Checking Your Browser
Browsers change, web content changes, and frequently pages don’t render exactly the way a developer wants them to in different browsers or browser versions.
Blackboard maintains a list of browsers that are supported, compatible and certified.
Here’s how to check your browser version:
1. Open your browser:
2. Click on the following:
- Click Help, then About Internet Explorer, the version number that you are using (e.g. Internet Explorer8) appears in the dialog box
- Click Help, then About Mozilla Firefox, the version number that you are using (e.g. Firefox version 3.6.13) appears in the dialog box.
- Click on Safari in the Safari menu
- Select About Safari from the drop-down menu, the version number (e.g. Safari 5.0.3) appears in the dialog box.
STUDENT QUICKLINKS & CONTACTS
2015-2016 Academic Year
UAB Information Technology strives to provide consistent, accessible, personalized and collaborative environments to enhance the student experience. The quicklinks below provide a ‘get-started’ list of the most common services students ask about. For even more information and resources available to the student community visit uab.edu/it/home/students.
BlazerID and Password
Most of UAB’s secured online resources require you to log in using your BlazerID and password. Get a BlazerID or change your password at BlazerID Central at uab.edu/blazerid. Student passwords will expire every 180 days; you will receive notices when it is time to change it. To change or reset a forgotten password, visit BlazerID Central.
Using your BlazerID and password, log into BlazerNet, UAB’s student portal - uab.edu/blazernet. From there you will be able to link to class registration, grades, financial aid and other academic resources.
Your Office 365 account gives you access to free Microsoft Office software, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint, along with 1 TB of storage in a OneDrive account. Other software is also available for free or at a discount.
Free software includes Office 365, Mathematica, Matlab, Endnote, DreamSpark, Antivirus software and Gartner research.
Discounted software includes Adobe Creative Cloud and Dell products.
Every student has access to a free 50 GB e-mail account through Office 365. Your UAB e-mail address
(BlazerID@uab.edu) is the place to look for all official correspondence from UAB. To check or update your e-mail preferences, visit BlazerID Central at uab.edu/blazerid. To register a UAB account, click “Get A UAB Email Account” on the left side of the web page.
For support with all things IT contact AskIT, UAB’s IT help desk. Many self-help articles and FAQs are available on the AskIT website. To access the FAQs, open a ticket or chat with an agent, visit uab.edu/askit, or call AskIT at 205-996-5555. Walk-in help is also available at the Center for Teaching and Learning. Hours of operation vary and are posted on the AskIT website.
File Size & UAB Dropbox
Your Office 365 mailbox has 50 GB of space, and the size limit for attachments is 30MB. Large attachments should be sent via the UAB Drop Box at uab.edu/dropbox.
Have an Apple or Android mobile device? Download the free UAB Mobile app which provides access to class schedules, maps, Campus Directory, news and athletics, and Canvas Mobile: uab.edu/app.
Online courses are available via Canvas (log in with your BlazerID and password at uab.edu/canvas). Training and support opportunities are available at the site.
Recommended System Specifications & Computer Setup
UAB IT provides recommendations on computer specifications for Apple Macintosh and Microsoft Windows PC laptop and desktop systems, and guidance on how to prepare your computer for use at UAB (before you arrive on campus). Visit uab.edu/it/students and select from the available resources for more detail.
Software & Computers
UAB IT offers an extensive library of software for free or at discounted pricing, including antivirus software, Microsoft Office products and more. Microsoft Office products are available to students for free through their Office 365 accounts, along with free storage on OneDrive. Through UAB's relationship with Dell, many computer products are available at a discount to students (and parents on behalf of students). Visit uab.edu/it/students and select from the available resources for more details.
UAB maintains several student computing labs which are open to all current students with a valid BlazerID. For locations and hours, visit uab.edu/it/labs.
The online directory contains contact information for students, faculty, staff and all UAB entities: uab.edu/directory.
The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) includes provisions to reduce the illegal uploading and downloading of copyrighted works through peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing of movies, videos, music, etc. More information, including how UAB detects and responds to illegal downloading activity, can be found at uab.edu/it/heoa.
Individuals who use UAB technology resources are required to read the Acceptable Use Policy in its entirety. This and other IT policies, standards and best practices can be found on the UAB IT website: uab.edu/it/policies.
Students can register their cell phone for various notifications from around campus. From notifications about postings in the learning management system, to reminders about registration deadlines, to being able to reset your BlazerID password remotely (24x7)...it all starts with registering your cell phone and selecting which services you want to take advantage of. Visit uab.edu/enotify and sign up today.
