will provide an approximate location (if it can be determined), time, and online service accessed. If you recognize the general location and time identified in the email alert, you can disregard the notice. If you do not recognize the location, or if the login was NOT YOU -- your SPU credential could be compromised. Please contact the CIS HelpDesk at 206-281-2982 or help@spu.edu or follow the directions below to reset your SPU password.

Four Requirements for Password Security

  1. Choose a strong complex password or passphrase.
  2. Don't share it with others, ever!
  3. Change it occasionally - immediately if you suspect a compromise. See instructions below to change your SPU password.
  4. Don't use the same password for different online accounts. Unique account, use a unique password. 

Use a PASSPHRASE to Create a Strong Password

What makes a strong password?

  • Length - a minimum of eight characters are required for SPU accounts, but 12 characters (or more) will provide better security.
  • Complexity- use upper and lower case letters, numbers, and special characters such as !@#$%^&*()?/[]\.

How to use a Passphrase (a few suggestions):

  • Think of a short sentence or phrase you can easily remember. An example might be: God is in control. Add complexity to the phrase: Godis1nControl#2017
  • Choose three random words: snake, apple, eve. Add complexity to the words: $nake@pple8Eve
  • Add a letter(s) at the end of your base password to make the password unique for each account, such as: $nake@pple8EveFB (for your Facebook account)

Want to Change Your SPU Password?

At SPU, the same Username and Password are used for most campus resources: Banner, Canvas, Webmail/Outlook, network access, etc... Change this password through the Banner Information System.

  1. Login to  Banner  with your SPU username and password
  2. Select the Personal Menu--> then Computer Accounts Menu
  3. Choose Change Your Password
  4. The password sync takes roughly 15 minutes to be in effect for all SPU resources.
  5. After you change your password make sure you update it on any device that might store the password (phones, tablets, etc...).

Use Multi-Factor Authentication When Available

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is a method of computer access control that requires two of the following: something you know (like a password), something you have (like a mobile device or a security dongle), or something you are (like a fingerprint or an eye scan).

SPU already uses MFA for certain administrative access to the Banner system, and will be adding additional MFA options and requirements later this school year.

Many banks and online services (Apple iCloud, Microsoft, DropBox, etc..) are providing optional multi-factor authentication. Take advantage of these new tools. It will make your access much more secure.

Store an External Email Address in the Banner System

There are times when you forget your password or need to reset your SPU password through our automated system. We can use an alternate/non-SPU email address to help reset your password if there is one stored in Banner. CIS recommends that EVERYONE setup a NON-SPU/External email address.

As an added security measure, you will receive email notifications to your Non-SPU account advising you of SPU password resets, DirectDeposit changes, and Location Tracking notifications (see above).

  1. Login to  Banner  with your SPU username and password
  2. Select the Personal Menu--> then Personal Information Menu
  3. Choose Update Email Address
  4. Then ADDCHANGE or DELETE your NON-SPU email address(es).

If you forget your SPU password and need help to reset it, you can go to: http://spu.edu/findmyid/ for assistance.

Consider Using a Password Manager Application

The difficulty of keeping track of different passwords for all your online services is a big challenge. You might want to consider the use of Password Manager application or service. There are many to choose from, but here are three that have been vetted by CIS:

All of these provide low cost or free personal use.

A reminder that  SPU will NEVER  ask you to send your login credentials or other personal/confidential information via email. Your account credentials should not be shared with anyone.

"Phishing" is the name given to email messages that try and trick you to give up your username and password. SPU blocks lots of phishing email through filtering, but some messages inevitably get through. Moral of the story: "Please be cautious!"

When are you most susceptible?

Statistics reveal some interesting patterns and trends in regards to when and how most people fall for phishing:

  • More responses occur from mobile phones.
  • More responses occur when respondents are away from the office.
  • More responses occur outside of work hours (evenings and weekends).

SPU Users Are Still Taking the Bait!!

Despite the warnings about responding to phishing messages - some students and staff continue to be victimized.

