USF provides fast Internet service for all students and faculty on campus. The network is functional and has very few firewalls, which makes browsing the Web for sources when working on a paper much easier. Residence hall rooms are also equipped with one active Ethernet jack per person (with the exception of Phelan, which has one jack per room). Information Technology Services (ITS), the on-campus computer and network service, does not provide Ethernet cords, but the Office of Residence Life provides them on a first-come, first-served basis. Most students choose to bring their own computers to school, both because it’s far more convenient and portable, but also because it makes it easy to avoid fighting for a desktop computer in one of the labs on campus.
ITS has a help desk, and they are always happy to help students with any questions or problems that might arise. They provide support in person, over the phone, and via email. They also maintain the computer labs and USFconnect, an online source for email, employment resources, registration, grades, University announcements, campus news, and event information. It’s a good idea to check your school email regularly or forward your USF email to a personal email account if you check it more frequently. Most professors, clubs, and departments make use of USFconnect, so it’s important to check it as often as possible. It’s a good way to stay up-to-date on campus life.