As a student, your information in the Electronic Phonebook and printed Campus Directory is published in accordance with the Family and Privacy Act of 1974, as outlined in Section IV of UAB's Student Records Policy. This is also noted in the printed Class Schedule on the WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW page under the ABOUT STUDENT RECORDS heading, which provides instructions for requesting that this information not be made available. If you submit the waiver form as described, then your entry in the Phonebook will be suppressed, and only you will be able to view its contents. This will also remove your listing from subsequent editions of the Campus Directory.
A less drastic solution is now available, where you can suppress just your phone number and leave the rest of your entry available for display. If you use the Change Information function and supply Contact Information (even if it just says "None"), then that will override your phone number.
Effective July 14, 2014, student access to both wired and wireless networks in UAB’s student dormitories – Blazer, Blount, Camp, Denman and Rast Halls – has been moved to a separate non-UAB network.
All dorms are now served through Apogee ResNet Service, and students should direct all questions or concerns about connecting to the wired or wireless network in their dorms directly to the Apogee Help Line at 866-478-8865.
Outside the dorms, students should continue to connect their devices to the UAB WiFi network. For directions, click here.
Digital Copyright Compliance / HEOA Compliance
The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) includes provisions to reduce the illegal uploading and downloading of copyrighted works through peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing. UAB's policy concerning such copyright and licensing violations can be found in the Acceptable Use of Computer and Network Resources document. The specific, applicable example of a violation from that policy document is:
"Copyright and licensing violations including, but not limited to, providing or obtaining illegal copies of software or digital media (movies, videos, music, etc.) for which legal permission to distribute or possess has not been granted."
Detection and Response
In an effort to comply with HEOA and effectively combat the unauthorized distribution of materials by users of the UAB network, UAB blocks many peer-to-peer protocols primarily associated with copyright infringement. When UAB IT receives a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) notification indicating unauthorized copying of material, UAB IT disables the associated network port and/or wireless connection and notifies the affected user or department. In order to re-enable the network port UAB requires violators to meet with an IT Help Desk representative to discuss the offense and the impact of the violation. Violators are required to bring their system to the Help Desk to ensure that all relevant file sharing software and infringing content has been removed
On subsequent infringement notices, students are referred to the Office of Non-academic Student Conduct. Network access is blocked until we get approval from the Office of Non-academic Student Conduct. Employees are referred to their appropriate departmental management for handling.
Alternative (Legal) Online Sources for Copyrighted Materials
Many legal sources exist for copyrighted material such as movies and music - some are free and others are for-fee. UAB's Mervyn H. Sterne Library maintains a website of Legal Media Downloads with links to many of the sites. They are provided only as a resource and no endorsement is intended for any of the listed sites.
Links to Related Policies
- Acceptable Use of Computer and Network Resources
- Non-Academic Student Conduct
- Other IT Related Policies
Preparing Your Computer for Use at UAB
|Incoming students are required to verify that their computers are up-to-date with the latest patches and antivirus software. This step must be completed prior to connecting to the UAB network using a wired Ethernet (in residence halls only) or wireless (Wi-Fi) connection. Please follow these steps to prepare your computer. When you have prepared your computer, click the link in Step 5 to verify that you have the correct settings.
Step 1. Ensure that your computer is running a valid, licensed operating system. For students, UAB supports PCs with Windows XP with Service Pack 3, Windows Vista with Service Pack 2, Windows 7 with Service pack 1, and Windows 8. UAB also supports Macs with OS X 10.6 or later.
(Note:Microsoft and UAB no longer supports Windows XP. This means you will not receive updates from Microsoft, which will make your computer vulnerable. Students can download Windows 7 and Windows 8 for free on the software website, www.uab.edu/it/students. Click on Microsoft Agreements and Products for more information.
Step 2: For complete setup instructions for WiFi outside the residence halls, click here. A map of WiFi areas can be found here.
Step 3. Check for updates that are available for your operating system. Windows operating systems can be updated by clicking on Start, clicking on All Programs, and then click Windows Update.
Mac OS X operating systems can be updated by clicking on the Apple icon in the Menu ribbon and choosing Software Update.
Step 4: Ensure that one of the antivirus applications that are listed below is installed. The antivirus programs below are free of charge. Contact the AskIT Help Desk at 205-996-5555 for assistance with antivirus software issues.Windows