  • Phishing scams appear to come from legitimate sources like the "Email Administrator," the "HelpDesk," the "IT Dept," your Internet Service Provider, your bank, eBay, Paypal, etc.... The messages often direct you to a fake web site or ask you to reply with private information like usernames and passwords.
  • In the past few weeks some SPU users have had their Banner information modified as a result of stolen passwords. While a frequent use of stolen passwords is to use your account for spam and more phishing attacks -- other more sensitive personal data is also exposed.
  • Beware and be suspicious! Scammers are very sophisticated in making their pages look like the real thing. Once your account information has been compromised the hacker can then access other private and personal information and steal your identity.

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Tips for Phishing Detection

Four message characteristics to be on the guard for:

  • Greetings and closings. A generic recipient or closing is a good indication the message is phishing. ALL messages about restoring an email account or performing system maintenance should be viewed with caution.
  • Clickable links re-direct you to another web site. Always be cautious about links in email messages. See below for "hover" technique.
  • Threats or urgency in the message language, such as response deadlines.
  • Attachments: PDF or Word files are frequently used as “click bait” to trick you into opening unsafe files.

Use the "Hover" Technique

Many phishing messages include links that send the user to a malicious web site or a fake login page. Hover over the web links with your mouse to inspect the web site address BEFORE YOU CLICK! An example might be the printed URL and actual destination addresses don't match.

Oops, I made a Mistake!

  • What should you do if you take the bait? If you think you might have taken the bait and given up your SPU username and credential -- immediately go to the Banner System (Personal Menu, Computer Accounts Menu, Change Your Password) and reset your SPU password.
  • What will CIS do if your account has been compromised? CIS suspects an email account is compromised when we notice the account sending large volumes of spam or other malicious activity. Our action is to immediately disable the compromised account which will block access to SPU email, Canvas, Banner, and all other campus resources. The account will stay blocked until we can assist with password changes and remediation.

SPU has been the target of dozens of phishing attempts in the past few months. We block 1,000's of messages a day that are phish -- but some are always going to get through. Requests for "immediate action" to prevent account closures, disconnection of service, or other verification are sure signs you're being "phished." SPU WILL NEVER ask for your PASSWORD via email.

Welcome Back!

Welcome to new  students and welcome back to  returning  students. We are excited for the start of another school year and trust you are too! Please review this Technote in preparation for the beginning of classes.

New to SPU?

Prepare for your arrival on campus now by going to New to SPU to learn about campus technology resources.

Accessing the Wireless Internet on Campus

Wireless network connectivity is available across campus. See Connecting On Campus for complete instructions.

Connecting to SPU Wireless

SPU-Wireless is available only to students, faculty and staff.

  1. Associate your device with the SPU-Wireless SSID.

  2. When prompted for a network key or password, type "SPU-Wireless" (exactly the same as the network SSID, without the quotes).

  3. On many devices a splash page will appear prompting you to login with your SPU Username and Password.   (If no page appears, launch a web browser and surf around until a sign-in page prompts for your SPU credentials.)

Guest Wireless Access 
Campus visitors (such as friends or parents) can get temporary wireless access via our guest network.

  1. Associate your device with the SPU-Guests SSID.
  2. A splash page will appear prompting you to register by email or SMS (text). If no splash page appears, open a web browser and surf until one does.

  3. Follow the instructions on the login page and confirm your registration by responding to the email or text message you receive.

  4. Current SPU students should NOT connect to "SPU-Guests" as network access is limited.

Microsoft Office365 For Education

SPU has a long-term relationship with Microsoft to provide a wide range of online services. These services are hosted by Microsoft and called "Office365 for Education." The services include:

  • SPU Email  - Your SPU email account is used for all official campus communication and you should check it on a frequent basis (daily). Go here for help in configuring SPU email across all your devices (computers, tablets, phones, etc...). SPU users get 50 GB (gigabytes) of email storage space. (That's a lot!)
  • OneDrive for Business  - OneDrive for Business provides a huge Internet-hosted storage location that is secure and reliable. It is accessible from any of your devices, on- or off-campus, and can also be shared with others for group collaboration. Go herefor help in using OneDrive for Business. SPU users get 1 TB (terabyte) of storage space.

Many other online services are also provided with Office365. The easiest way to see all of the services is to login using SPU  Webmail  and click on the "Office 365 Navigation Waffle" link on the upper left menu bar.

Banner

The Banner Information System is a database of student records and information for students, faculty and staff to view and update information that pertains to their role and relationship with SPU.  To access the Banner Info System, go to:  spu.edu/banweb  and log in with your SPU Username and Password.

Canvas

Canvas is the SPU Learning Management Platform and the Educational Technology and Media (ETM) department has a wealth of content for help using the new system. Go to spu.edu/learncanvas to get started.

If you are having trouble with Canvas, such as a course not appearing or not seeing your course content, contact your professor.  If that does not resolve your issue, contact the Educational Technology & Media office at etmhelp@spu.edu or at 206-281-2170.

Prep Your Computer Before Your Arrival

Prior to your arrival on campus it is highly recommended that you make sure your computer is up-to-date. Install the latest operating system updates and patches (both Windows and Mac) and make sure your other apps are current as well (especially anti-virus programs).

Install Microsoft Office

Current students may obtain the latest version of Microsoft Office for Windows or Mac (full product download and install) through the Microsoft Student Advantage Program. There is no cost to install the software on up to 5 personal devices, including your desktop/laptop (PC or Mac), your tablet (iPad or Android), or your mobile phone (iPhone, Android, Windows Phone).

Go here for instructions on downloading and installing Microsoft Office.

Student Printing Service

SPU provides a campus-wide copier/printer program for students. There are several Multi-Function Printers (MFP's) located across campus for your use.

  • Students are granted free print credit at the beginning of each quarter that accumulates through the academic school year. Students enrolled in 12 or more credits get $5.00 per quarter, students enrolled in 11 credits or less get $2.50 per quarter. Once print credit has been used up, you can load Falcon Funds on your SPU ID Card for additional printing.
  • You can print black and white OR full color prints on paper sizes from 8 1/2" x 11" up to 12" x 18". The costs are .04 cents per page for black & white and .08 cents per pagefor color.
  • You may print directly from your computer or a USB flash-drive, copy, and scan to email.
  • Document scanning on the MFP's is free and does not require print credit.
  • You can submit print jobs via the web from on- or off-campus and print them from any MFP once arriving on campus. A nice feature for commuter students.
  • Instructions are posted at each MFP as well as our the CIS website at: MFP Student Printing.

Peer-to-Peer File Sharing and Copyright Compliance

Copyright law protects the owners and creators of intellectual property from having their works stolen, copied, or distributed without permission. File sharing software that copies and distributes songs, movies, videos, games, and software applications without the permission of the owner can create both a criminal and civil liability for the user of the computer performing those actions. Content owners use technological means to track the file sharing of their intellectual property on the Internet.

Campus computer users are warned to refrain from using peer-to-peer software applications (such as BitTorrent) to infringe on the distribution of copyrighted material. Note that many of these applications may scan your computer for other “legal copies” of music or movies and distribute those files automatically and without notice. Whether or not you have legally downloaded data, you are still responsible for the activities of your computer when connected to the campus network. Go here for more information about copyright compliance.

Phishing Scams and Other Warnings

Phishing messages are scams attempting to steal your username and password. Its worth noting that the start of the year is a common time to see more of these scams. PLEASE DO NOT reply to these messages or follow web links where you must confirm or enter a username and password. While many of these messages get filtered out of your INBOX some may get through. SPU will NEVER ask you to send or verify your login credentials or other personal/confidential information via email. Your account credentials should not be shared with anyone!

Update Your Emergency Contacts and SPU-Alert Information

It's important to be made aware of campus emergencies as quickly as information is provided. SPU-Alert is the system used to notify you of campus emergencies via text, email, and voice calls. We need your current contact information so that we can text you alerts during a campus emergency.

The beginning of the school year is a great time to review and update your information. Log into the Banner Information System go to the Personal Menu, and update your information on the Emergency Alert System, and also your Emergency Contact Information.


A reminder that SPU will NEVER ask you to send your login credentials or other personal/confidential information via email. Your account credentials should not be shared with anyone.

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